What?! The Winter Aconite is Blooming?

Winter aconite (pictured right) normally blooms in mid February at earliest in the Josephine Hatcher Woodland Garden. One plant has decided to poke its bright yellow head out early! Other than that, the main plants putting on a show in these cold temperatures are the hardy camellias, displaying whites, pinks and reds. The nandinas also are providing some bright lemon yellow color. The witch hazels are currently blooming (see below). The hellebores have started and the japanese apricots are ready to burst forth with color. Photographs by David Zielinski, webmaster.


Witch Hazels are currently blooming now. Their streamer-like petals are not much longer than an inch. Look carefully for these very small flowers on the bare branches of this shrub. The "Jelena' plant is about five feet tall, located near the granite bench dedicated to Josephine Hatcher, wife of the garden's founder. 'Diane' is over six feet tall and located at the Northern (upper) entrance to the Bartram Trail.

Hamamelis x intermedia "Diane"
Where: the Bartram Trail across from Turtle Pond

Hamamelis x intermedia "Jelena"
Where: the Josephine Hatcher Woodland Garden

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