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OMG: Signs of Spring in Prospect Park

February 20th, 2009 · 4 Comments

[Photo courtesy of Jennifer Dunne/GL Flickr Pool]

We usually like to start the day with “hard news” or “news” kind of post. Well, this morning, friends, this is news. The witch hazel is starting to bloom in Prospect Park. This can only mean one thing: winter will soon be drawing to an end. Yes, we know these things happen on a schedule. We don’t know if it’s going to be a sad or a happy spring, but we do know that this terrible and sad winter is almost over.

[Photo courtesy of Jennifer Dunne/GL Flickr Pool]

Tags: Prospect Park

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Xris (Flatbush Gardener) // Feb 20, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Witchhazel is one of those plants that bloom “mid-Winter” more than “early Spring.” Depending on the weather, they can bloom in early January in our area. They are later this year than last year because of the bitter January we had: It was too cold even for the Witchhazels!

    For me, Snowdrops start the phenological gardening clock for Spring. (Skunk Cabbage is a native harbinger of Spring, but not so readily accessible in Brooklyn.) I’ve already seen them blooming at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and my neighbor’s front-yard, so yes, Spring is on its way!

  • 2 Ellen // Feb 20, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    terrible and sad winter? Hey, we got rid of George W Bush. That’s very happy in my book!

  • 3 If There Were 25 Hours In The Day… // Feb 20, 2009 at 12:43 pm

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  • 4 deborah matlack // Feb 20, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Beautiful shots, both wide and close up. If the witch hazel is in bloom, can the crocuses be far behind.