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Hello Spring Color

March 20th, 2018

I’ve been a huge fan of witch hazels for a long time. In Ohio, we had a few native ones in the garden, they were always blooming when we were out collecting maple sap. A few years ago, toured the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens when they were in full bloom. Last fall, I planted a lovely specimen in my garden. I went out to look at mine last week and discovered in was blooming.

The variety is ‘Amethyst’ hamamelis and it’s quite stunning. The burgundy flowers pop this time of year. I can’t wait until this beauty grows taller, it’s planted right outside the living room window so we’ll be able to enjoy it fully this time of year.

What sorts of things do you have in the garden to provide some much needed interest in winter?

Friday Favorite: Witch Hazel

November 10th, 2017

Witch hazels are lovely for so many reasons, the main one being that they are one of the first things to bloom in early spring. In Ohio, our native witch hazels bloomed in winter. Earlier this summer, I got an ‘Amethyst’ hamamelis at Fieldstone Gardens.

Not only do witch hazels bloom very early in spring, they also have the most gorgeous fall color. This small tree was planted below the living room windows. I chose this spot so we can see the beautiful fall foliage and particularly so we can enjoy those early spring blooms. Since it’s a small tree, topping out at 8-10 feet, it will be perfect in this spot. I’m pretty excited to watch this beauty mature and settle into the garden.

I’d have to say that witch hazels are one of my favorite small tree, coming in tied with dogwoods.

What’s your favorite all around small tree?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.