It was spring in February today. Temps in the sixties, and the buds that broke on the witch hazel on Tuesday finally came full flower. I didn't get out in the yard with the camera till the light was almost dying.
Yay! This year I finally have witch hazel blossoms! Okay, last year I dug up the non-performer and replaced it with this one. It turns out that all the showy bloomer witch hazels are grafted onto rootstock that has teeny tiny non-showy little buds that bloom in the fall. The rootstock will take over if not pruned back. Apparently, when I bought my dud, the rootstock was already growing vigorously through the graft and just kept on doing so. "Orange Peel" survived last summer's heat wave and even though it looked awfully droopy at one point, it set out a nice batch of buds. And here we are! Blossoms in February to cheer the soul! Here's a closeup.
Spring in February brings a blossoming to Scientopia as well, with the start of our Guest Blogge! Our inaugural guest bloggers are Frautech, who blogs at Design. Build. Play. and Paolo who blogs at Zygoma. In her inaugural guest post, Frautech talks about putting the E in STEM. Paolo talks about celebrating Darwin's birthday and ponders whether he would get a job in science today. Stop over, read these and their other posts, and say hello! And keep an eye on the guest blogge - lots of other great bloggers are in the lineup for the future!