Posts Tagged 'winter'

Early Spring Blooms: Indoors.

I love to see blooms indoors. I’m not a fan of house plants sitting in dark corners or dropping dead leaves all over. So naturally, forcing branches into full-on flowers indoors is a simple garden fix for the last days of winter. And it’s not at all hard to do. Branches from almost any Spring flowering shrub or tree can be used. Consider forsythia, red bud, pussy willow, quince, crab apple and cherries to bring inside for a forced flourish.

indoor blooms forced gardening

Choose branches that are at least 12 inches long (I prefer at least 20 inches) and should have several tight but plump buds on the branch. Carefully cut the branch away from the parent shrub or tree with a sharp clean knife. You may want to take a few more branches than you need, just in case some fail to bloom properly indoors.

indoor blooms forced gardening

Carefully split the base of the branch about 4 inches up the branch and then trim 1 inch off the base. Place the whole branch in warm water. After the branches have soaked overnight, remove them from the water and place them immediately into the container or vase where they will be displayed, preferably in a room that’s between 60 and 7 degrees. Large clear glass containers look great with dark branches immersed in water.

Branches from almost any Spring flowering shrub or tree can be used. Consider forsythia, red bud, pussy willow, quince, crab apple and cherries to bring inside for a forced flourish.

The flowering branches will need bright, indirect light in order to bloom indoors properly. Direct light can be very intense and may burn the branches or flowers. Like any flower bulb, your branches should bloom within one to 4 weeks. Make sure you change out the water to keep it fresh to help flowers to last longer.

6 More.

Noooo! Phil saw his shadow! Thanks to legend, if a hibernating animal sees its shadow on Feb. 2, the Christian holiday of Candlemas, winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow is seen, spring will come early. Where was the cloud?

Punxsutawney Phil (say that six times fast).

This is the little groundhog bugger I was talking about in my last post (sorry for the delay in postings… I’ve been extrememly busy and out of reach from this blog). On Tuesday, Punxsutawney Phil is going to come out into the light from his cozy enclosure in a Pennsylvania town that bears his name to let us know if he sees his shadow (that means that Winter is here to stay for six more weeks). Here is to hoping its a real cloudy day tomorrow. =)

Punxsutawney Phil

Punxsutawney Phil

In DC, ALL is White!

We got slammed! Record snowfall covered every part of the Washington, DC area this weekend! Almost two feet deep! I LOVE IT! Although I had a hankering for creating super snowmen, roomy igloos, and the most beautiful snow angels, I managed to only get in some fun and tiring walks with my dog, lots of hours shoveling out completely covered cars, and a few photos snapped here and there while holding a leash, hot coffee, and my balance. Here are some photos I captured around town!

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