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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Witch Hazel

Tom loved the scent of this one.

 On a recent trip to Longwood Botanical gardens we saw, much to our delight, their Witchhazel collection in full bloom. Witchhazel is one of the very first plants to bloom in the most northern part of the USA. These shrubs grow relatively tall, about ten-twelve feet high and about six-eight feet wide.

Tom didn't like the scent of this one.

It's so nice to see something in bloom even when there is snow on the ground and a definite chill in the air. I'm not certain if it's the bark, leaves or the flowers of the witch hazel which are used to make the astringent solution for topical use. I'll find out about it when I get the chance. In the meantime know for sure that spring is on the way....finally!
Some of these have a funny scent which some folks find appealing.

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