In a Vase on Monday: Forcing Spring

Although there are only hours to go until the Spring equinox, the few spring flowers that have managed to appear are now under a thick layer of snow again and the daytime temperature is back to below zero.

But I still have a vase to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme! And Cathy is celebrating her sixth blogging anniversary too, so do go and visit her!ย ๐Ÿ˜ƒ


Last week I cut some Forsythia and Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum) to force – within a couple of days both had opened their flowers. The Ribes, is a deep pinky red when it flowers naturally and is covered with all sorts of bees, but when forced it is a pale creamy white and looks even more delicate than normal. I wonder what the bees would think!


ย I hope all of you in the wintry northern hemisphere are keeping safe and warm, and those of you in the warmer south are getting the weather you want!



63 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Forcing Spring

  1. I hate it for you that you are still having snow and such cold weather. We are having cold nights but it has warmed up nice during the day. Each day of sunshine is most appreciated. Hang on…it wonvt be as long as it has been.

    • I took a look at last year’s spring vases to cheer me up yesterday! We are only a couple of weeks behind schedule so I am sure we will catch up in April!

  2. Love the warming yellow of the forsythia in your vase, Cathy. We are still having frosty nights, a little snow and heavy winds in Norfolk ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ and are looking forward to spring.

  3. This looks such a sunny vase, Cathy, so I hope it does make you feela bit warmer seeing it. Shouldn’t be too long now before the real thing…

  4. That’s a very pretty pale pink and unexpected. I expect the bees would be glad of it if they dared venture out. I saw some last week, now we are back to snow.

  5. Yellow always means spring to me. So despite your snow it is spring indoors. It has been very cold again today with rain. But like last evening the light is glorious just before the sun sinks.

    • Yellow is such a cheerful sunny colour, and I am glad my sister reminded me to cut some Forsythia. Outside, it might open by Easter… in some years it has long gone over by then!

      • It is so interesting which plants flower by the number of light hours and which are triggered by temperature. One of the things that ensures the garden looks different every year; but can also frustrate our plans for planting combinations.

  6. I’ve never forced tree blooms and so it’s particularly interesting to find that the Ribes flowers in a different color when forced. It’s pretty nonetheless. I hope your find relief from your ugly winter weather soon!

  7. Cathy, I feel you’re again in snow and very cold. The vase is lovely and really full of life. The Forsythia with its yellow cheers a lot and remembers the sun of spring. I did not know that branches of trees could be forced. The Ribes although its flower is pink if it is not forced, in white it is so delicate and precious the flower. It is a wonderful arrangement and full of life. This week is going to snow in all of Spain and today in Madrid it is very cold. We hope that the good weather arrives and stays. Meanwhile, keep warm. Take care. Greetings from Margarita. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Oh, beautiful! Spring is coming, slowly, slowly. Lots of snow still here in Maine, but I did see some pussy willows.

  9. I’m so sorry you are getting hit with more snow. I used to live where it snowed heavily all winter long, and I don’t miss it, I despise snow. I’ve never cut branches to force, but I really should try it. I have both Forsythia and Ribes. Happy Spring!

    • It isn’t always such a long winter – maybe that makes it worse, knowing that February can be such a pleasant month some years and that seeds can be sown at the end of March. This year seed sowing may be tricky…, let’s hope we have a tropical April! LOL!

  10. How interesting that the Ribes is a different color entirely when forced You were so clever to “force” spring to arrive just a few days early. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Spring, Cathy. I’m sure you are very glad it is making an appearance!

  11. Spring definitely needs forcing this year Cathy as it’s been so reluctant to show itself. Your vase glows with warmth. Here we have escaped lightly as far as snow is concerned but the cold winds have been getting me down. I hope that your snow and sub-zero temperatures are soon well and truly behind you.

  12. It’s lovely to see your Forsythia – always such an exuberant color! I had to guess at the Ribes, as I’ve never seen it in person. It’s certainly beautiful this way! I hope winter kindly departs your garden soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • And if you bring them indoors to force, they haven’t had time to develop their unsavoury smell! ๐Ÿ™‚ I made the mistake of bringing some indoors once when they were already flowering… never again!

  13. Surely the bees would love them! They are such a cheerful shade of yellow. It’s colder than normal here, too, for the start of spring but nothing compared to your winter. Sigh. I hope the spring weather arrives soon, Cathy.

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