Posts Tagged ‘March Flowers’

Last year April flowers brought May showers…so I am anxious to see what March flowers will bring this year. Growing up I remember Daffodils blooming at Easter, not before St. Patrick’s day. Everywhere I look something is blooming. From my calculations it seems like plants are operating three to five weeks ahead of schedule, which means if you haven’t  started thinking about your garden you are already behind! Check out these shots of some early blooms in Central Park and around the city.

Hamamaelis vernalis in Central Park, February 4, 2012

Crocus Blooms Covering a Lawn in Quaint Sunnyside Gardens

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This past weekend I saw Hamamelis vernalis (Vernal Witchhazel) and Hamamelis mollis (Chinese Witchhazel) in full bloom. Budding in late winter and opening in March, these flowers amid gray branches and an otherwise barren landscape add a wonderful punch of color in the winter garden.

The Vernal Witchhazel, native to Southern North America, with its tiny reddish-brown flowers has a very subtle and elegant hue while the bright yellow flowers of the Chinese counterpart have a louder effect similar to that of Forsythia. Both are hardy to zone 5 and provide good fall foliage color as well. Make sure you give them enough room to grow because both species can easily grow to 10′ high with an equal spread. These shrubs can take full sun, but because they like more protection in winter, I wouldn’t recommend them on a rooftop garden.


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