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!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/plants/10614419/Witch-hazel-a-magical-plant-for-winter.html (Bunny Guinness)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/9024795/The-allure-of-witch-hazel-flowers.html (Mary Keen)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/4436574/How-to-grow-witch-hazel.html (Val Bourne)

and from my back catalogue – https://teddingtongardener.com/tag/hamamelis/



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