Three forsythia shrubs in our yard are work-horses for me this time of year as far as providing height to bouquets and a bright yellow texture for winter/spring arrangements. Closer to Easter, forsythia can be used to form basket “handles” for basket arrangements.
Forsythia takes me back to college days, specifically my freshman year at Willamette University in Salem. I was a fish-out-of-water there, struggling, ill-prepared for the rigor of a private university. Usually 10 chapters (at least) behind in my reading, papers due, test tomorrow…Yes, your basic freshman nightmare!
Continuing my quest to avoid study, I walked downtown Salem to the local florist and bought a huge bunch (branches were at least 4-5 feet tall) of budded forsythia. I lugged these back to my dorm room and placed in a bucket of water. It did wonders for my mental health to bring nature in! The bright yellow branches bloomed for several weeks in my institutional green cement-walled dorm room.
I don’t even remember the eventual test grade, the reading subject or what my paper was about. I only remember the forsythia and how it helped me in the winter of 1974, and yes, it is still a favorite of mine!