Witch Hazels look exactly as I hoped and expected – and still miraculous

Last week some of the newly planted Witch Hazels (Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’) began to bloom.  Right on schedule.  Exactly as planned.  They are the beginning of the planned grove of them at the front entrance, for their welcome winter color and fragrance.

Yesterday it snowed, beautifully.  Everything is clean and white and quiet.  And even though my scientist, horticulturist mind told me they would be fine – it still seems amazing.

Witch Hazel flowers with snow on them 2.16.2015 20150216_070819Lovely apricot colored ribbons of flower are covered with snow.

The whole shrub just glowing.Witch Hazel blooming in snow 2. 2.16.2015 20150216_105254

Perhaps by next year I will have become accustomed to this.  It will seem commonplace.  (I doubt it).  But right now, the first time, it is thrilling.

The Winter Garden — Its First Winter

The Winter Garden — Its First Winter

Winter Garden close up 12.4.2014We just planted them a month ago, but some of the Sparkleberries (Ilex verticillata) are holding their berries and looking so bright and festive.  And some of the Miscanthus grasses  — also just planted – are holding their seed heads.  The combination is exactly what I was hoping for: a lovely winter effect that doesn’t just rely on evergreens.

They’re all quite small still, and don’t give the full effect.  But I could not be happier.  Well, I could be happier if it would snow.  Then the red berries and white plumes would be even more wonderful; the contrast of bright red and white will be especially festive in the snow.  If it ever snows!