Last month was the first time I joined in the tree watching meme hosted by Lucy of Loose and Leafy, but already I have reaped the benefits – rushing as I did to post on the 7th of last month I failed to notice that my young witch hazel, Hamamelis ‘Amethyst’ already sported several flower buds. It was Frank, one of my regular readers that spotted them on the photograph, and when I checked my other witch hazels the majority of them also showed the distinctive clusters of three tiny nodules that will open up into the wispy flowers in winter or very early spring. I had never noticed this early development before!
There has been very little change since last month other than a few more new leaves opening, the result of delaying the transfer from pot to ground as advised by the nursery, the plant only just having been dug from the nursery bed at the time of purchase. Elsewhere in the garden the other witch hazels are beginning their autumn transition which can involve a range of beautiful shades, as shown already on H . ‘Zuccariniana’ (below left) and H ‘Arnold Promise’ (right), so it will be interesting to see when ‘Amethyst’ decides to join in this autumn colourfest in her first year here – as H vernalis, rather than the more common H japonica, she may of course have her own agenda….