Last week some of the newly planted Witch Hazels (Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’) began to bloom. Right on schedule. Exactly as planned. They are the beginning of the planned grove of them at the front entrance, for their welcome winter color and fragrance.
Yesterday it snowed, beautifully. Everything is clean and white and quiet. And even though my scientist, horticulturist mind told me they would be fine – it still seems amazing.
Perhaps by next year I will have become accustomed to this. It will seem commonplace. (I doubt it). But right now, the first time, it is thrilling.