Old Faithful

Some plants open their flowers in response to the weather; others depend on day length. And while many witch hazels seem to bloom in the first mild spell of winter, mine always waits until the second week of January, regardless of the weather. I planted Hamamelis mollis ‘Pallida’ nearly thirty years ago ( it has now migrated to H. […]

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Remember Rosemary

Every year, on the first day of January, I look to see what is in flower in the garden. This can vary enormously due to the weather in the previous two months. A mild autumn can trigger bulbs into bloom early while cold conditions hold everything back and discourages winter flowering jasminum nudiflorum  or iris unguicularis. But […]

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