Thursday, March 10, 2011
Strawberries and Cream Witch Hazel
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Strawberries and Cream'
We are going to shift gears here away from the Orchids and go to this handsome shrub that was actually blooming outdoors here this week. Witch Hazels are always nice to have out in the garden. They bloom so early and don’t seem to be deterred by the weather. This variety, which I had never seen before is marvelous. The subtle shadings of the flowers stand out on a good looking rounded shrub. The fragrance was there too. It is said to have the nice golden yellow fall color that is typical of the species.
Witch Hazels are slow growing and pretty much pest free. They like full sun but can tolerate part shade. Moist soil is best but they are not fussy about water. A little pruning to maintain shape is all that is required. There are many varieties available now in red, orange and yellow.
It supposed to rain another couple of inches here today and tomorrow. That is going to be sure to exacerbate the flooding situation we had here early this week when we got 3.59 inches of rain overnight. It was impossible to drive anywhere in town without being turned back.