April 06, 2014

"Arnold Promise" witch hazel spring blooms in Toronto: it's about time!

Hamamelis x intermedia "Arnold Promise" fulfilling its promise


What a winter! Pounded by wave after wave of punishing cold temperatures since December, I've almost given up on seeing spring roll around. But my favourite (well, only) witch hazel in my backyard never gives up hope and throws off dozens of strangely-shaped and faintly sweet-smelling blooms year after year without complaint.

Hamamelis x intermedia hybrids are crosses between Japanese witch hazel (H. japonica) and Chinese witch hazel (H. mollis) and one of our earliest bloomers.Other popular cultivars include "Jelena", "Pallida" and "Diane" and worth the extra cost.

Why buy another rhodo when you can get one these guys/gals that have multi-season ornamental interest? (I ask rhetorically.)

While "Arnold Promise" usually blooms in late-February and early March for many of us in the Toronto area, we're definitely "behind schedule."

But, of course, it's nature's schedule, not ours.

Let's enjoy the show that will enfold soon!


 Hamamelis x intermedia Arnold Promise witch hazel spring blooms by garden muses-not another gardening blog
 Hamamelis x intermedia
"Arnold Promise"
witch hazel spring blooms 


Arnold Promise witchhazel Hamamelis x intermedia spring blooms by garden muses-not another gardening blog
"Arnold Promise" witchhazel
Hamamelis x intermedia
spring blooms

Arnold Promise witch hazel Hamamelis x intermedia spring blooms by garden muses-not another gardening blog
"Arnold Promise" witch hazel
Hamamelis x intermedia
spring blooms 

 Hamamelis x intermedia Arnold Promise witch hazel by garden muses-not another gardening blog
 Hamamelis x intermedia
"Arnold Promise" witch hazel
in my backyard