- Witchhazel (Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’)
The red-flowered witchhazel blooms first, and it must have gotten started last week because the small tree I came across this morning was in full, rusty burgundy splendor. The flowers have a nice light scent which is unfortunately absent when it’s raining sideways. Oh, Oregon.
- Burmese Mahonia (Mahonia lomariifolia)
Haven’t seen it yet, but I know it’s going or will be in the next few days. Excellent early nectar and pollen source for ambitious honeybees who sneak out to investigate on warm days in January and February.
- Hazelnuts and the various Corylus spp. cannot be far behind
- Cherry buds are thinking about waking up; buds are probably physiologically active (it’s alive!) but not outwardly swelling yet