Here’s a challenge for you. Name a shrub that flowers in the middle of the winter. I’ll even show you a few pictures.
This is what it looks like when it’s budding out – the normal “flower”.
But at the end of January (northern hemisphere), it decides to get all fancy on us.
It puts on its Sunday go to meeting clothes, augmenting its usual velvet nodes with a crown of yellow flowers.
And to top it off, the flowers, when they bloom, have a delightful aroma. Any ideas? I think I heard it may originate in Japan, but my old geezer memories aren’t exactly bulletproof.
I took all the pictures in this set out walking on January 30. I wanted to get some pictures of the mystery shrub in bloom, but it was a nice day by Portland winter standards so I walked a bit more. What sort of things can you find out here in the American West?
Ok, ok, enough of the corny wild west theme. Probably spoiled the mood. Maybe I should just let you look again and come up with your own impressions. I bet you can do better. Comments are open…