Monday, February 2, 2009

Bring a Little Spring In

I am one of those people who does not tolerate the dark and gloomy days of winter very well. My mood, mind, and body all become cold and lethargic. I believe the lengthy dark and cold was one of the prevailing factors that drove me home early from a family relocation to Denmark.

One of my favorite things to do in late winter is to bring a little Spring into the home. Some years I force paperwhites (Narcissus). I also love to start my garden plants indoors. That will be a later posting!

Every year I also like to take advantage of the many spring-flowering shrubs in my garden by bringing some branches in early and forcing them into bloom. I especially have a thing for pussy willows. I grow three varieties as well as curly willow. These shrubs all take so easily to forcing indoors. As a matter of fact I have so many shrubs because willows root so easily in water -I end up planting all my cuttings!

Here's the new cuttings.

A few days later the Fantail pussy willow is opening.

The black pussy willow still has a reddish cast. It will darken in the next day or two.


  1. Thanks for the inspiration...I have just had it with winter.
    Can I do this the same way with Forsythia? I am going to try.

  2. Oh yes! Forsythia is forced very easily. Hope yours blooms beautifully!