Saturday, February 18, 2012

Witch Hazel – Blooming in the Winter Garden


Fantastic Winter Blossoms - Witch Hazel and More


100_0154 100_0157 The Winter Aconites at Wegerzyn Gardens, a Five Rivers Metro Park in Dayton.  The Eranthis hyemalis  blooms beneath the deciduous canopy where the sun reaches the ground.  Winter Aconite creates a golden carpet, and has even been know to bloom above a snow cover. 
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The forty different Witch Hazel, a feature at this park, are beautiful.

100_0161 Witch Hazel, Hamamelidaceae,  is a deciduous shrub, or small tree which grows to about 15 feet tall.  


Winter Garden Colors - Garden Ideas for Your Yard



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The Witch Hazel blossoms are not only colorful, but fragrant, as well.
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Dozens of hellebores were not to be outdone. Their leaves are semi-evergreen, and the blooms are some of the earliest in the garden.
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Blooms  AND a 47 degree day in February, AND a clear blue sky.
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Thanks for strolling along with me today.  c
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