Ready to perk up your space for spring? I have an easy project for you today…
This one requires a little patience, but nothing compared to forcing spring bulbs. When forcing branches, you’ll start to see changes in days, not weeks.
If you have a tree or shrub in your yard that flowers in the spring, that’s all you’ll need. After at least 6 weeks of cold weather (no problem here!), simply cut a handful of branches with clean sharp garden shears at a natural joint (close to the base of the trunk or where it intersects with another branch).
Bring the branches inside and re-cut the bases at a sharp angle under water. Tap the bottoms with a heavy object to spread open the wood to absorb more water. Arrange in a jar, vase or bottle half-filled with clean water and a few drops of alcohol to prevent bacteria growth. Repeat every few days to keep the flowers lasting as long as possible.
Place the branches out of direct sunlight and you will likely start seeing blooms in as little as a week.
Those of you who live in warmer climates are probably already seeing blooms outside. We’re still a month or so away depending on the weather, so it’s nice to get a little preview of what’s to come. Can’t wait!
Check out these beautiful ideas for spring, too, including this bucket of tulips from Vibeke Design.
Thanks for stopping by,