After Valentines day, each year, I walk around the yard and take cuttings of plants that are getting ready to bloom or send out new green growth. This includes forsythia, willow, ivy, and carolina jessamine. There are many other plants that fit that discription, but I don't currently have them in my yard (but I will one day).
This year, I cut ivy and forsythia and put them in a small vase. They've been sitting up in my studio for a few weeks now, making me smile every time I look at them. The forthsythia's yellow blooms are so very cheery.
(I photographed them in the dining room because the lighting is better)
What's even better than enjoying the color, is knowing that I'm actually making more plants to put in my yard. You see, the forsythia and ivy are starting to form roots in the water and when the outdoor soil warms up I can plant them in the ground.
Last year, I planted my rooted forsythia branches and this is what they look like this year. . .
In a few years, the individual bushes will look like this. . .
These were actually the bushes I took the original cuttings from. I love free plants!
I'll be planting the ivy in my pots on the deck to add interest to them. Free!
For any of you who live locally and would like some forsythia or ivy, email me and I'll start some for you.