January 18, 2011


It is just around the corner...

I strategically placed a Witchhazel (Hammemalis mollis) across from my kitchen window so I could see it during these grey days of winter. This weekend it popped during the warmer temperatures here in the Pacific Northwest. It is a beautiful winter flowering tree/large shrub with these funny, crepe papery, stringy, sweet smelling flowers. I LOVE it!

I combined it with a yellow-twig dogwood. I think witchhazel smells like Trix cereal!

Now is the time to buy one in the nursery. You can pick your color (yellow, red, orangy) and make sure it is fragrant! And the Washington Park Arboretum has beautiful specimens in the Witt Winter Garden. I highly recommend it as a field trip!


  1. Hey, Lisa:
    Love this heavenly blog post! So nice to see the beginnings of spring unfolding around us. Now I'm going to be looking for signs of spring too. :)

    BTW, I recently purchased your Salvage Studio book and really, really enjoyed reading each page. I'm looking forward to catching up with you at one of the vintage flea markets soon. Blessings to you for the new year.

    Peace, love, and all the good stuff, my friend!

  2. Oh, the Winter Garden is amazing! I need to visit it again. It's such a fresh breath in our bleak winter months.