Bringing the Sun Inside

“Forsythia is pure joy. There is not an ounce, not a glimmer of sadness or even knowledge in forsythia. Pure, undiluted, untouched joy.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

For all we might think that the garden teaches us patience — and it does — those who garden can also be a pretty restless lot this time of year, when Spring teases us with sunny, mild days and warm breezes, only to snatch them away the next day with icy cold fingers.

There are ways to bring the sun indoors that will appease our impatience.  This yellow tulip, for example, has been a little spot of sunshine for nearly a week now.

The sunny blooms on this little plant also provide a bright spot of colour.  I honestly don’t know what the plant is as there was no tag provided, but it has chrysanthemum-like foliage, and might well be a miniature version.  Whatever their names, their bright dispositions are lovely.

Inspired by a post jodi had written about forsythias that she had forced into bloom, I decided to give it a try myself as the forsythia just off our deck definitely needed a trim.  After 2-3 days, there was still no hint of colour……..until this morning, when I noticed this.

Forsythias bloom before they leaf out, so I’m hoping that this colour indicates flower buds.  If so, and if they all open for me, there should be another cheery, sun-yellow spot in the living room.  I’ll take another photo if/when they open.

So, have you brought some sun inside your home this winter?  Remember that all suns aren’t necessarily yellow. :)


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

11 thoughts on “Bringing the Sun Inside”

  1. Good morning, Nancy,
    I once saw some branches in a store window…they had made an Easter egg tree and used the branches of a Forsythia. In a week or two they started blooming. The branches were not in water, however.
    Thanks again for the mention on your sidebar.
    Hope today is better for you.

  2. I’ve never forced Forsythia before Nancy ~ don’t have one readily available to try it but I sure hope yours works. I think it’s the perfect sign of spring. I have bought cherry branches to force before (our local florist carries them) but that’s a rare treat. Your photos are all wonderful signs of spring. Now if our darn snow would melt, I would start thinking it was here!!

  3. I’ve spotted dapples of sunshine outdoors in the form of delicate little narcissus and some pretty little wildflowers. (hubby calls them weeds…) I shall share soon! Love your yellow sunshines and am looking forward to the forsythia.

  4. What a lovely post! Forsythia herald spring around here, and maybe are too common to be appreciated (they’re in full flower outside now). But forced inside — what a nice harbinger of spring!

    It’s coming!


  5. We try to have fresh flowers in the house…Mr Coal won’t eat them unless there is a grass like plant in the bouquet. I’m glad you have forsythia to bring on the sun! gail

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