First Forsythia

“First Forsythia”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

The first forsythia flowers have shown up. Yesterday, when I got home from work, it was still light enough to walk around the garden, and I was happy to see the first little gold bell on the bare forsythia branches. When the forsythia starts blooming, you know spring is on its way.



Forsythia will bloom best here when we have a very cold winter. With the unusually cold weather we had in December, this should be a good year for blooms. I certainly was glad to already see this first sign of spring being on its way. I can feel my spirits lifting day by day.


  1. Jim Groble said,

    January 28, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    It’s 16 outside and it snowed again this morning. Ours won’t bloom for a couple months. Nice post and pic. jim

    • Jan said,

      January 29, 2010 at 4:00 pm

      Oh, Jim, it is so hard for a Gulf Coast resident to even think about snow now. Every day we are getting mild weather. Of course, our last freeze date is 2/15, but we rarely ever have freezes that late. If we get down to 16 degrees, that breaks all records.

  2. Lana said,

    January 28, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    …and to think, the first signs of Spring in Canada were in mid- to late-May!

    • Jan said,

      January 29, 2010 at 4:02 pm

      Spring coming in May is unbelievable for me Lana. By May, we are already in the 80’s and summer plants are blooming.

  3. nancybond said,

    January 28, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    My first reaction when I saw your post title was ‘you’re kidding’. 🙂 Of course, you’re in a much warmer clime than I. Our forsythias, though early bloomers, won’t offer their cheery yellow blooms until mid May. But they are always a welcome harbinger of spring!

    • Jan said,

      January 29, 2010 at 4:03 pm

      Nancy, no matter when they bloom, forsythias are certainly welcomed. While we are not without flowers as long as you are, when those first spring ones start showing up, we rejoice.

  4. January 28, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Lovely! I was going to pick some today to force!! They will not bloom outside for months! ;>( Thanks for the reminder… such bright delicate blooms… they can cheer up a room. Enjoy yours!! ;>)

    • Jan said,

      January 29, 2010 at 4:04 pm

      I think because of the cold weather we had this winter, we really should have a nice show in just a short time. I am waiting for the quince to start blooming, too.

  5. Jake said,

    January 30, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I hope it is a beautiful year for that plant for you. I have always heard that Forsythia is the first sign that spring as started.


    • Jan said,

      February 1, 2010 at 9:09 pm

      Yes, Jake, when you see the forsythia, you know spring is near.

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