There's another right next to it that's thinking of opening. I'm thinking by the weekend we could be in full bloom out here.
And as a side note, if you're going organic and using corn gluten on your lawn, I believe the time to put it down is just as the first forsythia bloom? (I need to double check that!) Assuming that's right, and the branches in cut just the other day have already bloomed in the house, and all the spring bulbs are starting to do their thing, it's time to get your corn gluten! I'll be headed to Ohio Earth Food just north of Hartville any day now to get my corn gluten, along with some other natural fertilizers for the garden. Ohio Earth Food is great - check them out if you haven't already!
While cleaning up some of the flower beds this afternoon I salvaged and trimmed down some sedum stalks. Since they were hollow after winter, I'm hoping this cheap, homemade version of the mason bee nests you see in the garden catalogs looks more natural and inviting. I bought an overpriced nest years ago and it never got used. Then again, there's probably enough natural options around here for the solitary bees that they just ignore anything I put out. We shall see!