Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Another Sign That Spring is on the Way

Forsythia is profusely blooming in Itawamba County at the present and is one of the first flowering plants to transform the drab Mississippi late-winter landscape into a showy palate of vibrant yellow. This showy shrub is one of the first colorful signs of the coming of Easter and Spring. Last year I noticed the shrub blooming in March, but this year it's blooming several weeks earlier.

Forsythia - called Golden Rods by some, has been a popular garden shrub in Itawamba County for generations simply because of its tolerance and ease of propagation. Gardeners can cut a branch and simply push the branch into the soil. After a good dose of water, a new shrub will usually start on its own with no special worry or care.

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