Friday, February 4, 2011

Witch Hazel in January!



Okay...I confess. It was January in Portland...more precisely on Sauvie Island at Sean Hogan's phantasmagoria called Cistus Design Nursery. There were a dozen or more things blooming in the area: Iris 'Katherine Hodgkin' and Iris unguicularis in full force, Camellia japonica and C. forrestii, Daphne bohlua and D. odora, and time and again I would catch the bewitching fragrance of Sarcococca....But there is something about witch hazels that really captured my imagination.
That's Linda Buley, a grower in the Portland area who produces standards on witch hazels (many selections) as well as other unique plants. She's hawking her wares at Cistus: I wish I had the cash and that she had some wares in Denver: it would be wonderful to have a small, treeform witch hazel in my back yard. As it is, my 'Arnold Promise' is still in tight bud (and hope it got through the -20F of the other night OK)...
So if you live near Portland, shimmy on down to Cistus and pick one of those treasures up!

3 comments:

  1. Lovely post! There is nothing, but nothing, like that sharp, sweet-spicy scent of witch hazel on cold spring air. And Nancy's trees are simply the finest expression of a tree-form witch hazel around. Great that Cistus is carrying them!

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  2. So are these on their own roots or grafted?

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  3. You can check out more about Nancy at her Website:

    http://www.treephoria.com

    I know she would be happy to tell you details on her Hamamelis if you email her at:

    nancy@treephoria.com

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