A January flowering shrub this Toronto gardener can depend on
|The underside of the petals have a beautiful tinge to them|
I had a very small window of opportunity last Saturday when temperatures were about 5 degrees C. (40 F) and the "Arnold Promise" witch hazel in my backyard were open. I quickly took these shots of one of my favourite shrubs which provides as close to four seasons' worth of interest as any plant can. When the deep freeze arrived today, the blooms predictably shrivelled up to protect themselves.
Aren't plants interesting?
|"Arnold Promise" witch hazel blooms fully open|
|Witch hazel buds have a fuzzy covering|
|Any pollinators out there?|
|Cluster of Hamamelis x intermedia "Arnold Promise" blooms|
Other worthy cultivars of Hamamelis x intermedia include "Jelena", "Diane", "Feuerzauber" ("Fire Charm"), and "Pallida".
Now you know. Now go out there and shell out the money for these guys and gals. Think of them as investments, which they really are.
By Paul Jung, author of "garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog"