IN SPITE OF THE LINGERING SNOW, I received three very encouraging signs of spring this week. In my Serpentine Garden, the flowering Witch Hazel shrub, Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’ (above, click to enlarge), opened hundreds of spidery, fragrant, yellow-orange blossoms. I can’t tell you how nice it has been to sit outside (in 40 degree weather) and breath in the perfume. Also offering hope were two minor bulbs who pushed their flowers through barely-thawed earth:
Eranthis hyemalis, or the Winter Aconite, also showed up this week. I profiled this bright harbinger last year. Hyemalis’ buttery blossoms remain closed on overcast days, but they open wide the moment the sun peeks out. I have them where I can easily see them — in a bed beside the front porch.
Of course there many more flowering bulbs and shrubs to come. But what a joy, after this long and vengeful winter, to see just a few signs of life when snow still threatens.
Have you noticed any signs of life in your garden yet? Let me know in the comments field below.
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