One of my spring-break projects had been to whip the forsythia into shape. I've wanted to do this every year and finally this year I just dove in.
The unruly plant right in the middle got whacked down to the ground. This means there will be no yellow on this one this year. But I am hoping that with all the new growth next year it will be glorious.
As chance would have it, the day I decided to deal with the forsythia, one of my professors from grad school visited. She is also a fantastic gardener and I asked her advice about the plant. Among other things, she told me her mother used to cut stalks early and force them indoors. Since I was cutting the whole plant down I thought well, why not?
I stuck them in the watering can and brought them inside.
A week later little buds appeared. I pulled the stalks with the flowers and put them into another vase.
They look fantastic against the blue kitchen wall.
Meanwhile the forsythia outside (the one I left alone) has not done anything. It is still sticks. Will I get two rounds of yellow this year?