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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

April weather and forcing red dogwood twigs







We awoke to a dusting of snow on the ground again this morning and the temperature a raw and cold -8 C (20F).

Welcome to April ~ the most fickle month of the year
here in the Maritimes.

We had lovely sunny and mild days on the weekend, then Monday was wet snow/rain and cold, Tuesday sun/cloud mix and zero (32).

And tomorrow and Friday will be above freezing again.

Up and down and back up again.

That's April.


These dogwood twigs were cut late last fall for Christmas
decorating.  I left these in the garage over the winter and brought
them inside two weeks ago to force. I put them in the old cream
bottle with some warm water and sat it on the windowsill in the dining room where it gets the afternoon sun as well as heat from the baseboard heater.  They sprouted green leaves a few days later. 



It's so nice to see some actual green leaves indoors!




I'm on the lookout for pussy willows growing in the ditch now.

Did you try to force any branches for some spring colour?
How did it go?







Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment!
I hope you are enjoying Springier weather where you live.


Blessings,

Pamela

21 comments:

  1. i wish. we woke up to 25 degrees this AM. it's nuts!! i wonder what is next? do you think spring took an extra long vacation this year? ( :

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  2. Isn't it nice to see some of Nature's green inside? I'm forcing lilac and pussy willows. I forgot about the dogwood I cut, so perhaps I'll try that in a couple of days. We have had a couple of really windy and cold days but by Thursday it is supposed to start to get a bit warmer. Can't wait to feel some warmth.

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  3. So sorry you got more snow. The branches are pretty. Love Dogwood!

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  4. Never thought about trying the Red Twig Dogwood . . . I will though today, and mix them with some Forsythia and some Pussy Willows. (Thank you for a posting idea!)

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  5. April really is up and down, though you've got it worse than we've had it. Still this little return to winter temps after the spring-like ones over the weekend is a titch discouraging. I have forced forsythia, but won't this year. It can be such a mess and I am all about not making messes these days. ; >

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  6. Morning Pamela, Where oh where is Spring??? so cold here again today, very cold wind......Love the branches your forcing, one year I forced Pussy Willow branches, love them......I am on the look-out for them too......Blessings Francine.

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  7. Spring is trying to make an entrance, but it is really slow. I brought in some forsythia branches so I'd have blooms for Easter.
    Farmhouse hugs,
    Cindy

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  8. Here on the other side of the country we've had such a mild winter. I haven't forced anything this year, although I have other years. Red dogwood is so pretty - love your tall branches. I hope it warms up for you soon.

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  9. Sometimes you have to get green any way you can! We might actually be done with snow finally. It's still cold, but looking better.

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  10. Those are so pretty Pamela! It's been a long winter here too, so any sign of spring (even if it is forced) is wonderful!

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  11. I hope it won't be long until warmer weather comes and stays. In the meantime you've found a wonderful way to usher in Spring. I had no idea that branches cut last fall could be forced now. Our trees are coming into bloom, but much slower than previous years.
    I love your photos with the little chalkboard.

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  12. Nice forcings, Pamela, the green is most welcome I'm sure, with more snow on the ground! I've only done forcing with forsythia.

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  13. Hi Pamela
    I've not forced any branches other than to bring pussy willows in, and they don't even need water. Bringing branches indoors certainly fills the gap until one can get outside and get dirty.
    Judith

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  14. I often take cuttings when pruning my fruit trees and shrubs, and allow them to leaf out inside. Love the results. Right now I have a Japanese maple branch on my kitchen counter. : )

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  15. Hi Pamela, I think we are having the same weather as you! Gosh, it was so cold out today. The wind seems so bitter!

    I love to see you forcing the dogwood twigs. I usually do the forsythia and sometimes (if I remember) the pussywillows. It is so delightful to have these fresh branches in the house this time of year.

    Have a wonderful night.
    Susannah

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  16. Looks great, Pam.. I have not tried doing this although I keep meaning to.. smile..
    Cold and windy here today.. xo

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  17. I keep saying I'm going to try this but somehow never get to it...
    Getting warmer here, so excited about the garden turning green!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  18. I wish I had thought of forcing some spring green...even a little bit would have cheered me up. Love how you photographed these.

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  19. Your weather sounds like ours here in the Colorado foothills, Pamela. One day can be close to 70 and then a few days later 30's and snowing. I heard sometimes it cna snow here till May. Most of the time it is sunny, however, so even if it is cool it feels warm.

    I hope you and your family ahd a very joyful Easter!

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  20. Great job forcing the sprigs to grow. No, I can't say I have ever tried this, I did a bulb or two. I like the look of your Spring picture with the egg. I'm finding most days to be cold, I'll adjust in time for summer.

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