Forsythia: Golden Stars

March 19, 2012

“Tomorrow the twigs of forsythia will be sprinkled all over with golden stars . . .”
— Karel Capek, The Gardener’s Year

Forsythia in bloom

Sprightly branches of forsythia

Detail of forsythia branches

Early blossoms, forsythia

“Forsythia is pure joy.  There is not an ounce, not a glimmer of sadness or even knowledge in forsythia.  Pure, undiluted, untouched joy.”
— Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Watercolor sketch of forsythia

Another watercolor sketch of forsythia


5 Responses to “Forsythia: Golden Stars”

  1. Sallyann Says:

    …. and lovely golden stars they are too. 🙂

  2. sandy bessingpas Says:

    I’ waiting for my forsythia to bloom-there are buds so it won’t be long

  3. Kim Says:

    Hi Rosemary.

    I wasn’t sure how else to reach you so I thought I would leave you a short note here. I wanted to let you know how much our family appreciated the beautiful pictures you took of our special tree down at Green lake this last Valentine’s Day. (It was the one with the garland of hand made valentines).

    Earlier this month, the Parks Dept. decided to cut down our tree and we have been very sad. This weekend, my daughter and I placed some flowers in the shape of a large heart covering the base of the tree’s trunk that is still there at the edge of the path. We would be very grateful if you would consider taking some final pictures of our beloved tree before it is completely removed from the spot it has lived for so many years.

    Thank you again for sharing the photograpghs you took on Valentine’s Day and giving us a happy memory of this tree we have loved so much.

    • Rosemary Says:

      I will schedule a walk around the lake tomorrow and I’ll bring my camera. I wasn’t aware that the tree was destined to be cut down.

      • Kim Says:

        Thank you so much Rosemary. This tree was originally going to be removed about ten years ago. The Parks Dept had hung a tree maintenance sign on it declaring it unsafe and my son, who was 5 years old at the time, wrote a petition and placed it by the tree and collected over 500 signatures requesting that they “please just trim the branches and let the tree live”.

        Once the Senior Forester saw the outpourring of support for the tree, he made the magnanimous decision to prune the branches of concern–something he would continue to monitor and do for the next decade.

        Unfortunately this last winter, the snow and wind caused the tree to split and it became an imminent danger to the people who walk on the path below. The Parks Dept. removed it quickly and without any warning so we have been grieving this great loss of our beloved tree and trying to find ways to honor it’s life and celebrate the joy and happiness it has brought us these many years.

        I appreciate your taking the time to visit our tree and create a happy memory for my family and I to cherish and share with others.

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