Albeit seems late in the season—since they normally bloom in November, the last plant to flower during the growing season—the witch hazel planted near the Plaza Pond in front of the Visitor Center is beautiful in yellow fringe.
Apparently, there are two species of the witch: Hamamelis virginiana and H. vernalis in our area, and sources tell me the latter blooms later, and I've been looking forward to writing a sentence where I could use a phrase that included both latter and later. So, there you go.
Rather than being an early sign of spring, with today's blast of sub-freezing temperatures, it's a late sign of winter.
- Stephen Lyn Bales