Forsythia x intermedia ‘Lynwood Variety’ has to be one of my favourite spring flowers. I mean just look at it, nothing else required in this vase at all, it speaks for itself. Forsythia makes an excellent cut flower but it does have a short vase life unfortunately.
As a shrub it’s also spectacular, flowering from February to April it creates a beautiful warm glow in the garden, almost like a promise of a warm spring and summer.
However I have some issues with how some people maintain their Forsythia. You really shouldn’t prune it before it has flowered otherwise you will not get a good spray of flowers. It should have stems of varied height protruding out like a blaze of sparkles. If you prune it in Autumn and Winter you will not get flowers, as it flowers on last years growth, the last cut should be made in July/August. Pruning after this time will only give you foliage and won’t attract those early pollinators like bees into the garden who are on the lookout flowers for their first foods so make sure you have some good nectar rich foods in your garden to support the hungry wildlife.
The deciduous shrub can grow up to 10 feet tall and belongs to the olive family Oleacea. It prefers sun or partial shade and will grow in most soils. It can also be propagated by semi-hardwood cuttings.
If you have some Forsythia growing in your garden, take a couple of snips, pop it in a beautiful vase and share on social media tagging me! @bohoraspberry, I would love to see your creations too.
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