Sunday, March 20, 2011


According to our calendar today, March 20 is the first day of spring.
During the past few weeks it has been routine for me to go to the window looking to see if the witch hazel has blossomed . Everyday looking, hoping for the first hint of a yellow flower emerging on a branch.
Waiting, waiting, waiting and watching.

Finally today , Primavera, , this first day of spring the flowers appeared!
We planted this witch hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia), 'arnold promise', for two very good reasons. The first very good reason is that is such an early bloomer here in NH. The other reason we chose this particular variety is that it was developed at the Arnold Arboretum.

Near to the witch hazel are these two Adirondack chairs that we purchased many years ago from a workshop in Brooklin, Maine. Much of the winter they were buried in deep snow. Over the winter after each storm we watched them as a measure of snow depths. Now they become a measure of snow melt! They have at last freed themselves from the winter.


The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
is the oldest public arboretum in North America
For further information go to their website:

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