Witch hazel blossoms on February 5! Not here, but down in Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania: a public botanical and pleasure garden around which I had some time to wander before giving a lecture. One little grove was particularly fragrant and comely, with a few witch hazel shrubs with yellow blossoms, some with bright orange blossoms and some with brownish-orange blossoms.
February 5 is early for witch hazel even down there, reflecting what has been the mildest winter in memory. While many people prefer mild winters, this weather worries a lot of gardeners. Are plants going to become “soft”? Is possible cold weather in the weeks ahead going to do them in?