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Vernal Equinox – Celebrate the Change of Seasons

Celebrate the equinox with a walk through a nearby botanical garden, a bit of garden maintenance, an indoor garden project or by starting a bloom chart.

Today is one of two days a year when the daylight hours are equal to those of the night.  The vernal equinox, March in the Northern Hemisphere, and September in the Southern Hemisphere is often used to mark the first day of spring.

It has long been viewed as a day of renewal and in many areas the start of the growing season.

This is a great time to start a bloom chart.  Observe and record bloom times of the trees, shrubs and flowers in your landscape.  These yearly observations will help when looking for new plants to fill in low or no bloom times in the landscape.

Or lend a hand at a nearby nature center or botanic garden.  They often need volunteers to record bloom times at their facilities.

A bit more information: The vernal witchhazel (Hamamelis vernalis), a North American native shrub, is named for the spring equinox.  This winter blooming witchhazel produces yellow, orange or red flowers that appear sometime between January and March.

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