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Quoting:Perhaps it is storing up the sunshine during the Summer so it can spoil you with joyous splashes of sunshine energy in the early Spring.
I love that and I think your right. I will look at the not flowering bushes in the summer and fall that way from now on.
I have been blessed to with Forsythia growing on the homestead. I have bushes that I started from my grandmothers home . They have memories as well as beauty.
I did not know about the blooming on last years growth. I just let em grow and not mess with upkeep. Good thing to know. I do cut branches off in February , soak them in warm water in the bath tub to hydrate and then into a big warm vase of water. In just a couple of weeks maybe three I have beautiful Spring setting on my dinning room table : ).
We will have forsythia, unruly, beautiful, YELLOW forsythia everywhere you look in back of the house in a week or two. (Yellow is NOT one of my favorite colors.) It came with the house, and in the non-blooming months is a great privacy screen. Nobody except me knows that it's forsythia then, of course. But I predict, in a few weeks, I'll hear, "Mom, how come everyone except us has that yellow stuff in their front yard? I want some in our front yard!" But if I try to explain about transplanting a bit of what has spread in the back around to the front and then NOT mowing it down for a year or two, never mind.
Lovely article! Forsythia was the firt shrub given to me when I moved into my house for my barren yard. I love it. I too made the mistake of "curbing" its branches in the fall when the lovely yellow flowers were just a memory. I know better now!
It is blooming as I type this and lets me know Spring has sprung!
I would love to plant MORE of them on my rural acres - but the deer also love them, and the ones that are some distance from the house do not seem to fare so well. Maybe I can try again - I have some "volunteers" that I have placed in temp. bucket housing.