What a year! I haven’t lived in the mid-Atlantic for 20 years, but now the mid-Atlantic has come to me in the form of milder winter weather. My witchhazels (Hamamelis x intermedia) have been blooming for a month, and scads of bees are buzzing my Tommies (Crocus tommasinianus), lured by their pollen-rich yellow stamens. In a few days, it will be spring in my garden (see the photo above of my garden in spring). Yet before spring comes St. Patrick’s Day, a special day for me, because I’ll be speaking at the Boston Flower & Garden Show, Mass Hort’s annual rite at the Seacoast World Trade Center. My 2:30 p.m. talk is Four Season Landscapes: Trees & Shrubs for Year-Round Appeal, based on my book, The Homeowner’s Complete Tree & Shrub Handbook from Storey Publishing. Come and join me at the talk, or visit with me at the bookseller outside the lecture hall afterwards.