I had hoped that when we got back from France spring would finally be in full swing here as well but alas, the freezing temperatures continued until the beginning of this week. Yesterday the thermometer finally rose a bit, and the fragrance of witch hazels (Hamamelis cv.) became perceptible all over campus as they unfurled their spidery sulphur-yellow and bronze-red blossoms.
Witch hazel (Hamamelis cv.) in bloom, with lots of snow still on the ground
Coming up soon: my reports on the gardens we visited while in France, and updates on what is flowering and sprouting on my window sill.