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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Forced Blooms

Granny’s way of forcing blooms worked well. The forsythia and bridal wreath branches I cut have been blooming for more than a week now. Hard to tell from the photo-but when the blooms where at their brightest-there was still a skiff of snow on the bank outside the window-which made having Spring sitting in my kitchen all the nicer.


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.




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    February 21, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I bet they are pretty!

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    Lonnie L. Dockery
    February 21, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Mine still haven’t bloomed Tipper! I either got them too early or there’s not enough sunshine coming through the window. I think the ones outside are going to bloom first!

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    February 20, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Margaret-forcing forsythia is really easy. You can see how I did it here:

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    February 19, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Oh so pretty.
    It will be quite awhile befor we have any flowers blooming up here in the North country.

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    lynn legge
    February 19, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    tipper.. just love forsythia dont you? their yellow brightens the spirit.. there is a row of them at the end of my street and when i see them in bloom, i know that the springs warm breezes arent far away.
    its always nice to bring in some branches.. i love doing that to my lilacs.. cant wait.. but the darned groundhog said its gonna be colder again.. and i guess hes right as its only 28 right now.. ugh
    big ladybug hugs

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    February 19, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Looks like your forced blooms did
    work. I wondered about all that
    when you cut-off those twigs a
    while back, but I know nothing much about flowers anyway. I can
    see the snow in the background,
    reminding us winter ain’t over yet…Ken

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    February 19, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Very pretty!
    Wish I had some spring in my house.

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    Nancy @ A Rural Journal
    February 19, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Yep — forcing blooms is a spring-time tradition around here. 🙂

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    February 19, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Checked my Forsythia earlier this morning and expect it to bloom in the next 2 weeks. I also have daffodils with blooms just waiting to burst forth on a beautiful sunny day.
    How do you force the Forsythia blooms in the house? I would love to do that next year.

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    Jim Casada
    February 19, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Tipper–Interesting to me in that I never knew what forsythia was until I was grown. On the other hand, I had an intimate acquaintance with yellow bells, not only for the plant’s blooming beauty but because it was a favored source of switch material when I needed correction for some piece of waywardness or the other. I actually like the name yellow bells better, because it is expressive and, to me, carries exactly the sort of descriptive accuracy you expect from mountain folks.
    Jim Casada

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    Canned Quilter
    February 19, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Forsythias and Bridal Wreath in February! Who could ask for more….

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    February 19, 2011 at 10:25 am

    A breath of spring in the frozen heart of winter – Granny knew her stuff! Thanks for another beautiful and thought-provoking picture!

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    Miss Cindy
    February 19, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Oh yes, I am so ready for spring!

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    February 19, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Oh my…The photo of the forsythia brought back memories.I miss the sights and smells of N.C. Its hard living in florida sometimes when your heart is somewhere else.

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    Sheryl Paul
    February 19, 2011 at 7:56 am

    beautiful, what a wonderful thing in the bare cold winter!

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