vwhbl1                                                       Vernal Witch hazel

February 13, 2009.       Always the first plant of the year to bloom in my garden, my Vernal Witch hazel (Hamamelis mollis ‘pallida’), also known as Chinese Witch hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia ‘pallida’) gives me hope that winter will soon end and the promise of a new growing season will begin.

According to my garden journal, it has started blooming as early as January 18 and as late as February 25. It usually blooms for about a month. This year, it did something a bit unusual. Some branches began blooming on January 3, 2009 and the main bloom began on February 8th.

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