What’s Blooming — February 2012

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’  is in full glorious bloom.  The flowers of this witchhazel resemble perfect lemon zests draped over its rust-red calyx.  A deer favorite, it is only in the last few years that we have been able to enjoy this fireworks display.  Fencing special plants can be a nuisance and an eyesore but when you are rewarded with blooms like this, it is obviously time well spent.  The warm weather has definitely played a part in this early bloom.  Phenology geeks pay attention as we are 4 weeks ahead of 2010 and 2011.