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