Hamamelis for a New Year

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…

An early March visit to the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire – much to admire especially the Hamamelis (Witch Hazel) Collection …

That's it I'm afraid - one large (albeit labelled) gallery - a pictorial tour of the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire earlier this month (well, a walk around some of it, but most of that put under the camera lens).... The Hamamelis collection I stumbled across was in very fine fettle, the highlight of…

Part 2 …. A little more from the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew – my first visit in 2016 – more Witch Hazels, decorative fruit and bark – and a horrid hawthorn

King William's Temple with Hamamelis x intermedia Back to Kew (well in fact the final selection of photos from my first visit in 2016, at the end of last week) and its Witch Hazels all the way ... Hamamelis x intermedia Vesna gets us going - and the more modest Hamamelis virginiana - Hamamelis x…

My first visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (well, my first this year) – Witch Hazels aplenty, Alpine beauties – Magnolias! – and more… Welcome to Part 1

Hamamelis x intermedia Vesna Happily, Kew Gardens are a short distance from Teddington HQ (too) and as long as there is a parking space close to the Victoria Gate entrance, there is no excuse for me not to stop off and take a look inside. Sometimes this is just a short stop, perhaps less than…

The Savill Garden, fragrant, fizzing with colour and all set for Spring

Rhododendrons like this amazing Choremia Tower Court, blazing in the sunshine this afternoon in The Savill Garden within the greater Windsor Great Park - made this a fine choice for a walk, through these extensive gardens before exploring further into The Royal Landscape to search out the Jubilee Horse and the Copper Horse, with views…

If you go down to the woods today (reprise) – Scented Witch Hazels, Daphne & Sarcococca, Edgeworthia too at RHS Wisley

You are met, as soon as you walk into the gardens at RHS Wisley, by the seductive scent of Sarcococca, the Winter Box, in this case with pure white threadlike flowers on arching stems, set against deep green leaves. It is a fragrance that carries on the wind, a siren-call to the few pollinators out…

Intimations of Autumn – Witch Hazel and Virginia Creeper

I'm afraid I don't know which cultivar of Hamamelis this is (a sale item, healthy enough but long since separated from any identifying label) but what gorgeous autumn colouring.... I'll have to wait a few months to see the distinctive thread-like and hopefully fragrant flowers, on bare winter branches, to determine who this is. In…

Bewitched… Hamamelis at Kew

A grove of Witch Hazel, Hamamelis, at Kew - like those at RHS Wisley, in profuse bloom - these specimens are obviously in full sun rather than a woodland setting - they form part of the Mediterranean Garden displays, a setting for King William's Temple, and they seem to be liking it! Smaller plants than…

Battleston Hill – a walk on the woodland side…

The weather forecast isn't great for tomorrow, Saturday, but those careless of a bit of rain, could do worse than spend the time wandering through the winding paths of Battleston Hill, the woodland gardens at RHS Wisley in Surrey. I was there earlier this week, with my umbrella too, and was mesmerised by the colour…