Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered – by these colourful, beguilingly fragrant Witch Hazels at RHS Wisley

The Teddington Gardener

A fine day yesterday, after that miserably wet weekend but still, having a day off, a chance to head over to the RHS gardens at Wisley.

My mission: to stop by the Alpine House, take in a few snowdrops, inhale my first fragrant dose of Daphne bholua, bag the first of the Hellebores and of course, to be captivated by the Witch Hazels, Hamamelis, in the woodland gardens. These proved to be quite the stars, and I wandered very happily along the winding paths of Seven Acre Wood and marvelled at these beauties.

I hope you do to, and if there is a collection near you, and it is the season, make a point to go out and acquaint yourselves with them personally. Backlit by winter sun, with a hint of blue in the sky and enough warmth to free their fragrance, well, you won’t regret it.

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