The forsythia branches that I brought back from the Michigan garden to begin forcing on Barbaratag are just beginning to bloom. For almost two weeks they did not seem to do anything in my relatively cool sun room and then suddenly all the buds began to swell and soon the first specks of yellow appeared.
The whole straggly, sprawling bouquet
Some of the first buds to open fully
In other good news, we had our heating system checked out and now all the radiators - including the one in the sun room - are working properly, which should make for more even temperatures throughout the apartment and benefit both its human and vegetal inhabitants. We are also in the process of getting many of the windows replace, which will make the place look much nicer but also hopefully help with insulation and bring the heating costs down a bit. However, the really big home improvement project we are currently dealing with is the building of a new kitchen, which my dad is undertaking pretty much by himself. Always the engineer and serious do-it-yourselfer, he has completely redone a number of kitchens - as well as bathrooms and pretty much any other feature of a house - before but of course there are new and unforeseen challenges in each new project. I really consider myself very lucky that he is always willing to tackle these things.