November 2014 – IBA Newsletter



I was raking the leaves last Friday, trying to get the yard waste corralled and bagged before the Free Day at the Dump in Ames on Saturday, when I had to stop and stare at the shrub that always stops me dead in my tracks once a year on a day just like this one. The Witch Hazel was in bloom. Most of the leaves were now gone, as they should be, all the better to show off one of the most beautiful blooms in the Hamamelis family. Its fragrance is somewhere between sweet and intoxicating on a fine fall day.