forcing branches and the files

Hello, Friday. I've been waiting for you! I don't know what it is like where you live but in Eastern Canada we are still waiting for spring. In fact, a couple of days ago we received at least 6 inches of snow! Personally, at this time of year I need a little pick me up and there is nothing like adding some beautiful flowering branches to your home.

Have you ever tried forcing branches before? It's a simple, easy project you could do this weekend that will cost you nothing and have your home feeling like spring in no time. All you need to do is hunt down a flowering shrub or tree, like a forsythia, magnolia, apple, cherry, or flowering dogwood in your backyard (or neighbour's backyard!) and cut down a few branches. Once you get them home, smash the ends of the cuttings with a hammer and simply place them in some clean water. For more detailed instructions, click here.

I cut these branches down last weekend and on Thursday my home was filled with bright yellow flowers.

And if that doesn't convince you, check out the interiors below to see how effective a vase (or boot) full of flowering branches can be.

Image Credits:

1 - Virginia MacDonald
2 - Berno Hjalmrud
3 - Lerkenfeldt Photography
4 - Gemma Comas
5 - Angus Fergusson