Finally! It’s spring! At least that’s what the calendar tells us, but that really depends on the part of the country you are in. Where I am it’s still cool and damp – and flowering trees and shrubs are just showing their buds. So what can we do if we want color from natural blooms, but they just aren’t there yet?
First, we can always force certain blooms. This works best with spring flowering shrubs such as azaleas, rhodendendrons, and forsythias. And it’s quite simple! As the buds appear, snip off long stems, put into a pretty vase (a colored bottle works nicely because it’s tall), fill with water, and wait a few days. I know the waiting can be difficult…..but I promise, you’ll have these blooms much sooner than those on the shrub!
Of course, you can always purchase spring blooms (think tulips and daffodils) from the supermarket. Put a bunch in a short vase and you’ll definitely have a touch of spring – and spring color! Better yet, put individual stems in small vases (again, bottles are a nice alternative) and cluster on the dining room table for a nice centerpiece. And when dinner is done, you can place the individual vases around the house for a nice surprise touch of spring. Place one in the powder room, by the bathtub, by the side of your bed, next to the telephone in the kitchen – anywhere you can think that will make you smile when you see it.