Sunday, March 7, 2010
I have an old witch-hazel Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena' which until recently sprawled diagonally away from the fence. It was at that time about 12' high,and then about five years ago I gave it a severe pruning.
This was followed by two years when it looked terrible, new growth seemed to hang down like a weeping mulberry, but through all this it continued to bloom profusely and when the leaves filled in they hide the worst of the ugliness.
Finally, it seemed to correct itself and now has a pleasant shape and has gained some of it's height and since it is limbed up to 6' it provides cover to the shade planting at its base.
I knew it would be spectacular in bloom this year, as the leaves fell in Autumn it was clear that the branches were covered in bud, and sure enough, in the warm sunny days of this weekend the flowers have glowed in the low light of the morning and evening sun.