tulip poplar

Winter Weed Bouquet

It’s not impossible to create a winter bouquet, and the winter-blooming witch hazel is probably the most ostentatious proof.

But so is the tulip poplar, whose woody bloomheads last for months after they fall, not to mention the sturdy skeletons of last September’s goldenrod, among others.

winter weed bouquet
winter weed bouquet

Lance thought I might miss getting a photo of this year’s witch hazel in the snow, so he took this before our most recent snow melted.

witch hazel in the last of the snow
witch hazel in the last of the snow

I went out to check on my little pawpaw seedlings, and Sonny, Cher, and Slim Shady are all still there where I planted them last year, looking like… Well, looking like itty-bitty sticks. Sleepy, but alive. And the cages we put around them kept them from being eaten by the deer again. (Sorry, Sonny. We’re glad you are coming back.)

And Samson, the sole pawpaw that sprouted from the more than 25 stratified seeds my Uncle Mark gave me is doing okay as well. Samson is the skinny twig toward the top left of the pot below. Hi, Samson!

Samson pawpaw tree
Samson pawpaw tree

And now we are finally into February, which—even though it has fewer days than the other months—feels the longest to me.

I can hardly wait until March, when I’ll begin seeing the first wildflowers, the wild ramp shoots, and other wild edibles of March like chickweed, bittercress, toothwort, dandelion, deadnettle, and spring beauties, oh my!

2 comments on “Winter Weed Bouquet

  1. I have always enjoyed picking “dried flower” bouquets in winter too. There is much beauty in the summer’s dried memories.

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe

      “the summer’s dried memories” — How poetic, Susanna!

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