Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Burning Bright

On rainy gray days, forsythia seems to shine the strongest, lighting up all the dark corners.

Folks around here call it Yellow Bells and you can see it in almost every yard.

You can cut the budding branches and bring them inside where they will pop into bloom and light up the house.

Forsythia roots easily -- in water or in soil. Over the years I've started many pots of forsythia and scattered the resulting bushes all over the farm.

Forsythia is enterprising and roots itself, flinging out branched that lie on the soil and take root, stealthily advancing year by year. We have a forsythia wilderness at the foot of our front yard.

 And, unlike my azaleas and rhododendrons, the deer don't seem interested in it. 

Hurrah for forsythia!


Anvilcloud said...

It is said that colours seem more saturated on rainy days.

Barbara Rogers said...

A great cheerful greeting that spring is just around the corner. However it's snowing right now (off and on) on my side of the mountains.

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Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

My husband and I lived in Athens, Georgia for 9 years in connection with his job, and I used to love how forsythia seemed to spend spring. I just loved that bush or shrub, or whatever it is. We don't see it much in our part of California. I think Sacramento is too hot and dry for it to thrive well as a city garden plant. Likewise the beautiful broom we see when we go to Spain. Broom reminds me a little bit of what I liked so much about forsythia. I would happily grow either one here if I could.

jennyfreckles said...

My neighbour has one, right outside my front door - very cheering.

Unknown said...

However it's snowing right now (off and on) on my side of the mountains.

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