Friday, February 4, 2011
You'll Make It An Offer It Can't Refuse
I've never been one to "bully" anything, but it is the dead of winter, and I'm over it.
I need spring.... now...
This weekend is the perfect time to head out into the garden and prune a few branches to "force bloom".
I plan on cutting enough branches to place in several rooms. Just about any type of container will do. You are only limited by your imagination.
The best candidates for forcing are those that are about 6 to 7 weeks out from blooming in nature.
A few options:
deutzia sweet almond
azalea purple sandcherry
apple mock orange
dogwood bradford pear
If you didn't get your degree in gardening, and are not sure what to prune, don't worry. Bare branches, creatively displayed, can be dramatic, and just as pretty...
To keep forced flowers looking fresh you can whip up a batch of homemade flower preservative:
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon household chlorine bleach
Mix with 1 quart water
If interested, I have attached this 6 minute instructional video of Heather Sherwood, senior horticulturist at the Chicago Botanical Garden, explaining how to prune and force branches of several different trees and shrubs.
Now get out there and bully those boughs!!!