Now is the time to see delicate witch-hazels in bloom at The Morton Arboretum. You’ll find these shrubs and small trees in the Ground Cover Garden and other areas around the Visitor Center, and in Witch Hazel Dell just north of Lake Marmo on the West Side. Their branches are lined with delicate yellow or red flowers that have clusters of straplike petals.
Along the ground, snowdrops are blooming in the gardens near the Visitor Center and the Thornhill Education Center and hellebores are just beginning to open their flowers.
Elms are beginning to bloom, though their flowers are high overhead and hard to see. Buds are swelling on many shrubs—not to mention thousands of daffodils—in preparation for the full spring color show.
For something different, native skunk cabbage is in full bloom at the west end of Lake Marmo, near the bridge over Willoway Brook. The flower is 4 inches tall, teardrop-shaped, and deep red.