The Garden Spotter

Coaxing Your Flowering Shrubs Into Bloom



It’s one of those years where the calendar may say it’s spring, but the flowers and shrubs in my yard are acting like they missed the memo. The crocuses flashed a little purple and saffron. The tulips pushed their petals through the earth. And then the temperatures dropped again, and the snow fell. And suddenly, all the flowers got a little shy.

Eager to see a little more than tiny green buds, I decided to take matters into my own hands and force the quince that borders our front porch into an early spring. And within a matter of a week or so, I had beautiful pink blossoms in my living room. (more…)


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