Soft moss a downy pillow makes, and green leaves spread a tent,
Where faerie fold may rest and sleep until their night is spent.
The bluebird sings a lullaby, the firefly gives a light,
The twinkling stars are candles bright, Sleep, Faeries all, Goodnight.
---Elizabeth T. Dillingham "A Faery Song"

Monday, February 14, 2011

May the Force Be With You... (and Me!)

I thought I'd share my "forced" forsythia branches with you.  Nothing like fooling mother nature a little bit!  She sure has had fun with me this winter..ha.  We are enjoying temps in the 60s this week so the real thing will appear in a couple of weeks.  Till then...may the force be with YOU.


  1. Ooooo! I LOVE the yellow forsythia in that gorgeous blue vase! You did
    pull one over on mother nature with this one. You go girl!
    Patricia :o)

  2. I have never done this. Is now the time to cut them?

  3. AHHH!! I have never tried that either. .my forsythia is not too big yet. .but someday when it is. .I will relish in fooling mother nature too!!

  4. I really should force a few too! I stuck a few sand cherry branches in water and they bloomed - but also developed roots. I wasn't trying to make more plants!

    Have you ever done a presentation for a group on roses and their propagation/care?

  5. @ Phillip- I cut these a couple of weeks ago. Yes now is a fine time to do this. I just keep the water topped off as it evaporates. Nothing to it. It's nice to have forsythia a few weeks ahead of schedule.
    @ Dave- No I have never presented on rose propagation and care...why?

  6. How weird is it that we both did posts on forcing forsythia at the same time? It's great to see someone else who messes with Mother Nature whenever she can!! I have also done this with quince and pussy willow ... and I'm sure most other spring-blooming shrubs will also respond. I wonder if I could do dogwood??? You KNOW I'm going to try. :)

  7. Your photo reminds me that it's time to bring up my "fake" blooming forsythia branches from the basement. lol

    You lucky duck, you've got the real things. Luv it.


  8. I'm trying to grow forsythia. I didn't know that it would root so easy. 1 of the limbs lay on the ground & it rooted. Now I have 3 of them. Could it be a traveler in my zone 8/8b?