Monday, March 02, 2009

The First Tree to Flower in the Garden: Witchhazel (Arnold's Promise) Blooming in Late February/Early March in New Jersey (Zone 6b)

I've wanted a witchhazel for a few years now and, after planting my first one last spring, am now enjoying my first blooms. I planted a small specimen of Arnold's promise (the name is from Harvard's Arnold Arboretum in Massachusetts), a common and widely available witchhazel (my specimen is from Forestfarm Plant Nursery). The flowers are unique and have a strong fragrance. In addition, they get bonus points for blooming while the rest of the garden is still asleep. The picture was taken this weekend before today's heavy snow.

10 comments:

Janet said...

There is something nice about the witchhazel. I love that fragrance!

Ewa said...

They are so lovely if thriving in the garden. Placed agaist the sun direction makes it possible to get out most of their beauties.
Somehow it did't want to grow in my garden.

Gardeness said...

Aren't they great? I planted one in our property line garden last year and it just started blooming. I may have to add one (two?) more around the yeard.

GardenJoy4Me said...

All of you gardeners that have witch hazel are pushing me towards getting one myself .. now how the heck am I going to squeez it in ?? LOL
Very pretty first blooming tree !

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Witch Hazels are just so wonderful during every season, but when they bloom - sublime.

inadvertent farmer said...

Witch Hazel blooms are so unique, I just love them for that...and of course their super early heralding of spring.! Kim

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Very pretty blooms and in the color of spring, yellow. Very nice.

Take Care

Tyra

musicats said...

I have a Jelena--it has a copper colored flower and only one teeny tiny blossom on it--but lovely. I think they need an acidic soil and that my be why I don't have many squigglys. It is also against my white garage so it doesn't show up very good. It is however lovely thru the summer and beautiful in the fall--golden.

themanicgardener said...

I'm doubling a message I left you over at Blotanical, letting you know that this post got included in my curmudgeonly complaint about how far we are from spring in Bozeman, Montana. (But I do enjoy your new flowers, vicariously.)
--Kate

notsocrafty.com said...

I've never seen witchhazel, such interesting shapes.

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