Witch Hazel in Bloom

Hamamelis vernalis

Ozark Witch Hazel (Hamamelis vernalis) blooms in any warm spell from January through March, filling the air with a delightfully strong perfume. When the weather freezes again, the petals curl up and wait for another warm spell. The bush is not native to Pittsburgh, but it is requires no care once it is established, and it does not make a pest of itself.

Hamamelis vernalis

English Bluebells

Why did English bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) sprout uninvited in a small city yard in Pittsburgh? Because life is better than we deserve.