It was a beautiful fall day . . .

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

. . . so I went for a walk. We went for a walk, I should say. The six youngest children plus my dear husband, to be precise. I wanted to see if the witch hazels were blooming. The first time Ivan took me up the hill to see them, he brought me in front of one magnificent specimen, and it looked like a bare-branched tree full of golden snowflakes. I was dazzled. Now I like to go up the hill every year, on a sunny autumn day, to see if I can find that magic tree again.

Much to my surprise, the witch hazels weren’t blooming much yet. I’ll have to go back in about a week and check again. With the generous supply of moisture, I hope there will be a good display. The witch hazel native to our area, Hamamelis virginiana, is one of the hardiest species. Other witch hazels bloom in the very late winter/earliest spring, but they are not as hardy. Maybe one day I will try one.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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