forcing branches

A few days ago, I posted about bringing in some branches from my backyard to decorate my house. It turns out that this is the perfect time of year to do such a thing. If you happen to have a deciduous flowering shrub or tree in your backyard like a magnolia, cherry tree or forsythia than you can force it to bloom early. Your house will be filled with the signs of spring long before your garden catches up. According to the Canadian Gardening website, all you have to do is wait until the temperature is around 10 degrees Celsius and then cut your branches a little longer than you want them. Once indoors, trim about 6 inches from the bottom and smash the ends with a hammer. Place them in room temperature water and within a few days you will have wonderful flowers.

These branches are from the forsythia in my backyard. Aren't they amazing?

I also put a smaller collection of branches on my mantlepiece.

And just to show you what a huge effect adding some flowering branches can do for your interior check out these two shots.

Jenna Lyon's kitchen looking a bit cold and sterile. From Levenson McDavid Architects.

And with branches! Much better! From Domino magazine.