Be careful what you wish for with this mild winter

February 21, 2012 05:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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?

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