Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Witch Hazel Photos

A blogger known as Quarryquest shares photos of witch hazel in its natural form...a shrub that starts producing small yellow flowers very early in spring. (In this case the word "witch" should have been spelled "wych," from an obsolete word for "showing signs of life"; like wych elm, witch hazel blooms early. Witch hazel was probably an herb used by traditional English healers, some of whom were called witches. Hence some confusion about the origin and correct spelling of the word.)

Thanks to Elizabeth Barrette for the link.