I know it's not nice to play tricks on someone or force somebody to do something, but come on......it's forsythia!
From the the time I was very young, my mother would clip some forsythia in the very beginning of spring, plunk it in a container of water and wait for it to bloom. That was about the extent of her gardening endeavors.
I've branched out a bit (hahaha) but still fall back on her ritual of "forcing" forsythia most every year! It's about that time.
Loppers in hand, just a few snips, then rid the part that goes in the water of buds or anything else.
And then, this is new to me, smack the end of the branch with a hammer.
Now simply add water and wait.
In four days to a week a bevy of bright yellow flowers will appear. That is, if the poor forsythia forgives me for being forced inside and beaten with a hammer. I'll keep you posted!