Use The Force

February 17, 2010

I know many of you are blanketed in snow, and part of me wants to be frolicking in a big pile of it right now.  Yet out here on the west coast, we’ve been blessed with a hint of spring.  I was in a euphoric trance this morning as I walked through Lowe’s garden department.   Rows and rows of tulips and daffodils.  Oodles of fresh new plants budding for spring !

It’s still cold around here, but the cherry blossom trees have just started to bud.  Just two days ago, I clipped a few branches off our mature cherry blossom tree, then I brought some branches indoors to force them to bloom.

I’ve never had real  cherry blossoms budding in my house – I’ve always enjoyed the fakes from Pier One.  But these beautiful pink blossoms are making me smile today.

“They’re real, and they’re spectacular.”

forced cherry blossom branch

I simply followed these steps by Better Homes & Gardens.

1) Clip pencil size branches that have small buds with a pruner; 2) Strip buds and small branches from bottom where lower part will be in water; 3) Peel away a bit of bark from the base to assist in water absorption, and place in a warm spot in your home.  That would be the kitchen window in my house.

Isn’t it amazing what a few blooms can do to chase away the winter blues ?

forcing branches

cherry blossom branches in vase

cherry blossoms up close

Here’s a few more photos of forced branches just to get you even more excited for the arrival of spring.

bhg white blooms Better Homes and Gardens


house beautiful forsythia House Beautiful


vogue Vogue


martha cherry and dogwood Martha Stewart

via habitually chic Via Habitually Chic



martha branches Martha Stewart

Ah, spring.  It just can’t come fast enough, can it ?

Have you ever used the force ? 

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