Winter is here in full force, even in North Carolina. Many parts of the country are covered in snow. My friend Liisa in Sweden said the temperature was going down to -40 celsius, which is also -40 fahrenheit. That's COLD!!!
Spring is a long way off for most of us, but I have a way to force spring to come to my house a little early this year.
On Saturday I cut off a few forsythia branches and brought them inside. I smashed the ends of the stems so that they will absorb more water, and put them in a vase. This process is called "forcing".
Already there is a little bit of green beginning to show in the buds.
It didn't cost me a cent and I'll get lots of enjoyment from it.
My mother,whose name was Barbara used to bring a few branches of forsythia in and force it just like I did. She always mentioned it had something to do with Saint Barbara's Day. The legend was that you cut some branches on Dec 4 and if they bloomed on Christmas Day you would have good luck the next year. You can read about the legend here if you're interested.
So today as I look out on a cold day, I have a promise of spring in my home.
Is there anything you do to try to bring spring into your home?