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





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.