Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Yellow Tips

Our weather has been more winter like lately; but at the end of January, we had some very warm days.  On one of those days, I did some pruning including on the forsythia bushes.  There are four forsythia bushes at Garden on Sherlock Street.  I have read about forcing flowering shrub branches to bloom inside during the winter, but had never tried to do it.  This year, I took a few of the forsythia branches and put them in a vase of water.  This was on February 1st.

I brought the vase into the house.

Today, I saw the buds growing these tiny teardrops with yellow tips.

The flowers are coming!!


  1. I've read about doing that also. Looks like you will have fresh blooms very soon.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  2. I love Forsythia. Enjoy the indoor colour, it looks well on it's way!

  3. We had a lot of forsythia at our last two homes but I never did try this. How fun to have the blooms indoors during the dreary days!

  4. I've wanted to try this for years and STILL haven't gotten around to it. I guess I'm lucky I can watch the progress on yours. Thank goodness for people with foresight!

  5. Hey, that's a great idea! We have two beastly forsythias in the driveway...out of control. Maybe I'll prune some branches and bring them in for some color!

    We're researching how to prune them / hack them back...they grow SO fast and were already about 15 feet tall at least when we moved in. I love them but they keep taking over!

    1. Forsythia grow crazy fast. If the branches creep on the ground, they will root in and you'll have a lot more quick. It seems like every place you prune, multiple branches sprout. I had to really whack mine a few years back because they were such a mess. The branches practically tie themselves into knots while growing. You can shape them if you wish. I know a garden that has them in cubes. Really. They look funny that way while blooming because to keep them that way, they cut off the bloom buds by pruning all the tips; but are fine otherwise if you want cubes. I like the long draping branches so I always prune back to another branch or to the ground. Like with lilacs. Just shape them the way you wish and cut out anything that is dead. If you feel like you mess up and cut too much, don't panic. They will fill back in.

  6. Oh Awesome!! I can't wait till they bloom for you!! I'm not sure my forsythia will even come back this year. .it looked pretty rough by the end of the season!

  7. Oh how neat... None of my Forsythias (got a new one last year) are showing any signs of growth yet.. Of course, it's still early for our area ---and snow is predicted on Sunday... BUT--I will be thrilled if and when I see a BUD on mine...

    Have a great weekend.

  8. pretty shadow shot! :)

    thank you for coming by and commenting on my anti-word verification post. yes, i do know that eventually Blogger will make us shift to the new interface, but i'm hoping that before they do, they allow folks the option to say no to word verification! craziness!

    i also had to switch to Google Chrome a few weeks ago from Internet Explorer since i could no longer load or comment on some blogs who had the 'embed below post' setting. always a glitch somewhere...

    blessing to you!!!

  9. I love to do this too! They are so easy to force and keep us satisfied until spring really does arrive.


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