If you are in a place where it is still cold and gray, and you are wondering if spring is ever going to come, you need to try this. I learned about forcing forsythia some years ago, from an older Polish woman. In the dreadful days of February or March, you can cut a handful of dead-looking forsythia branches and bring them home. (It doesn't matter how closed the buds are.) Put them in a vase of water and be patient for another few days. I cut these on Monday.
By Friday, I had a vase full of sunny yellow blossoms and a room full of spring. Yes! If you've got a forsythia bush nearby, you don't have to wait for the weather to bring it to life. Cut a few branches and help it along.