It's only Feb. 13th, but spring has officially arrived for the Phactors' gardens. The calendar means nothing in this reckoning; the first flower has opened. And the winner is ....wait for it....witchhazel! The snowdrops only got beat out by a day by the looks of things, while the 3d contender, winter aconite, is lagging behind. This moves up the date of earliest flowering by quite a few days, 10-12, but haven't checked the data files yet. This particular shrub is not going to have a large floral display. It suffered quite a bit of stress last summer and this may have limited the number of flower buds. So to celebrate TPP walked to campus.