|by Christine Froehlich
Most of us long for a respite from winter about now. If you’re looking for an inexpensive flower fix, consider forcing branches. It’s not difficult and you can usually find something right in your own yard. Forsythia, apple, cherry and quince are a few that are easily available, but just about any type of flowering tree or shrub can be forced if it would naturally bloom in spring. If you happen to be out pruning, so much the better, just save some of your cuttings and bring them inside.
If you’d like to give it a try, follow this method: