It’s taken a couple of years for me to really appreciate forsythia in all seasons.
Yes, forsythia is at it’s best in spring. Every morning through March I sit with my coffee & ponder the coming growing season. Peering out the kitchen window, my anticipation builds as the buds on the forsythia show more & more promise.
I’m energized by the happy yellow blossoms in March & April.
Because each year I feel desperate to see any spring color, forsythia will never be challenged over its prominent real estate between our driveway & the kitchen entrance.
For all that hoopla, It’s easy to forget about forsythia for the rest of the year, but that would be ignoring the assets.
In April & May the yellow blooms give way to yellow-green leaves. The shrub, like the rest of the garden, begins to fill out, supplying much appreciated privacy.
By June forsythia is a steadfast background green and working hard to compliment the new flowers in the garden parade throughout the entire length of the summer, and into the fall.
When the cool winds of October arrive, forsythia again steps up for a greater share of the garden interest. The yellow, apricot, and red leafs add lovely color to the fall palette.
For Halloween they’re even more vibrant. No wonder forsythia has become one of our garden mainstays!
By December forsythia is naked again. It’s not my favorite look for a shrub, but I understand that without the barrenness of winter, spring probably wouldn’t be as exciting.
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