I saw tulips peeking out the other day. Spring is officially here today, even though New England still has snow on the ground from our latest storm. Every year at this time, I clip a few twigs from the red leaf plum tree out front, followed by forsythia, and place them in water to force the blooms. It is my own farewell to winter. Here is a little forced red leaf plum photo shoot. The photos are taken with my iphone and a Sigma Merrill DP-3. I also took photos with a Diana/120 film, but unfortunately they aren’t developed yet. I’ll add them to to this post at a later time.
Forsythia doesn’t meekly flower in spring. It turns from a camouflaged brown bunch of twigs to a shouting ball of yellow. “Look at me!” it commands. Against a neutral world of hibernating life, it truly stands out and proudly announces that Spring has finally arrived. I decided to cheat a little because I’m simply getting impatient. I cut some Forsythia twigs that had been damaged by the heavy snow and put them in water on my kitchen windowsill. A week and a half later, I have the happiest yellow bouquet. I also have a red leaf plum tree in front of my porch that has the loveliest red leaves in summer. I clipped a few limbs from this tree, which is nothing but grey and empty right now, and also put them in water. Just this morning I discovered little pink blooms that normally wouldn’t be popping out until late April/early May. Patience is a virtue, but why wait? I get to see these blooms twice this year.