At first I planned to write about strawberries in the garden, but I may save that for a future post. Instead, I have been admiring the cheery yellow blooms of forsythia all around the city, and have chosen that for today's topic.
You can grow forsythia, and if you know of any bushes in your area, you can start your own very economically. Forsythia cuttings can be easily rooted in water. So all you need to do is clip a twig or two, and set them in a vase. Soon they will be sprouting and likely will send out roots. Once the roots are visible, the forsythia can be planted out into the garden, and will quickly grow into a shrub. I have a forsythia plant behind my compost boxes (see photo below), which was started this way, a couple of years ago.
Although you can cut a flowering twig, and both enjoy the blooms, and then the greenery which will quickly develop, the best time to take a cutting is once the blooms have disappeared, and the plant is directing its energy into growth. No growth hormones or special treatment are required.