I have to say that the little witch hazel, Hamamelis vernalis ‘Amethyst’, which I am ‘following’ and posting monthly about for Lucy’s tree following meme has changed very little from last month, although there are a few leaves with a slight yellowing round the edge – unlike the rest of my witch hazels which lost their leaves several weeks ago, apart from my favourite ‘Harry’ which is still as green as ‘Amethyst’ although carrying less leaves than her in the first place.
As well as monitoring Amethyst on a monthly basis, this tree following has also prompted me to check the other witch hazels on a regular basis too. I am glad I did so because I have found the tiniest hints of flower colour on several of them – and I do mean TINY, but it’s enough for expectation to begin to mount! Could I get photographs of this specks of colour?! No I could not – I had perfectly focused grass, stems, paths, but evidence of the emerging flowers seemed to be beyond me and my camera. Below on the left you can see the best of the bunch (on Harry, even though he is still fully clothed and was one of the last to flower last season), and on the right still tightly closed buds on Amethyst.
So, although summer is past and winter looms, albeit mildly, there are already gems to look forward to and, although Amethyst is small, there is still a mass of flower buds all up the stem. As she is new to me this year I barely know what to expect from her, other than an illustration on a website, so I am as excited about her potential as anybody. In the meantime, I am wondering whether to move her a couple of feet away from her existing position, as I had forgotten that underneath the large lead effect pot that began disintegrating was a gap in the paved area where we once had a mammoth cordyline. Although she is fine where she is for now, in 10 or 15 years time she may be projecting out over the adjacent steps…. decisions, decisions. While I ponder, I shall visit Lucy’s blog to look at links to the trees other bloggers are following – do go and have a look as well.