Can't bear to clip off branches that may bloom, even if you know
you should to keep a plant shaped and thinned? Enjoy them as cut
Cut some vase length budded twigs, peel the bark from the base
of the branch so it can more readily absorb water, then set them in
deep water in the sun. Change the water daily.
Below, left: Lilac flower buds coming, the fourth and fifth
day after being vased. Below, right: Cornelian cherry (Cornus
mas) and Forsythia join the show.
And here's the lilac at 13 days, the Forsythia at 8