Jim and I went to the Magic Witches of Winter talk at Broken Arrow. The slide show / talk was ok, nothing I didn't already know. But he did pass around cut branches from various hazels, and for the first time I smelled witch hazel fragrance. Very perfumy! Sweet, a little heady and cloying, but out in the open they would be delightful.
There were several examples of Hamamelis intermedia Diane. Here's what it is supposed to look like:
Here's mine. It definitely needs a green (conifer) or light (another hamamelis but yellow) background so we will see it from the kitchen window, so start thinking what to plant behind it. And I guess I need to be patient.
Here's Broken Arrow's own introduction, a Hamamelis mollis Sweet Sunshine. Really nice, maybe put this behind H. Diane for the contrast of red and yellow (plus a green conifer)?:
Another note of interest: Broken Arrow has a mature Gingko Spring Grove growing in the circle by the house (where the toy railroad runs). Check it out in leaf in summer! It looks to be about 3 or 4 feet tall, with a solid looking trunk, lots of branches.
And finally: I picked up my major new acquisitions!
- Magnolia Elizabeth
- Hydrangea serrata Bluebird
- Stewartia monadelpha
- Cercis Silver Cloud
- Two Iteas for the front walk (Sprich Little Henry)
- Two Actinidia kolomiktas for the pots in front of the meters