Posts Tagged "witch hazel"

Winter Gold: Witch Hazel

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in flowers, Unmowed Blog, winter | 4 comments

Winter Gold: Witch Hazel

My hands have never been so cold. I’m wearing gloves but they’re too thin, and the wind is howling. It’s what they used to call a lazy wind–it goes right through you instead of taking the trouble to go around. The skyscrapers of New York City make canyons for the wind to flow through like a bitter river. Cold gusts are slipping icy fingers down the back of my neck. Central Park is full of trees, but there’s nary a leaf anywhere to be seen (not counting pine needles).  You wouldn’t think anything would be flowering now, in the darkest days of December. And...

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Witch Hazel: Frozen Sweetness

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in adaptations, fall, plant parts, Unmowed Blog, wildlife | 2 comments

A little cabin in the woods. Very, very Thoreau. A nice place to hide out and write. Last week I revelled in a writers’ retreat at the Highlights Foundation in Boyds Mills, PA. Anyway, outside my cabin was a gorgeous bush in full bloom. Covered with flowers. What, you don’t see it? Right here. A witch hazel bush. A native species–the best kind for landscaping. In full bloom. Now if witch hazel bloomed in May, it would be totally overlooked by every person walking past, and more to the point, overlooked by any and all pollinators. But the fact that it blooms so ridiculously late in the...

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