I am watching the snow melt and the hammamelis bloom. On Wednesday, February 24th, Scott Canning, Director of Horticulture at Wave Hill (http://www.wavehill.org) brought a vase of Hammamelis to the lecture (see post: Is Horticulture Over?). Scott had a couple of different varieties, but the one that I thought was outstanding is 'Birgit".
Here is the description from Rare FIND Nursery:
"The darkest-red flowered witch hazel cultivar introduced to date. 'Brigit' has rich purple red flowers produced on a vigorous plant. Autumn color is butter yellow suffused orange red. Although not highly scented, 'Birgit' will add a unique touch to your winter landscape. Plant one today!"
Only in the UK: Winter open day. "Don't miss the opportunity this month to visit the garden of award-winning landscape designer Arabella Lennox Boyd at Gresgarth hall in Lancashire. This elegant garden is opening for....a Hamamelis Day...February 13.
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