The Teddington Gardener

Hamamelis for a New Year


Hamamelis x intermedia Orange Peel

A choice selection of Witch Hazels flowering at RHS Wisley just now – such delicate flowers seem impossibly impervious to the worst of the weather but untroubled they are. I would have found more on Battleston Hill but the weather forecast (chill but bright and sunny) gave way to a bitingly cold rain and so off I went to Tescos and the Fara charity bookshop in Teddington (books on orchids, pruning and roses) and then early to home.

And fragrant, Witch Hazels, not Tesco – Posh Spice in the panoply of scented winter shrubs – though Sarcococca is out there already with a cloying, sweet smell and Daphnes (oh my oh my!) are on their way.

A little reading then from three doyenne of the horticultural world and naturally in the pages of the Telegraph! (Bunny Guinness) (Mary Keen) (Val Bourne)

and from my back catalogue –



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