I just returned home from visiting family back in the Michigan motherland – a place of sand dunes, majestic white pines and the blue expanse of lake that is so dear to my heart. I’m still a bit tired to write much, but I had to stop by and wish you all the happiest of New Years!
And, I had to share with you this beautiful witch hazel I came across on a walk while there, just beginning to flower. It is such an inspiration to me that in the darkest and coldest time of the year, this wonderful tree chooses to flower in such an explosion of beauty (and the picture depicts just the beginning of the bloom – soon, the flowers will truly explode, their vibrant yellow blossoms standing in stark and beautiful contrast to the white of the winter forest). It was a treasure to come upon, and seemed like an auspicious omen for the year ahead.
And so, I am hoping that for us all, the new year will be filled with all the wonder and magic of a witch hazel flowering spectacularly in the middle of a silent, white and slumbering wood.
Thanks for this lovely picture of a sleeping beauty.
Witch hazel is really a magnificent plant and I wished I could find her in New Zealand (wasn’t lucky since there are only hybrids availabel)
It is funny but all my friends (women which don’t know each other) have had an awesome start into the New Year…
Something changing and powerful is going on and it is surprising we all (yeah me included) are changing and full filling our dreams, purpose and visions at the same time…
Wish you love and health for a spectacular New Year!
It’s funny actually – I’ve lived around witch hazel my whole life, and this is the very first time I’ve come across one in flower! Someday, I will most definitely plant her in my garden so that I don’t have to leave it to chance to see the flowers. Perhaps then I can send you a cutting!
I think you are right about a good shift happening in the world. I think it is a year of flowering in many ways
Happy New Year to you as well, may it be filled with wonderful things!
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