7 Apr

forsythia 002The bright yellow flowers of this shrub are a welcome sight, blooming as they do before most trees and bushes even have leaf buds.  Mine are a little sparse, which I attribute to the lack of sun in this area.  One might not think that would be a problem, since the plants bloom before trees have leafed out enough to create any shade, but forshythia (and many early blooming bushes) flower on the previous year’s stem growth.  Unless the stems have enough sun one year, flowers the next are likely to be scarce.  To test this theory, I plan to cut them back after the flowers have faded — usually the best time to prune early blooming bushes anyway — and move one of them to a more sunny location, maybe along the western fence, which gets plenty of afternoon sunlight.


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