Pooh's drawing is insightful as usual. The forsythia buds point downward. Once they start to open, you notice how the greenery heads upward and the bloom continues in a downward direction.
Here you can see more how from the one bud area, one bloom and one stalk of greenery develops.
One of the best things to cheer you on a cold winter day is to look at some yellow blooms.This is definitely something we'll do again. It's easy, lasts quite a while and provides excellent observation opportunities. Put it on your calendars now to try in late February. That should work for most climates.