Faire Diane

february-10-2009-010-2The fairest thing growing in the Fairegarden at the moment is Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’. No contest.feb-24-2004-2Here she is a year after planting, February 24, 2004. She was mail ordered from Wayside Gardens and her cost was more than had ever been paid for a plant in any of my gardens. In ignorance of her growing habit a leader was selected and staked. The error of this was seen soon after and the stake was removed to allow for the looser branching that is natural for these small trees/shrubs.mar-19-1-2Articles had been torn from magazines singing the praises of the witch hazels. But the photos did not look like the trees which were familiar. At our northeast Tennessee house, the one before we moved to Texas, the native Hamamelis virginiana was growing in the woods around the neighborhood. These were mature thirty foot trees that bloomed in early winter with yellow fragrant spidery flowers. The trees featured in the glossies were more shrub sized with varying flower colors. Breeding had been done between H. japonica and H. mollis to produce a garden worthy smaller tree with winter bloom and sweet scent that would be a perfect addition to the new shrub border. By the next year, Diane had grown a little, but the Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Gold Mop’ hedgelings had shot up rapidly. Note the size of them from 2004 to 2005. This photo was taken March 19, 2005 and shows the design plan, orange Diane with the early daffodil Narcissus pseudonarcissus.february-23-2007-028-2Jumping ahead to February 23, 2007, 2006 photos from January to June were lost in space when the computer crashed, Diane has grown some more and the Gold Mops have grown large enough that the privet hedge they were planted to replace has been cut down and dug out. That was a giant step for gardenerkind and paved the way for the veggie garden to be created behind.february-7-2008-006-2Last year, 2008 shows the devastation wreaked from the April freeze of 2007, only two blooms. Flowers form on the previous year’s growth and that growth produced only a couple of stems. We were lucky to have those, lucky that the tree was not killed like the four Japanese maples that were lost due to that catastrophic cold spell. february-9-2009-034-21Time traveling to present day finds Diane still rather small, especially compared to the Gold Mops, which were supposed to mature to five feet tall and wide. Diane is over six feet tall, not so small really, but not very voluptuous. The evergreen’s width is right on, but all are taller than five feet and a few are much taller. It just goes to show that plant tags are merely suggestions or averages about the size of shrubs.february-9-2009-023-2february-10-2009-014-21february-10-2009-009-2february-10-2009-011-2
A strange thing happened with the blooms of Diane this year, the earliest among them opened yellow. It has been much colder this winter, possibly that had an effect on them. The later flowers to unfurl have been the delightful reddish orange of the petals of year’s past. Some opened darker and have faded a bit. All are enchanting and smell like honey. Strolling along the path in front of the shrub border, the aroma swirls in the breeze, make that gale force winds, to bring a smile to the gardener’s lips.february-10-2009-007-2Below are some facts from the good folk at Missouri Botanical Garden:

Common Name: witch hazel
Zone: 5 to 9
Plant Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Hamamelidaceae
Native Range: None
Height: 8 to 12 feet
Spread: 10 to 15 feet
Bloom Time: January – March Bloom Data
Bloom Color: Red to copper-red
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low

General Culture:

Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best flowering is in full sun. Prefers moist, acidic, organically rich soils. Promptly remove root suckers to prevent colonial spread. Prune in spring after flowering to control shape and size.

Noteworthy Characteristics:

Hamamelis x intermedia hybrids are crosses between Japanese witch hazel (H. japonica) and Chinese witch hazel (H. mollis). These are medium to large deciduous shrubs that typically grow 12-20’ tall and are particularly noted for their mid to late winter flowers which appear before the foliage emerges. ‘Diane’ is a red-flowered form with spreading branches. It typically grows to 8-12’ tall and to 10-15’ wide over 10 years. It is noted for its winter-blooming, mildly fragrant, red to copper-red flowers (to 1” long), each having four, narrow, ribbon-like, crinkly petals. Axillary clusters of these flowers bloom along the stems from late January to March. Broad-oval green leaves (to 6” long) turn attractive shades of yellow, orange and red in fall.

Problems:

No serious insect or disease problems. Occasional insect galls (small wasps) appear on the foliage. Japanese beetles may chew on the leaves in some areas.

Uses:

Shrub borders, woodland gardens. Screen or tall hedge. Good specimen due to late winter flowers, attractive summer foliage and fall color.

But wait, there is a newcomer in the midst!
february-11-2009-003-21An anniversary gift to celebrate 35 years of wedded bliss, selected by offspring Brokenbeat and financed by, well, The Financier on a previous trip to Asheville, North Carolina is Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’.february-11-2009-001-21 This promises to be an exciting match up between Diane and Arnold. We will keep you, gentle readers, abreast of any developments.
Frances
~~~
In the long shot above, a pathetic attempt was made to draw a circle around Diane in the background to show the placement of the two witch hazels. They are within shouting distance of each other. Or poetry reciting distance.
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50 Responses to Faire Diane

  1. Janet says:

    I really like the witchazel we have in the Learning Garden. The fiery orange bloom on Diane is beautiful. Is the Arnold a fragrant one? Once again, great photos.
    Janet

    Hi Janet, thanks, the witch hazels are a great group of shrubs. Arnold is reported to be quite fragrant and is loaded with unopened buds. He will bloom a little later than Diane to extend the season. I found that with Diane, the fragrance did not hit me until it was fully open and the weather warmer. That may be the case with Arnold too.
    Frances

  2. gittan says:

    The witchazel are so nice. Diane I’ve putted on my “Plants-I-really-want-list”. I don’t know if I’m abel to find her here. All the Daffodils growing under… super!

    Hi Gittan, thanks so much. I do hope you can find some in your area. I have seen them in the British blogs so there is hope for you too. The daffodils have been spread each year since that 2005 photo but sometimes Diane blooms before the daffodils. That was a lucky year. I am having trouble getting to your blog this morning, but will keep trying!
    Frances

  3. Gail says:

    Frances, Diane is a beauty! …and I have always liked Arnold’s Promise. It’s a lovely yellow. The H vernalis that I have is a sweet yellow like, Arnold but the flowers are much smaller. The fragrance of witch hazels is like honey, thanks, I’ve been struggling to identify it…mine have a bit of allspice to them, also. I am hoping for another warm day. Gail

    Good morning Gail, thanks for visiting. I really could not smell Diane until the weather warmed and all the buds opened. Now the fragrance permeates that part of the garden. I am hoping Arnold does the same, he is loaded with buds. Not quite as warm today they say, but I will be out again, hope you can get your new plants going when your back yard is ready too.
    Frances

  4. Oh Dear Frances I love to visit your enchanting garden. Do you know I have never even looked at grasses and Hamamelis before and now you have opened my eyes. Thank you
    THE GREENHOUSE IN TYRA’S GARDEN Tyra

    Hi Tyra, thanks. I have found many garden worthy but unknown to me plants from reading blogs too. Another good reason for blogging. I am in love with your vast numbers of tomatoes!
    Frances

  5. tina says:

    Congrats on 35 years of wedded bliss! And Arnold’s Promise is a perfect gift celebrating the anniversary. Brokenbeat did well.

    My Diane is blooming red now (red face here not realizing the yellow stuff was buds), anyhow, it’s all good. I really enjoy the background with both the Diane and the Gold Mops. Those things are huge. I’d say they are very happy in your garden.

    Hi Tina, thanks. Brokenbeat was on the phone with me the whole time, but he did select a beauty. Asheville was great nurseries, so much better than Knoxville even. Hooray for you Diane. She will give you many years of late winter joy. :-)
    Frances

  6. RobinL says:

    Lovely Frances, and I’m glad that Diane now has a friend in Arnold. What do they look like the rest of the year? Any fall color or other interest?

    Hi Robin, thanks. I had been looking around for another witch hazel and know that the mail order ones are so small and not cheap either. They are sometimes hard to find at nurseries around here, so I called the places I knew in Asheville and found some. The fall foliage for Diane is stupendous, orange and red. We shall see about Arnold, but there should be some good color from him also.
    Frances

  7. Joy says:

    Good Morning Frances and congratulations on your anniversary : )
    I remember seeing amazing trees in Holland when we lived there .. Spring in Holland is like no other place I have ever been .. not even Vancouver Island. These beauties were in full bloom and caught my eye all the time .. I said I would have to have one when we came back to Canada .. but so far .. I have dropped the ball .. time to rethink this strategy .. thank you for the reminder girl !

    Hi Joy, thanks so much. The photos on Yolanda Elizabeth’s blog Bliss have shown the amazing displays in Holland. Such beauty! I do hope you can find a witch hazel for your garden, they do kind of meet your Hallowe’en theme! :-)
    Frances

  8. Oh, those are beautiful. I don’t think anyone grows them around here in the TX panhandle–I certainly haven’t seen any.

    Simply stunning.

    Hi Susan, thanks. Diane is having her best year yet. The Mobot info states zones 5-9 so you should be able to grow them. Mine is the only one is this town, I am sure and the nurseries even in the larger cities of Knoxville and Chattanooga don’t carry them. But they should!
    Frances

  9. Diana says:

    Oh my, I thought I loved Diane and then I got to Arnold! Wow. He is stunning. They make a lovely pair — a Botanical Valentine’s couple, if you will! What an appropriate anniversary gift. Congratulations!

    Hi Diana, many thanks. Maybe in the future Diane and Arnold will bloom together on every Valentine’s Day. What a good annual posting that could be. Thanks for the idea!
    Frances

  10. MMMMM…Diane is a wonderful plant. I’m intrigued by the colour variation this year; I’ll let you know what (if anything) happens to mine when it gets around to blooming. Much, much later than yours of course.

    Hi Jodi, thanks. I am so glad to hear that you are able to grow these too. It will give me back up to answer when others ask about them in the northern gardens. I thought maybe the yellow flowers would turn to the reddish color, but so far they are still yellow, if tinged a bit with the orange. Now Arnold is a try lighter yellow. I can’t wait to see him in full bloom.
    Frances

  11. Dave says:

    Nice! I sure wish ours were doing more this year. Darned deer. Munching the witch hazel. Maybe next year! Good luck with Arnold and Diane I’m sure their marriage in the garden will be a happy one! ;)

    Hi Dave, thanks. I believe that a fence around your witch hazels is in order. That is just not allowed. Ten feet if that is what it takes. Whatever is necessary!
    Frances

  12. nancybond says:

    Diane is a striking beauty — her colour is probably my very favorite in the garden. I love brights! She looks quite content with her bed mates, and I love all those sunny daffodils at her feet!

    Hi Nancy, thanks so much. I love that color too, it is especially pretty when backlit, but isn’t everything? :-) Some years we are lucky enough for the daffs to bloom at the same time, it could happen this year, I hope.
    Frances

  13. kerri says:

    How nice that Diane produced many more blooms this season. She looks beautiful, and will enjoy having Arnold to keep her company, I’m sure. What a wonderful anniversary present.
    I love those spidery blooms and may have to add a witch hazel to our garden. Early blooms are always most welcome :)
    Rain and strong winds here today, but the air is warmer and feels like spring…a little teaser for us here in the snowy northeast. I can see bare ground!

    Hi Kerri, thanks so much. Hooray for bare ground, and hooray for your red polls too. I love seeing the birds at your feeders, your photos are so sharp. I do hope you can add a witch hazel to your garden too. Such good winter interest.
    Frances

  14. Marnie says:

    I thought gold mops were small shrubs?

    I am on the borderline of the hardiness zone for witch hazel. I never push zones anymore like I used to. Diane certainly looks good in your garden. It reminds me of party streamers blowing in the wind. I wish I could smell it;)
    Marnie

    Hi Marnie, yeah, me too. Five feet without pruning, lower if you want to keep it short with pruning is what I was told. The tallest one is easily more than eight feet and still growing. I think you are wise not to push the zones, I have stopped too. Especially after the winter we just experienced. Aren’t those flowers unique? I wish too you could smell it, like warmed honey. :-)
    Frances

  15. Racquel says:

    What a lovely addition to the late winter garden. I need to add more of these type of plants to my garden for some much needed interest in January & February before the spring bulbs start putting on their show! Thanks for the great info about these lovely shrubs/small trees. Beautiful!

    Hi Racquel, thanks. This is one of the most exciting of the winter bloomers, I think. Here, only the earliest of the daffodils bloom at this time, but early crocus and snowdrops would be in bloom with them also. I am working on adding more snowdrops, they are so sweet.
    Frances

  16. Sylvia (England) says:

    Frances, every spring I say I must get a witch hazel but keep putting it off because of the price. Also if I move house… The different coloured flowers, I can’t see if they are on the same branch but do check that they are not reverting to one of the parents, I know variegated plants can do this. I hope it is just the weather and will not happen again.

    Best wishes Sylvia (England)

    Hi Sylvia, thanks for stopping by. You are right about the price, they are hard to find and never on sale but worth every penny when they bloom like Diane is this year. I don’t think the yellow blooms are reverting for they are high up on the shrub, not suckers from below which have bloomed yellow before. I cut them off but haven’t had any for a few years now. BTW, I got my first issue of Gardens Illustrated and love it. :-)
    Frances

  17. Rose says:

    Between you and Gail, I have moved witch hazel near the top of my plant wish list! I’ve been thinking about this all winter, and I may have the perfect place for one. A big anniversary is coming up for us this fall, also; perhaps I could start dropping a few hints to hubby. I wish Diane and Arnold a long, healthy life together!

    Hi Rose, HA, Gail and I are ganging up on you! I hope you are able to locate one without having to mail order it, you can get a much bigger plant for the money. Diane and Arnold are already exchanging shy glances. :-)
    Frances

  18. skeeter says:

    I just adore gifts that keep on giving and giving year after year! Congrats on 35 years with hubby in tow! I do find the Witch Hazels so unique with their blooms…

    Hi Skeeter, thanks so much. The Financier has clued in that the best gift for me is a live plant, he has chosen some fabulous ones the last few occasions. 35 years of training finally paid off! :-)
    Frances

  19. Darla says:

    I have been reading a lot of posts featuring witch hazel as well as helleborus. I guess I’ll be trying to find some of these newer plants (to me) for new additions to my gardens. Thank you once again for all of the info, saves me from spending hours looking it up :)..

    Hi Darla, thanks. This is the time when the southern witch hazels bloom and it is a big deal since there is little else going on right now. My hellebores are just beginning to open, but they will last much longer than Diane, through May. The fragrance is like honey and the fall foliage is excellent too. Worth the expense.
    Frances

  20. Michelle says:

    i love witch hazel. I think i will add some this year! Enabler!

    Hi Michelle, thanks and welcome. I do hope you enjoy a nice witch hazel or two, they offer so much at a time of year when little else is going on. And guilty as charged to enabling. :-)
    Frances

  21. Darla says:

    I honestly can’t remember the last tetnus I had. I’m sure I will be fine for the next couple of hours, the cut is not deep, it’s just that small voice that alerted me that got my attention and then the post I read. To tell you the truth, between the hot flashes a fever might be hard to detect, LOL!

    Hi Darla, whew, you had me worried there for a minute. I am glad you will be fine. And I know what you mean about not knowing you have a fever! :-)
    Frances

  22. linda says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary Frances! Plants are the best gifts!

    Diane is beautiful, and Arnold promises to be a wonderful addition to your garden!

    Hi Linda, thanks. I agree, plants for any occasion will always be well received here. Arnold is very exciting, especially since I thought I had hurt him with some violent root pruning and planting when the ground was nearly frozen solid, but he has survived to say hello to Miss Diane. :-)
    Frances

  23. Kathleen says:

    oh my, it’s been sort of a rough go for Diane, hasn’t it? She has to be hardy tho to withstand all those trials. I think you and Gail have both sung the virtues of witch hazels enough I am about to climb on board, now I just need to find the right spot and a source. Happy belated anniversary too ~ 35 years is a long time especially in todays world. Definitely worth the gift of a new witch hazel to befriend Diane!

    Hi Kathleen, first let me wish you a happy blogaversary! Poor Diane had to suffer the indignities of a gardener without a clue as to her growing patterns. I limbed her up and tried to make a tree shape, no wonder she is so puny now. Also the gold mops is trying to eat her alive, but that will be kept cut back away from her. Bad gold mops. I hope you can find the witch hazel of your dreams! And thanks for the good wishes. :-)
    Frances

  24. Steve says:

    Wow, Frances, you take the best-ever pictures, honestly. I have always had an absolutely mad love affair for Witch Hazels. I try and mass plant 3-5 together for a real “sheet” effect at a time when literally nothing else is blooming. They also have a very gorgeous and full leaf pattern during summer and provide a terrific background for perennial color in front, roses, and etc.

    Hi Steve, thanks for that! I imagine that 3-5 witch hazels would make quite a statement, but that would break the budget here for sure, anniversary or no! I love the leaf shape and the fall color is fabulous. All good.
    Frances

  25. Catherine says:

    Oh Diane is so pretty. I just love the colors. I hope Diane and Arnold have many happy years growing together :) What a wonderful gift. I wish I could fit one in my yard. Every year around this time I start looking for a potential spot. One day there will be one!

    Hi Catherine, thanks so much. Arnold was a great gift, and the color on him looks a lot like the one in your post. Maybe those were Arnold too? I do hope you can find a spot, Diane is smaller than some of them.
    Frances

  26. ourfriendben says:

    Sigh… blooms already. We’ve just lost the snow (today) and are, uh, enjoying your gale-force winds while anticipating a very long session of pick-up sticks tomorrow. But I got Amaryllis ‘Amalfi’ and Paphiopedilum ‘Pinocchio’ in the mail today as part of an ongoing Christmas gift, so I really can’t complain! Congrats on the milestone anniversary. Way to go, both of you!!!

    Hi OFB, oh my goodness, Pinocchio has been on my wish list for years! Lucky you! I enjoyed the pick up stick game today, good for the waistline. :-) Thanks for the congrats, it seems like just yesterday we were nervously walking down the aisle. Time goes by so quickly.
    Frances

  27. Monica says:

    Aw, it’s so sweet sharing your baby pictures of Diane. Do you have some in your wallet, too?! :) Seriously, it’s so fun going through old photos looking how plants have matured. (And my post about my big change will appear tomorrow evening!)

    HA Monica, I think I will always address you that way, for you always make me laugh. I had fun looking for the photos of Diane, it was fairly easy since I knew they would always be in February or March. My photos are filed by date. I look forward to learning of your big change. And I think it is too late for winter sowing of the rattlesnake master, it will have to be spring sowing with our warm temps. Or wait until next fall.
    Frances

  28. Congrats on all that marital bliss Frances. What a gorgeous plant to celebrate such an occasion. Well deserved by you and the Financier.

    Hi Lisa, thanks. Arnold will always bring a smile and memory of a wedding day long ago. It snowed that day in PA, and has snowed on our anniversary every year since when we lived in places that had snow. :-)
    Frances

  29. Brenda Kula says:

    Looks like confetti!
    Brenda

    Hi Brenda, it does! Such an interesting flower form. Thanks for stopping by.
    Frances

  30. Frances,
    You’re lucky to have such beautiful and fragrant witch hazel. My neighbor has a few, but we’re not close enough for me to see/smell the trees.
    Cameron
    PS Need your advice on good places to eat in Asheville. Last time we went, we ended up eating most meals at the Biltmore restaurants.

    Hi Cameron, thanks. It has taken a while for the fragrance to be noticeable. It was more so on those warmer days we have had recently. I have sent you an email with some places we like to eat in Asheville, Sunny Point, West End Bakery and the Usual Suspects for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And don’t forget ice cream and coffee from The Hop for dessert. :-)
    Frances

  31. gisele schoene says:

    Happy anniversary! Beautiful post, so many nice information and pictures (as always!). Are you enjoying the nice weather?

    Hi Gisele, thanks so much. Yes yes and yes to enjoying this weather. I have been outside every minute possible, blogging is suffering but the garden is calling me! Hope you are out too, it is too nice to be indoors. :-)
    Frances

  32. I really like this shrub and want it of course. I like time lapse Frances style.

    I googled The Hop earlier to see what was being said about it. Very cool stuff and some great reviews by a few college students at some message boards, it seems to be on every visit Asheville site out there, and the morning moms are nuts abou it. Congrats on its success. I want some of the coffee flavored chocolate chip. Oh–and folks were raving about the vegan goodies.

    Hi Anna, thanks so much. And a special thanks for looking up the Hop. I am nagging working on getting them to get a website going that shows directions and store hours. There is so much to do with just the two of them and a few young employees with the making and selling of the ice cream. We are still finding our way on improving the business end of it. I appreciate you telling me about the message boards, I don’t even know how to find them, but good word of mouth always helps. :-)
    Frances

  33. TC says:

    Hamamelis is quite witchy
    but I don’t really care
    for it’s not the scraggly
    way she wears her witchy hair
    I keep her for the color
    that she brings to me in spring
    and as for witchy plants,
    I think she’s the king!

    Hi TC, HA and thanks. The witch hazels are a regal lot, and Diane is looking good. We shall see how Arnold displays his finery, for he is a much larger shrub, according to the tags, but we know they are not to be trusted. Just look at those Gold Mops.
    Frances

  34. Melanthia says:

    Again, your Diane makes me anxious to see what ours does. You mentioned suckers. Any chance of propagating those?

    Hi Melanthia, thanks for visiting. Your Diane looks like a healthy specimen, not pruned in error like mine was in the beginning. As for those suckers, yes, they can be propagated with success, and killed easily by being moved in the middle of summer. Don’t do that.
    Frances

  35. Witch Hazels are great to have in the garden. Last year I went to arboretum Kalmthout in Belgium where they have a vast collection of them. Most were in flower then and scented too. A wonderful experience.

    Looking at your pics of Diana it suddenly struck me that she is very Medusa like, isn’t she?

    Hi YE, thanks for visiting. I am envious of the Europeans getting a chance to meet in The Netherlands and see Piet’s garden! Maybe someday….. I can imagine a group of witch hazels and the perfume in the air, it sounds a delight. Diane does belong to the no comb school of hair design! HA
    Frances

  36. Monica says:

    Hi Frances, I admit I get my eryngiums mixed up, so I don’t recall whether it’s rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium) or sea holly (Eryngium giganteum) — or both! — whose seeds need stratification (cold periods)… so spring sowing may not work. (Otherwise, it does. I used the same containers as for winter sowing and spring sowed once!)
    Signed, HA Monica

    HA Monica, thanks. I may have to go the fridge route, for our weather may not have enough cold left in it. Maybe half outside and half in the fridge. I had dreams of your duct tape and milk jugs since it was the last thing I viewed before going to bed! HA to that. :-)
    Frances

  37. patsi says:

    Not sure how I feel about witch hazels.
    Never seen one up close. You do have beautiful blooms for February !
    Hmmm

    Hi Patsi, thanks for being honest, but if you could see them in person and smell them too, I believe your feelings would become evident! Smitten! :-)
    Frances

  38. Jean says:

    Those are all so beautiful Frances. I haven’t seen any witchhazels in my neck of the woods, so I’m guessing they don’t do as well here. But my gardener friend told me about a native witchhazel that blooms in October/November here; seems strange!

    Hi Jean, thanks. The native is a very large tree, that is what we had in our first TN neighborhood. These smaller H. intermedias are still not as common as they should be. Mine are probably the only ones in my town, but they are worth searching for. Zones 5-9, that includes you doesn’t it?
    Frances

  39. layanee says:

    Those pictures are gorgeous! Love the witchhazels and hoping for a good amount of blooms this year. Last year a warm spell in December caused the blooms to open early. We do have natives which bloom in the fall. I think I need some more varieties!

    Hi Layanee, thanks so much. I am thinking a variety of witch hazels would be a very good thing, and you have a large space, that would be stunning!
    Frances

  40. Dee says:

    Oh, Francis, darn it. Now I want Diane too. I got Arnold’s Promise this year and am awaiting its blooms. So excited. Do you have Chris Lane’s book on Witch Hazels. Coincidentally today I’m going to review it on Examiner as part of the book series. It will be up by tonight. Love, love, love the photos.~~Dee

    Hi Dee,thanks so much. I think Arnold and Diane make a nice couple. :-) I don’t have that book, but am loving all witch hazels. There might be a spot found for one more some day. I like the looks of Jelena.
    Frances

  41. marmee says:

    love these shots and the fact you have another witch hazel, it will be fun to watch and see how he does.

    Hi Marmee, thanks. Arnold already is looking good. He had a lot of buds and there is a nice branching which will hold next years blossoms. I was so happy and smiling to see you and Meems having some beach time, even with the fog. :-)
    Frances

  42. Weeping Sore says:

    Your obvious love for these shrubs/trees, and your “matching up” of Diane and Arnold are perfect for a pre-Valentine’s day.

    Hi WS, thanks for stopping by. I do love all the things growing here and talk to them as if they were the offspring. The witch hazels are having their moment of glory right now and will be forgotten until the fall when the foliage is afire. Diane and Arnold, it has a nice ring to it. :-)
    Frances

  43. You’re way ahead of us… but that’s okay. I can really enjoy what you’re doing over there! LOOK at all your daffodils! Beautiful! :-)

    Hi Shady, thanks so much. That daff shot is from several years ago, but it won’t be long before we can see those cheering yellow bits in the garden. Love your bird valentine poem. :-)
    Frances

  44. Jon says:

    Frances, Congrats on your anniversary and your good fortune in having a husband who is loving enough to give you such a thoughtful mate to “Diane”. I like the symbolism of this match-making of witch hazels durng this Valentine season. Happy Valentine’s Day to y’all! Jon at Mississippi Garden

    Hi Jon, thanks for you wonderful green valentine and a happy day to you too! And thanks for those well wishes. Diane and Arnold have a glowing future together!
    Frances

  45. Hi Frances~
    Witch Hazel is probably the most unique looking bloom I’ve ever seen. Happy Anniversary! 35 years is definitely something to be proud of :)

    Happy Valentine’s Day!
    Karrita

    Hi Karrita, thanks so much and happy Valentine’s Day to you too! The blooms of the witch hazels are wild and crazy! :-)
    Frances

  46. easygardener says:

    They are beautiful flowers and look even better up close. Diane and Arnold – what lovely names, somehow the names make me smile!

    Hi EG, thanks. They, like most of the flowers are fun to study in the close up photos in the comfort of the lazyboy. Diane and Arnold are sort of old fashioned names, so romantic. :-)
    Frances

  47. Genevieve says:

    Well Hellooooo there Diane! Lookin’ good!!!

    I think you’ve got a match made in heaven there, Frances. Lovely photos. I’m going to have to look into witchhazels in my climate after seeing your inspiring photos…

    Hi Genevieve, thanks, HA. Diane is looking lovely, her best year ever. You were talking about winter interest, we have been striving for that for several years now and while not overwhelming, the witch hazels are stars right now.
    Frances

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