After a mishap destroyed half my Witch-Alder shrub (Fothergilla major) in front of my porch, rather than throw the branches in the brush pile, I thought I’d try to force them into bloom.
A marvelous native plant, its honey-scented, bottle-brush 1-3″ blooms attract scads of pollinators in May. While the forced blooms weren’t as large as they’d be if attached to their roots, the small, faintly-scented blooms still brought forth the memories of warm days past and ones I anticipate are just around the corner.
It’s the Vernal Equinox in the northern hemisphere and although snow still blankets my area, the sun shines more warmly and the days grow longer. It won’t be long before the snow has melted and green buds will be pushing forth. To my friends in the southern hemisphere, enjoy the cooler days ahead!
Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts this weekly meme to showcase arrangements created from our gardens, is celebrating her fifth blogiversary. Wander over to wish her well and to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.