Sunday, February 17, 2008

Once again, I show that I don’t know what I’m talking about


So after commenting on Kathy’s blog that snowdrops would not be out for a few weeks yet, I went outside to cut some cherry branches for forcing, and what did I find sticking out from one of the snow-covered beds—actually the snow is melting again—but, of course, a snowdrop. It’s still in bud but far-enough developed that many would not hesitate to call it a blooming flower. So much for that.


I have worked with the cherry branches before and had success, but often I just forget to do it. Plus, it’s not like bulb-forcing. Anything I cut off now will not be there to bloom in May, and they are much prettier en masse on the tree than inside. Nonetheless. I will soak them in water overnight and then put them in a vase with a small amount of water, after re-cutting them. That should work.

It is warmer, but what a dreary day to be sure.

5 comments:

Carol said...

I would sure count that bud as a bloom! It's nice to see it come up out of the snow.

Apple said...

My snow is weeks from melting but the warmth and rain today did melt an inch or two. This time of year I miss Akron terribly, the winters were so much easier and Buffalo offered much more than Syracuse. I don't have a cherry tree here yet but I may try forcing some forsythia when I can get to it.

Kathy said...

I hope to post some pictures of my non-blooming snowdrops tomorrow. Most of our snow is gone because of the rain, but the ground is still hard as a rock. And do I think this is the last of the snow? No, I do not.

germi said...

Isn't it funny how plants will make a liar out of you? It seems like whenever I tell a client exactly how a plant is supposed to perform, it does the opposite, just to make me look silly.
Oh, well...
What a beautiful luxury - forcing cherry blossoms! I imagine they will look so beautiful; a lovely harbinger of spring.

kate said...

That's a fun part about gardening, and life ... there is always surprises.