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Hamamelis x intermedia 'Sunburst' March 10, 2013

Two days late for posting for Bloom Day, but it couldn't be helped. I've been sick, and then it's come in the midst of the St. Patrick's Day Irish dance performance season. (I'm an Irish dance mom; the only way I could be more of one would be if I had a shirt that said "Reel Mom" on it.) In any event, the garden looks much the same as it did in January. The snow has melted from everywhere but in the shadow cast by the south fence and the piles lining the driveway. True, bulbs are sprouting, but the only things blooming are the witch hazel, Hamamelis x intermedia 'Sunburst', and the snowdrops (Galanthus elwesii). There is a crocus in bud, but it's been that way for days, waiting for a return of normal temperatures. There's a low of 12F in the immediate future. So this weird stasis continues, but it is a vast improvement on last year's disastrous March warmth.

As always, thanks goes to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Trinity Irish Dancers performing at Terminal 2, O'Hare Airport