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DIY Floral Designs: The Cut Branch Centerpiece

Today we are going to tackle a very basic, cut-brach centerpiece.  Now is the time of year to start thinking about forcing flowering trees into bloom to bring a little spring to your winter doldrums.  Forcing blooms is quite simple.  Cut the branches, place them in some room temperature water and wait.  You will be rewarded.  The hardest part of this little task is making sure you have the right tree or bush!  Anything that breaks into flower in early spring is worth the gamble.  Typical plants forced in my late winter garden include forsythia, star magnolia, redbuds, cherry and apple branches.  The plant pictured below?  It is a special one...

 This plant is fairly nondescript during the summer and fall, save for it's easy-to-blend reddish-maroon leaves.  In spring however, this tree/bush breaks forth into the most spectacular, understated white blooms.  That is not the real show though.  The real show only happens when you start walking around your front yard, sniffing furiousl…

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