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!