Serendipity is so sweet . . . and a delicious trip out to Tower Hill in Boylston, Massachusetts on a snowy afternoon was a feast for the senses.
The annual camellia show was in full bloom, on tree and afloat.
Nearby, the Orangerie was a garden of delights. Particularly wonderful was the way in which the colors of foliage--even the hues on the undersides of leaves--and flowers were combined with plant shapes. Shades of green, bronze, yellow, and purple echoed from plant to plant. Total eye candy.
In the cold and clear outdoors, witch hazels were just coming into flower. A beautifully pruned (as is every specimen there--it's the horticultural equivalent of hearing a crisply articulated speech or pitch-perfect aria) Hamamelis x intermedia "Pallida" was unfurling its yellow flowers.
Nearby, the red buds of witch hazel Hamamelis x intermedia "Diane" were breaking through their casings. That's the winter treat that I'll be planting this spring!