Forcing flowers

Are you tired of winter yet?  Although February is the shortest month, it seems to drag on forever.  One of my favorite things to do this time of year, barring a winter vacation on a warm beach somewhere, is to force some spring flowers indoors.  This really boosts my spirits.

Force some forsythia branches for a winter boost

Force some forsythia branches for a winter boost

It’s really very easy.  Just snip off some branches of your overgrown forsythia, put them in a vase of water.  Wait a week, and voila!  Instant spring!  This works well with forsythia, flowering quince, crabapple or cherry blossoms.  You don’t have to put them in the sunshine or add anything to the water, just wait.  Try it for yourself and give yourself a winter boost.

Geraniums in winter

Geraniums in winter

If you really plan ahead, pot some of your geraniums in the fall before the frost, put them in a south-facing window.  You’ll have blooms all winter long.  Just keep pinching off the dead blossoms.

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