The Hamamelis or witch-hazel is one of the earliest shrubs to bloom in the spring.
In my New Jersey garden this hardy plant will send out its fringe-like flowers as early as late February.
These hopeful little flowers bring a smile to my face each year and remind me that despite bitter winds and snow, spring will be on its way.
Hamamelis is worked from the top center out by increasing until you reach the bottom edge. The pattern has both charts and written instructions.