Forsythia

Spring in the NorthWest is such a funny thing. It is both slow and sudden. Winter has casually hung on here, while much of the rest of the country has seen it claim February with a vengeance! We’re all mostly content with a mild, damp, coldish month, with the exception of poor BC where they’ve been desperate for snow and colder temps. As a winter sport comrade and devote, I feel their pain. And I feel the conflicted pain of crossing my fingers for cold weather to hold and more rain/snow to fall so that my upcoming snowboarding trip will be all I’m hoping for, but at the same time my flower loving nature is so excited by the hydrangea buds, cherry blossoms and daffodils that have burst open after the last two days of glorious sunshine and 60 degree weather.

The tenacity of early Spring flowers never cease to amaze me. Especially the more delicate looking flowers on the branches of cherry trees and forsythia. Daffodils look like they intentionally open when it’s still cold and look like they’re ready take on whatever the skies dump on them. But forsythia? so tiny and delicate, holding on closely to each branch for dear life.

So, if you’re lucky enough to have  a bush in your yard, or an unobservant neighbor – go cut yourself a few branches and stuff them in a jar on your table while they last! They’ll keep your house sunny when this gorgeous weather leaves us (you know it won’t last). If not, run by your local New Seasons or floral shop to see if they’ve got any left (or you can beg me for some – I’m always happy to share the love).

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