Early last week, when I was still traveling back and forth to visit at the hospital in Philadelphia, I got it into my head that I would like to make some forsythia bloom. It is called "forcing" when you bring branches indoors, where it is warm, in order to make them bloom early. I had never done it before.
We have some very wild forsythia bushes on the edge of our partly wooded yard. They get a good amount of shade and they usually bloom in late March or early April. I went outside last Sunday and cut several branches. I trimmed everything off of the bottom 8-10" of the branches and put them in a vase with warm water. That's it.
For the last couple of days, the buds have been swelling. This is how they brightened my dining room this morning.
Also this morning, I went out to the bush to take a photo to show you what its branches still look like.
The weather in this part of the US has been very warm and quite beautiful for March. I love Spring very much, and I am happy to have it indoors as well!