Floral Friday: Feb. 8
Proof that spring is coming: Today the Hamamelis vernalis 'Purpurea' (witch hazel) started to bloom. This is the first time that I have had success in growing witch hazel, and seeing its bright flowers made me genuinely happy.
This is a new shrub that I added to my front garden this past fall. In order to see the flowers better, I did have to remove the leaves individually, since they were still holding on.
Don't you just love the ribbon-like, curled petals?
Even better, there must be a beekeeper in town, because there were some honeybees visiting it today as well. Imagine that — honeybees in February! (Granted, today was a warmer day in the 50s.)
Over time it can reach six feet tall, so it is possible it might outgrow its current spot. But I think I will need to purchase another one of these for the garden border.