One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

Can’t help it folks. The Squirrel Nutwork is on break, but I have to post, too, because we saw some amazing sights in the snow this week, including this:

Mystery # 112

Flowers in winter? Anyone know what they are?

In case you’re a new reader to our blog, I’m Hickory Squirrel and on Sunday’s I run this column. When Nutmeg says we’re not on break, that is. Post your guesses in the comments column, then I come back in the evening to see if we have and correct guesses and to reveal the mystery answer. Later!


The flower is a Witch Hazel.

Witch Hazel in snowThis particular flowering shrub is an ornamental species planted in our suburban neighborhood, (we featured it here before) but the plant also grows wild in the forests of Virginia. (which we’ve shown here)

Witch Hazel flowers in snow

What a hardy plant!

Warming trend?

Temperatures may only be five degrees here in Northern Virginia, but we’ll take it!

ice on Eastern Red Cedar melting ice on Eastern red cedar

The ice is melting and we are happy squirrels today. It’s wet brushing by this Eastern Red Cedar on our way to the feeders, but as Hickory said, “Hey, we’re not slipping on the railings!” ( Please note, The Squirrel Nutwork is still on winter break, but we had to share!) Stay safe out there, everyone!