Welcome spring with the classic sunny blooms of forsythia, but in an updated, dwarf package. Show Off Starlet’s branches are smothered in bright yellow blossoms. Like all forsythia, this dwarf version is deer resistant, growing 2-3 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 5-8.
This traditional table holds various decorations to add color and art to the neutral walls and brown leather sofa. A blue bird figurine, blue goblet and blue coffee table books are complemented by forsythia branches and gold leaf picture frames.
Another level of visual interest and contrast is added to this midcentury modern kitchen, courtesy of its light brown flooring. The patterned tiles stand out compellingly against the two-toned gray and white cabinets.
Hints of rustic style are seamlessly incorporated into a more modern space in this dining room. The wood dining table would look right at home on the farm, but it meshes surprisingly beautifully with the nailhead trim blue velvet chairs, mirrored end table and globe-shaped chandelier.
Concrete flooring pairs with lucite and metal chairs to give eclectic edge to this dining room. Huge windows along one wall fill the space with sunlight and large houseplants and bouquets bring in a hint of nature.
Patterned tile works in place of a rug to define the kitchen. Forsythia branches create a striking, modern arrangement in a cylinder vase. Simple Edison bulb pendant lights serve as minimalist lighting.
Trees, shrubs and outdoor pillows bring color to this neutral modern patio. A forsythia tree boasts bright yellow flowers; a shrub with purple leaves bursts with jewel tones; and orange pillows add more warm color.
Plant kale seeds from early spring to early summer and again in fall. Soil should be at least 40 degrees F when you sow kale. For early spring planting, that soil temperature corresponds to roughly the time that dandelion and forsythia flower.
Killing actual dandelion plants is one tactic in the war on this weed. Another is creating an environment where dandelion seeds can’t successfully germinate. To do this, use a pre-emergent herbicide like corn gluten meal or Preen. This type of weedkiller interferes with seed germination, which means seeds can’t produce a plant. Use corn gluten meal in fall and early spring (about the time forsythia flowers). Another technique to make your yard unfriendly to dandelion seeds is to mulch planting beds, and don’t cut your lawn shorter than 2 to 3 inches. Taller grass grows thicker, shading soil so dandelion seeds can’t sprout.
Spring peas are one of nature’s delicacies—a true tonic after winter. St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional pea planting day in warmer regions, but you really want to wait until soil temperatures are in the 45-degree range. A clue for the right pea planting time in your region is dandelions, daffodils and forsythia. When these spring favorites start to flower, it’s time to plant peas. Plant too early, and pea seeds will likely rot in cold soil before they germinate. Plant too late, and vines will only have a short bearing window. For garden planting, soil should be moist but crumbly (think chocolate cake). If it’s too wet, seeds may rot before sprouting.
The four-lined plant bug attacks perennials, creating 1/16-inch square dead patches in leaves as they feed. These bugs create more of a cosmetic problem that plants often outgrow, but when numbers are high, the damage can lead to browned, misshapen and dying leaves, which you might mistake for disease. Four-lined plant bugs emerge about the time that forsythia leaves unfold. They’re shy and crafty hiders, so you’ll likely see the damage long before you spot one of them. The best way to control these bugs is twofold. First, in midsummer, when the insects disappear, cut back plants that have been attacked, snipping below the damage. This should remove any eggs that have been laid inside stems. Pruning like this delays flowering on perennials, but the plants will branch and become bushy, which means more flowers. Second, in fall, clean up all stems and leaf litter in the bed. Take care to remove all stems of plants the insect attacked during the growing season. Eggs that will hatch the following spring are typically laid inside those stems, so don’t add them to your compost pile.