Archive for the ‘nature’ Category

Something New to Appreciate

February 5, 2019

Even though I’ve lived in Georgia since 1981, I had never noticed a Paper Bush until this winter. What a beauty! Here is a photo of one of the golden yellow blooms taken on my walk today. I have to say the blooms look even better on a bright sunny, blue-sky kind of day like we’re having today.

After a couple of my Facebook friends told me what kind of plant this was, I did a Google search and found this article from Southern Living magazine.

Here is a bit from that article:

“Native to China, paper bush (Edgeworthia chrysantha) gets its name from its bark, which is used in Asia to make high-quality paper. . . . Plant connoisseurs knew about paper bush, but it didn’t grab much attention until nurserymen planting displays for winter garden shows discovered that it was just about the easiest shrub to force into early bloom indoors. Thousands of winter-weary gardeners spied it, dropped their dentures in dismay, and coveted like they’ve never coveted before. A star was born.”

For comparison, the photo with just the white pods showing was taken in mid December when I first wondered what kind of shrub this was.

 

 

 

 

 

Then I took the photo with a few yellow flowers popping out a few weeks ago, on Jan 24th. An added bonus is that it smells great!

Fun to learn something new to appreciate — especially when it’s a plant that blooms before spring officially gets here.