Forced branches say spring is near

Beckie Fox

Cut branches of forsythia or crabapple in a tall vase says spring is near. It’s not difficult to take a few branches from spring-flowering trees or shrubs, bring them indoors and wait for the buds to unfold.

Birds and other critters feast on crabapples. (Photo by Brendan Zwelling)

Crabapples and critters

Judith Adam

With the pretty red fruits hanging in clusters, it doesn't take long for garden critters to feast upon crabapples from my weeping ‘Red Jade’ crabapple tree