Spring extravaganza

Not counting the fact that we haven’t reached the Vernal equinox, I think it’s safe to say that spring has arrived. The incontrovertible evidence:

Broad swaths of Sooty Acres are clothed in sheets of gold (Eranthis hyemalis, or winter aconite).
Making up for lack of fragrance with stunning red flowers, Hamamelis x intermedia (witchhazel) 'Diane' is an eye-catching alternative to the yellow-tinted blossoms typical of most spring-blooming witchhazels.
Petals like crepe-paper streamers unroll in warm weather.
Bright yellow and intensely fragrant, the blooms of Hamamelis x intermedia 'Arnold Promise' were the first flowers to open this year at the Civic Garden Center.
Helleborus x hybrids (Lenten rose), in various shades and forms, push new foliage and typically nodding blooms.
Picotees, speckles, doubles, dusky reds, clean whites, yellow-greens... the best way to be sure you get the type you want, buy it in bloom.
Silvery pearlescent buds of Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot) will soon rise to open above the detritus of last fall.

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