The sun-protected patches of snow on the north side
of my lawn remind me that it's still winter - and more
snow is predicted. Needless to say, I am more
than ready for spring.
One of my favorite ways to coax spring to come a little
earlier is to bring branches from my flowering shrubs
and trees indoors. With a little nurturing, I can mimic
springtime and the branches will provide weeks of
beautiful blooms to help me survive the final days of winter.
Remove any buds or leaves that will be underwater. Place the container of branches in a cool room, out of direct sunlight for a few days. Mist branches or wrap with plastic to help branches stray moist while they adjust to the new environment. After a couple of days remove the branches from the water, re-cut ends and arrange in a vase of cool water. Change the water in the vase regularly. Once the blooms are out, the vase can be moved to a sunnier location. Enjoy!
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