Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra
We seem to be in a pattern of changeable Sundays here in southeastern PA, with stunning sunrises followed by decidedly unpretty conditions. Here’s the same sky just 15 minutes later, looking rather ominous:
Well, at least we had a bit more freezing fog, which is bad on the roads but nice on some of the plants that still look good, such as Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’.
There were also some striking frost patterns on the car windows this morning.
In the process of wandering around taking photos for a future post on another topic, I noticed that the ‘Breda Giant’ medlar (Mespilus germanica) fruits are still hanging on. They’re hardly show-stopping, but they’re kind of cool, in an eccentric sort of way.
And, I discovered that my witch hazel (Hamamelis vernalis ‘Purpurea’; now ‘Washington Park’) is in full bloom. I walk past it a dozen times a day and see it right outside my office window and didn’t even notice. When I saw it in a mail-order catalog as ‘Purpurea’, I automatically assumed that the leaves were purple and immediately ordered it. I wish I would have read the description.
I wouldn’t even call the flower color purple; it’s more of a pinkish red. And it doesn’t seem to have much scent either, unfortunately. Well, the boys are busy eating their breakfast, and I guess I’d better get busy too. The wind is picking up, so I think a day of indoor seed-sowing is in order. I hope the rest of you have something spring-like in mind to do today, either inside or out.