Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Light on a Grey Day


Rainy January days like yesterday are why I bring forsythia inside so it will bloom early. 
And in spite of the brilliance of the cardinals outside, the leftover Christmas lights add a welcome sparkle.
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23 comments:

estaminet said...

Vicki, is there anything I need to know to make forsythia bloom inside, beyond cutting branches and plonking them in a vase? I rather desperately need springtime cheer...thanks for the charming idea.

Martin H. said...

Those glistening droplets, surrounding the cardinal, look like more leftover lights. Charming photographs.

Reader Wil said...

What a cosy, happy and warm room! I think I am going to follow you and cut some fosythia branches today!
Thanks for your comment on bags. I know the word "pokes" now from your books. The language or dialect Birdie and other neighbours of Elisabeth speak, is very nice once you get the hang of it.

Alan Burnett said...

Now that looks like a comfortable, sit-down-and-make-yourself-at-home, kind of room.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Until I saw it on your blog, I had no idea you could bring forsythia inside to force blooms. You can bet I won't forget this great idea.
Sam

Kath said...

Calm, cozy, and lovely.
Always love a beautiful photo of a cardinal.
Thank you.

Vicki Lane said...

More rain today-- we need the brightness.

Estaminet -- I put them in lukewarm water -- figuring that the cold water from the tap might cause the pores or whatever the right word is to shut tight. And I put the vase or pitcher in a window where the branches will get some sun.

Our cats treat the pitcher as a drinking hole so I have to keep adding water and once, when there had obviously been a tussle and some of the branches were lying on the table, I cut the ends a second time so the pores would be open.

More than you needed to know.

That's what our dogs think, Alan.

Miss_Yves said...

I love the contrast between the grey , cold outside and your cosy home, between the promise of spring and the last garlands of Christmas!

Deanna said...

I would be curled up on that couch, watching the fire glow. Love the cardinal picture!

Brenda said...

It's been a long time since I've "forced" forsythia. (I kind of like the concept of "coaxing" bulbs and forsythia better, but...). I may just have to do that. Imagine kitchen windows here and there in different homes around the country and world, filled with bright yellow forsythia branches in bloom, all because you gave us the idea - lol!

Louise said...

Hurry Spring!

Carol@The Writers Porch said...

Hey Vicki,
I've been reading through your post.
Your pictures bring a peaceful feeling. I really love the close up of you in the blue sweater! XOXO
P.S~~~ write when and where you want as long as you KEEP writing!

Mama-Bug said...

The room looks so warm and cozy, just the place to curl up with a good book. Love the forsythia in the window.

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Vicki -- Such soft light photos on a gray day -- gray in KY too. -- barbara

Darla said...

The gleaming wood along with the tiny lights brings such a sense of warmth! I never new that one could bring a branch of forsythia inside to bloom early; ummmm ... do you just put them in water, and when do you cut off a branch????

Darla said...

OOPS! LOL Guess I ought to read through the comments before posting my own -- forsythia branches blooming already answered!

Brian Miller said...

rain here today too...turning to snow...what a cozy looking place...

Kaye Barley said...

I had no idea you could force forsythia! How lovely - thank you!!!

Tipper said...

Grey here too. The snow missed us this time-hope it's not too bad at your place : )

jennyfreckles said...

I would love to hunker down on a cold day in front of that fire with one of your many books. How homely and cosy it looks. And the forsythia as a herald of spring.

Kristen Haskell said...

I wrote a poem today when I saw this post, your post. It gave me hope. I am cold to the bone for about four months, during this time of year. In the spring the first thing that blooms here is the forsythia. It is my beacon. I smile for week at its first sign. Nothing can alter my mood when it is in bloom. All trespasses are overlooked and my body starts its thaw. I named the poem "Forcing Forsythia" and I am dedicating it to you.

estaminet said...

Thanks for the helpful tips, Vicki. I ended up cutting from a small Japanese magnolia bush (there's debate in my family as to what the bush actually is, but it's pretty when it blooms). Hopefully it'll work...I'll send pictures, with thanks, if it does. Enjoy today's sunshine!

Vicki Lane said...

What a nice poem, Kirsten! Thank you!

I agree with Brenda -- kinda avoid saying 'forcing' forsythia -- coaxing is much better.

Hope the magnolia works, estaminet. I've coaxed japonica (flowering quince) too.