Monday, March 16, 2009

Hamamelis - Additions

Just taking a day away from the spring bulbs to finish up (almost) the Witch Hazels. This first one is Hamamelis vernalis purpurea 'Washington Pink'. Although the petals aren't quite as long, the color is wonderful and although similar to purpurea, much lighter. I like these colors up close, but from a distance the flowers seem to fade into the background, unlike the bright yellows. This seems to be a more upright bush and gets much less sun than a lot of the others. That might explain why it is more upright - stretching to get to the sun.
This next one is Hamamelis x intermedia 'Double Gold'. The picture is not the best but I didn't get this one (just last week) for the flowers. This will be our first Hamamelis with variegated leaves. Once the leaves come out I'll be sure to take a picture of them to post. It took a bit of looking to find this. We knew it existed but our usual supplier of Hamamelis was sold out. I just love getting plants in boxes - expecially when you open the box and they're in full bloom like this one was.

This next one is Hamamelis x intermedia 'Strawberries and Cream' I think I posted this one before, but it is finally all the way out and this is a much better picture.

Last for today is Hamamelis x intermedia 'Angelie'. It comes out a bit darker yellow, but it has been out awhile and seems lighter now.

One more to go and maybe not until next week or the week after that. 'Birgit' is our last one to bloom, always, and although it is starting to show color, it is a long way from being in bloom. We have 2 of them in 2 very different parts of the yard, but they are at the same stage of blooming (not blooming?).
Warm weather for a few days here so we're back to heavily mulching the area where we are trying to eliminate the bamboo and more pruning of magnolias.

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