It’s the first week in February, and the witch hazel next to the library is flowering.
Witch hazel is usually the first to bloom, but it does seem earlier than usual.
It is very pretty. The one thing I miss about living in a cold climate, we get cold here but not ridiculously so, is the absolute feeling of relief and excitement those first signs of Spring bring. In the UK it was always the magnolia’s that made me happy.
The magnolias have also been my spring benchmark, this was the first year I’ve noticed the witch hazel…
That’s a very striking flower, but sort of “spooky” too. To me, yellow means Spring (Daffodils mostly!)
It is a little spooky, reminded me of “buddha’s hand” or fingered citron.
I have never even seen witch hazel before. How interesting!
I walk by this shrub once a week, but only noticed it because of the blooms — the librarians, of course, were able to identify it for me! It seems witch hazel in its distilled form is made from the bark.
Beautiful yellow, so spring.
Funny how so many of these early blooming plants are the same yellow — like daffodils and forsythia…
Forsythia and witchhazel are early heralds of spring. Love the visual shot of color after a winter of drab and dark grays.
I’ve been reading about phenology, and how we should take our gardening clues from changes in nature rather than a static calendar…
Very pretty! I’ve never seen witch hazel before.
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