<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2018\/03\/Forsythia.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="553" class="alignleft size-full wp-image-19736" \/>\r\n\r\nLaura Dean Bennett\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nIn my yard, up in the Hill Country, the first flowers that bloom every spring are the cheerful golden buds of the forsythia bushes.\u00a0\r\n\r\nBut they\u2019re not ready to bloom just yet.\r\n\r\nAs I am impatient to have a fresh flower arrangement in the house again after a long winter of evergreen cuttings, I do what my mother taught me.\u00a0\r\n\r\nShe called it \u201cforcing\u201d the forsythia. It\u2019s easy, and I\u2019m sure most of you have done it. But, in case you haven\u2019t \u2013 here\u2019s how.\u00a0\r\n\r\nWhen the swollen buds look almost ready to pop, do a little judicious trimming of forsythia stems at the length you choose for your vases. If you find yourself without clippers, the stems are brittle and will usually snap in your hands.\u00a0\r\n\r\nArrange the stems in water and in a few days, you will see them begin to open.\u00a0\r\n\r\nThe process will often cause the dried husks of the blossoms to gradually and continually drop around the base of the vase, so you may want to place an easily-shaken cloth under the arrangement to catch the litter.\u00a0\r\n\r\nChange the water often, be careful not to jostle the blossoms and keep the vase away from direct sun and heat. \r\n\r\nI sometimes store mine in the garage at night. \r\n\r\nYour forsythia arrangement may last for weeks.