"It was a happy thought to bringSpring comes late to the beach. Think late June, just before summer barrels in for the Fourth of July---something about the ocean temperatures and gale-force winds. But by late February there are a few hopeful signs of winter's demise---the sky is still light at 6 PM and the dying sunset's shades of palest aqua and soft sweet peach could never be mistaken for the fiery skies of autumn. Instead they are perhaps the first hint of spring at the beach.
to this dark season's frost and rime
this painted memory of spring
this dream of summertime..."
John Greenleaf Whittier
So during the long months of winter it is quite the challenge to convince Spring to arrive early, or perhaps just on time, in late March.
This year I waited so long I had to augment with tiny irises!
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Here is a good link for more traditional method of forcing spring bulbs:
Don't forget to snip off some forsythia and pussywillow. They'll boom in just a week or two.
Here are a couple of links from Martha with how-to's for branches. The first link has a cool video! http://www.marthastewart.com/article/how-to-force-branches