Monday, January 3, 2011
Anticipating The Year's First Blooms
The sky is blue and the air is cold over Clay and Limestone, but, soon the earliest blossoms will be greeting the day.
Don't look for the 'Feed me Seymour' blossoms of hellebores.
Or, the much lauded and dreamed of Tommies on a Hillside.
ephemerals that frequent this garden.
Nor, the frost tolerant earliest daffodils or,
the smallest of the small bulbs.
That honor will go to Hamamelis vernalis. Our winter blooming native witchhazel; whose buds are fattening up for the big show. (In past years the blooming started this week)
and because planting a witchhazel was
a funny nod to our complicated and loving relationship.
Hamamelis vernalis blossoms in the winter
When we have just about given up hope
that spring will ever arrive.
On warm days
the crepe paper streamer petals unfurl and
its sweet scent drifts about.
On, the other hand, Diane (Hamemlis x Intermedia) may surprise us and bloom before our sweet native!
I promise to keep you informed as events unfold in the garden! But, I'm rooting for Vernal Witchhazel to open first!