Having enjoyed seeing other people’s trees on the 7th of every month I have dithered for some time about joining Lucy’s tree-following meme at Loose and Leafy. Despite having a number of trees around the garden few are in a position where I could show anything other than a partial view, and of course the same partial view most months except perhaps when there is less foliage in the way. The exceptions are the witch hazels, of which I now have what could be called a small collection – some perhaps planted about ten years ago and a few very recent additions. The majority of them are planted where I can catch a glimpse of them from the house, which is why I chose to plant this one in a spot only a few feet away from the house, in a space vacated by an acer that is no more.
This is Hamamelis ‘Amethyst’, bought from Bluebell Arboretum in March and in fact dug from their nursery beds and potted up on the day. It was recommended that I kept it in the pot for a few months to give the roots a chance to establish before planting it out again, and it has only recently been planted in its chosen spot. Measured today it is all of 29″ (0.74m) tall.
Unlike the other witch hazels and in fact all the other trees in the garden it is still producing new leaves, each taking on a distinctively subtle stripey appearance until darkening to a uniform green. This variety has small lightly scented purple flowers, so will be very different to the orange, red and yellow shades of the others – will it flower next year? I will be checking every month for flower buds…
Thanks to Lucy for hosting this meme – do follow the links and have a look at other trees on a monthly basis.