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Among the old shrubs left on the property when the house was built were two enormous, overgrown forsythias. I had them pruned down to the ground; what you see is one year's growth. Quite fantastic!
The forsythia have bloomed in 2000 in fine fashion! The one below is a slower growing variety with heavily toothed, smallish leaves. The one below that is a very fast growing variety with large, lightly toothed leaves. This particular shrub can easily grow eight feet in one season!
It's spring, 2001, and the forsythia are putting on an incredible show!
I had the forsythia cut back severely last spring after they bloomed. The had good growth during the summer and fall, and are putting on a show in early spring, 2002.
It's the first week of April, 2003, and the forsythia have bloomed into beautiful fountains of yellow that glow in the midafternoon sun.
Even a surprise spring snowstorm couldn't keep them down -- here they are in full bloom.
The forsythia are like clockwork -- the first week of April, 2004, and they've begun to bloom.
After the miserable winter of 2004-2005, it should have been no surprise that the forsythia were late. They have just bloomed toward the end of the second week of April, 2005.
The first week of April 2006 has the Forsythia in full bloom. Once the bloom is spent, these will be heavily pruned to renew them for the next few years.
After the forsythia had bloomed, during the second week of June I had the landscaper cut them down to the ground in order to renew them. Here it is just one month later and look! First is the slower-growing variety.
And here's the more quickly-growing variety.
By the end of July, the forsythia had really started to take off! Here they are, the faster-growing variety first.
It's April 2007 and after last year's hard pruning, these are all the forsythia blossoms we have this year. Wait till next year!
Early April 2008 bring the bloom of the rejuvenated Forsythia.
The forsythia bloomed beautifully in Spring, 2009.
The forsythia have begun to bloom in early Spring 2010. Fortunately, they were not affected by the tree falling in the side-yard garden and have put on a spectacular display!
One of the signs that Spring has arrived is the bloom of the forsythia. This year, that took place in the first few days of April 2011.
Mid-March 2012 brings the first blooms on the forsythia, early this year.
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