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March 3rd, 2011

Morris Arboretum part 2, the Witch Hazel Tour

The witch hazels are in bloom! Here’s the edit I promised you from last week’s trip to the Morris Arboretum. The witch hazel blossoms came at the perfect time. February and I were no longer speaking.
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Hamamelis mollis ‘Princeton Gold’

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3 photos of Hamamelis X intermedia ‘Rubin’

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Hamamelis vernalis ‘Sandra’

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Hamamelis X intermedia ‘Luna’

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2 photos of Hamamelis vernalis ‘Christmas Cheer’

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Hamamelis vernalis ‘Sandra’

The arboretum is a great place all year round—the paved paths give you a mud-free place to stretch your legs. After a season of dead-winter-tree blog photos, I was happy to look at this sign of spring. Armed with a map, sunscreen, and camera bag and bundled up in two sweaters, I set out to see all the witch hazel. I spent the whole day at the arboretum. The blossoms started to look surreal after awhile. Did you ever pronounce an everyday word, like “typewriter” or “Dorothy,” over and over again until it starts to sound strange? I kept looking at the little blossoms and they started to look like prehistoric muppet-y anemone animal creatures. On the fuller branches, they started to look like they were in hectic motion, a city of witch hazel. The blue sky and yellow and red flowers warmed the day right up (or maybe it was those two sweaters).

But wait, next week there’s more! It was a beautiful bright sunny day, and I ducked into the fernery while I waited for the light to soften. Come back next Thursday to see some gorgeous ferns and new growth. It’s springtime in the fernery!

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February 23rd, 2011

Morris Arboretum part 1, Bloom Quest

The witch hazels are in bloom at the Morris Arboretum. I’ll have to edit my photos tomorrow or later in the week. In the meantime, here is another sign that it’s almost spring. And apologies to the kindly Arboretum walker who thought I’d collapsed on the pavement when I was stretched out photographing this little bloom. “THANK YOU for moving,” she said. Nancy and I think it is winter aconite (Eranthis).
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