I adore flowers of all kinds, but it’s the flowering branches that always make my heart sing. Quince branches kick off the spring season here at my Country House.

I buy a few bare branches at a local flower shop, and force them by simply placing them in a large container with water. It really is a leap of faith. Within a week or so, those tiny buds that were mostly undetectable when I purchased them, have now burst into gorgeous pink blooms, and stay in bloom for 2-3 weeks.

After they’re done blooming, I replace the faded flowers with similar faux blooms I find at Michael’s (my go-to craft store). I pluck the flowers off of the wired branches, fire up my trusty glue gun, and dot the spot where the bud was with the hot wax. That’s it!

Now I have real life-like spring branches for my front door basket…that will last (and have lasted) for years!

Love, Nora


  1. kim watkins on March 8, 2022 at 10:22 am

    Love this idea! A kiss of Springtime that we all need right now!

  2. Velia on March 8, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    What a created idea. I too love flowering trees and Quince are stunning when in full bloom.

  3. romanticgardener on March 8, 2022 at 3:19 pm

    I love all flowering branches, but Quince is probably my favorite. Their shell pink blossoms are just lovely. Spring is my most favorite time of the year. Thank you for this pretty post, Nora.

  4. Elaine Cichon on March 8, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    I have done the glue gun branches with faux magnolia blossoms. But you are inspiring me to try the live flowering branches!!!

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