It is that time again this year when I am driven from my desk to go out and see the incredible witch-hazels in bloom. From far away they look like forsythia, glowing yellow in the sun, but they are much more delicate up close. We found this variety, Hamamelis × intermedia 'Pallida', to smell strongly of fruit loops!
The most striking thing is they bloomed almost exactly one month later last year. Here is the post I made last year when I first stared working here at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens from March.