Friday, March 28, 2008

Branches

With the Atlanta Dogwood Festival coming next weekend and the National Cherry Blossom Festival starting this weekend, I thought it would be a good time to post some information about branches.  Seeing the flowers bloom on the trees is one of my favorite signs of spring!

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Sunset Magazine recently posted an article about displaying blooming branches.  If you are taking the branches from a tree on your yard, clip them when the first buds open and make about an inch slit at the end of the stem.  Then, put the branches in a vase with some warm water with flower food.  The general rule is to use branches that are about twice the height of your container.  When you change the water, recut and reslit the ends.  Click here for more details and for some specific ideas for using magnolias, blooming fruit trees, flowering quince, and dogwoods!

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[image from Sunset Magazine]

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