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United States
(Zone 5b)

March 26, 2008
2:05 PM

Post #4711333

Forsythia is one of those plants I hate, and yet love. I love it for all the reasons you described in your article... a harbinger of Spring! In fact, I just bought a small one so we can have some early spring color in the yard in a couple of years.

I hate it because its unruly, and common, LOL. I also hate Bradford Pears the same way... too common, and in the case of Bradford's, too prone to damage.


Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 27, 2008
3:26 AM

Post #4714716

I'm with darius--and the author-- you do look forward to the yellow, but it is not a pretty bush otherwise, and now that I'm the homeowner and chief gardener, getting more cranky about the negatives.
Good article, esp as you were honest and not just raving about it completely!
Dexter, ME

March 31, 2008
5:00 PM

Post #4735601

I love the honesty of the article, but hate Forsythia!!! In our prior abode we had a shrub that had taken over one side of the yard and while it was a great screen, it eventually took over the area completely. I tried cutting it back to 'train' it, no good; I tried weed killer to contain it, it grew like it never felt it (2 bottles of weedkiller for 15 foot area). Eventually it overtook my bulb garden, my Azelias and Rhodedendrons! Choked them all. Too small a reward for such a pain in the fanny!

May 5, 2009
11:30 PM

Post #6509540

I have no idea how I missed all the comments. It is that spring color that draws me. I need it after winter. If I lived in a place that was warm all year, I might not miss it at all. Thanks for reading and commenting.

sally g
Honesty is always the best policy...sometimes it must be tempered, of course. LOL. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Oh no...sorry it hear that it took over so much. Mine hasn't been that naughty, but maybe it is our horrible clay soil and unreasonable hot weather that bakes the clay soil into pottery every year. Thanks for reading and commenting.
Belleville , IL
(Zone 6b)

May 24, 2009
10:22 PM

Post #6592274

I like the green bush better than when it is flowering. I got the original from a generous person who shared her plants with me on a perennial gardening site years ago.

May 24, 2009
11:43 PM

Post #6592557


You are the first person that I've heard say that. Do you just not like yellow?

Thanks so much for writing and commenting!

Belleville , IL
(Zone 6b)

May 25, 2009
5:36 PM

Post #6595665

I think it has a lot to do with my personality. I don't like to draw attention to myself and that bright yellow sure does. LOL
I think it is pretty, don't get me wrong, but I like it when it loses it flowers as it blends in and doesn't over power.

May 25, 2009
8:10 PM

Post #6596312


You are so correct; the bright yellow after a long winter does draw attention.


Hope your Memorial Day is nice.


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