There is little to report on the witch hazel that I am watching for the meme hosted by Lucy of Loose and Leafy. Hamamelis vernalis ‘Amethyst’ has grown another 3 cm since last month and now reaches 142 cm so will undoubtedly have caught me up by some time next year. Unlike some of the witch hazels there no sign of leaf loss yet, and only a couple of leaves have even started to change colour:
Hamamelis ‘Zuccariniana’ (below left) and ‘Arnold Promise’ both lost all their leaves a week or two ago whereas ‘Ruby Glow’ is, well, just glowing (below right):
I regularly inspect all of the witch hazels to see if their seedpods have ‘exploded’ yet, but those on ‘Amethyst’ and the others are still intact (below left). A moment of seasonal joy was, however, experienced three weeks ago when I caught sight of an extremely early flower on H ‘Jelena’ (below right). Witch hazel flowers in September? Whatever next!