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Bewitched by Witch Hazels

By roses382, Feb 11 2016 10:29AM

Outside of the greenhouse I have two Witch Hazels in large pots. They have been there for 4 or 5 years now and are taller than me. One is Hamamelis x Intermedia 'Jelena', and the other, Hamamelis x intermedia 'Diane'. Originally, I thought I would plant them into the ground after their first winter in the pots, but they have provided such fantastic autumn colour, followed by flowers in February, (and anything that flowers in February has my vote!), a little fragrance, and shapely greenery throughout the summer. They also seem so happy in the pots, that when I do finally plant them in the ground, I will probably replace them with the same varieties.

The one in the photo below is 'Jelena', which is in full flower now, it's coppery, spidery buds looming out against the backdrop of Yew. 'Diane' is more red in flower, and a little later, just starting to open now. These orangey- red cultivars do not have the strength of fragrance as some of the yellow ones, such as Hamamelis x intermedia 'Pallida', but the autumn colour is exceptional in both varieties.

Their strange little flowers are reminiscent of tiny balls of fire - just what is needed on a chilly February morning!

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