Forcing branches into full-on flowers is a simple garden fix for the last days of winter.
Photo: Erica George Dines
Learn what shrubs or trees flower in early spring in your area. (Check with a local nursery if you’re not sure.) Wait until close to the date plants naturally flower for faster and more uniform blooming. Clip 12-inch or longer lengths of budded branches, and gather up a bucket, household bleach, garden twine, and cut-flower food.