No Fear!

I could apologise for the frequency of witch hazel photographs on this blog, but this really is their best season ever! And once again there is clear evidence that it takes a few years for them to settle down before showing their true colours – last year it was Hamamelis ‘Amethyst’ (2014), this year H ‘Orange Peel’ (2013) made a real statement for the first time and all of a sudden H ‘Spanish Spider’ (2014) has turned a corner and stopped me in my tracks too. Even the ‘Meet the Family’ post of just over a week ago gave no clue of its real potential….just look at it now!

Now you can see how it got its name – not only is it bi-coloured, displaying the red and yellow of the Spanish flag for the first time, but the shreds have lengthened and curved, covering the shrub with hundreds of burnished multi-legged spiders…what a joy! I am only sorry you can’t all see it in person…

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10 Responses to No Fear!

  1. Cathy says:

    Wonderful! 😃

  2. No need to apologize! Thanks for sharing the beauty!

  3. Cathy shows your witch hazel as many times as you want because seeing them is a great pleasure. Admiring these beauties is wonderful, I love it. Hamamelis “Spanish Spider” is divine, its flowers are spectacular, I love it. Thanks for sharing them with us. Enjoy them. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

  4. It looks fantastic this year and I love the colour transition along the petals. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Chloris says:

    We can never have too many witch hazel appearances. I agree it has been a wonderful year for them. Ooh, Spanish Spider is divine

    • Cathy says:

      I still find it hard to believe how different Spanish Spider is to previous years. Interestingly, last year when we opened in mid Feb almost all the witch hazels were over; this year most will still be at their peak by then. Only Orange Peel is all but over

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