The following is an e-mail (printed with her permission) from a good friend (& Sarah K.'s mother-in-law), Pam. I am always telling Greg that I have a riduculous "homemaker crush" on this woman. She is a walking library of tips and tricks to help things run a little smoother around the home, but above all she is a humble servant of the Lord and always so full of encouragement. Thank you for sharing this Pam!
I know you already know this, but thought I would pass along . . . sometimes I forget some of these quick little gifts from the Lord!!!
About 10 days ago (more or less, I have forgotten) I trimmed about 10 or so branches off our forsythia bush. It always needs pruning! I stuck them in my vase with plenty of water - I haven't even changed it as usual.
Now, I have this beautiful yellow bouquet of forsythia - just absolutely divine.
Anyway, the geraniums didn't even re-bloom much. I had very few blooms, so that made this even more wonderful!
You can do it with fruit trees, apple, cherry, peach have all worked for me.
The one really cool thing is that the branches even without anything on them are striking - and when they do bloom, the blooms last such a long time.
Sorry, for I am not sure how long it took, but I think I had some small yellow blooms in about a week.
Hope this helps with the cloudy weather.
Spring IS coming!!! luv ya all, pam
P.S. It really is fun for youngsters watching them come to life! Dead-looking limbs in the vase one day - and before you know it - blooms!