In a previous rather raucous edition of Flowers for the Immaculate Conception also featuring Forsythias, from this very Forsythia actually, it was mentioned that these Sooth Sayers, these truth tellers, are the first to hail the coming Spring, the very first mind you. However, they have been caught out this year. Their mid-February appearance is a bit later than last year (that post was 22 January), but last year it was warm in January and absolutely freezing this year. Then, very suddenly it turned hot, edging on 80 degrees (I got 78 one day). The tulips and tulip trees, all manner of other daffodils and field flowers and other flowering trees all made it in long before the Forsythia. Methinks this is like an omen or something (not that I believe in omens). If it were an omen, I wonder if it would point to a catastrophic freeze coming up just when everything is vulnerable. Anyway, you might want to take a look at the normal state of affairs for Forsythia along with a word about the Immaculate Conception in the link above. Yikes! More truth telling on behalf of our Lady.