Oh, those beautiful days in late February and March when the sun shines hard on the earth, warming the soil and the air and our skin!
The trees begin to awaken. Sap rises, and buds swell until they split open to release flowers and pollen that signal the beginning of the spring growing season. These buds look swollen against a clear blue sky, swaying in warmer breezes.
Daffodils begin to bloom in earnest; and then Forsythia bedecks herself in golden flowers.
Spring has sprung!!!
If your Forsythia is in need of reshaping: enjoy the spring flowers (cutting some to bring inside is fine) and then go to town with the clippers once the blossoms have faded. I like to allow Forsythia to retain its natural flowing shape by taking out about a third of the largest branches all the way down at the ground. This leaves the newer and more vigorous blooming branches to drape over in a willowy kind of way.
Plants are hard to keep in unnatural shapes – just in case you’re looking for less maintenance (and I know you are). Let them do their thing in their own ways. If you have a plant that just won’t look good on its own perhaps it’s time for something new.
Native Plants give food, shelter, and nesting sites to native insects, birds and other animals on an exponential scale in comparison to non-native plants. They are generally lower maintenance and need less water and pest- and disease- control measures also. I am a lazy gardener – a cleanup in fall and/or spring, a little extra water in August, and enjoying my garden the rest of the time is what I’m after.
If that is what you are looking for in your garden send me an email and I will help you with a garden design that will become your own garden oasis.
Enjoy the Spring show!