Spring. The transition period between winter and summer. It inspires images of green, blooming flowers and earth's re-birth.
But, in my life (except for the decade I lived in Washington, DC where Spring really is to die for), Spring is that season that never really comes on time...and rarely ever clearly defines itself.
We see signs. A warm day that inspires us to shed those many winter layers. A crocus poking through the earth. But, those warm days are more often than not followed by a chilly March wind. And, those crocuses, often get suffocated by a Spring snow.
Still, Spring gets under our skin. We look for change. We anticipate growth. And, well, when necessary, we help coax it along. Some call it "forcing". I like to think of it as an invitation.
This year, I'm inviting Spring into my home by forcing blossoms from a nearby cherry tree.
How-To Invite Spring into Your Home
- Cut blossoms from a tree or bush (apple, cherry, forsythia to name a few) when buds are just beginning to swell.
- Split bottoms of stems -- or, in my case, use a carrot peeler to take a little of the bark off.
- Place in a vase or container of your choice.
- Fill with water.
- Place in a warm place (but not direct sun).
- Change water every few days.