Originally uploaded by Ontario Wanderer
This Witch Hazel (Hamamélis de Virginie) is blooming way too early. It should start around the end of September or early October. Last year I found it in bloom on August 29 and was amazed. This year I found it on August 14.
That being said, I have also found it blooming way too late in past years. Several years ago, while walking on a windy, -20 degree, snowy day in February, I found a witch hazel blooming with the petals vibrating in the winds of winter.