As these momentous occasions occur, we take a tour of the garden in winter in the last days of 2012.
Happy New Year. Happy Birthday.
|Purple Anise, Illicium floridanum|
|Eeeeww. Star anise stinky bloom|
|Anise Sage. I'm sorry, but it doesn't smell like anise to me|
|Anise scented goldenrod|
|Witch hazel has attractive pleated leaves.|
|Hybrid 'Diane' has tiny brick red blooms.|
Really tiny. The few that bloom on my plant look stunted.
|A blooming Chinese witch hazel at the nursery.|
I know it is more mature than mine, but how many years does it take?
|My hybrid witch hazel 'Diane' in full bloom in late winter.|
Embiggen this photo and you'll see those are mostly dead leaves, not flowers.
This plant has been growing in my garden for seven years now.
|H. x intermedia 'Diane' blooming in March at the nursery.|
Unlike mine, the flowers are profuse and colorful.
|This is Hamamelis virginiana out in the meadow in November.|
It is supposed to have tiny flowers behind its fall leaves
but not so's you'd notice.
|Frick and Frack in early fall. Hamamelis x intermedia 'Diane' is on the left and a Hamamelis vernalis is on the right.|
Fall color is confused, and later in winter it gets worse.
|See? It's December and the same two witch hazels have managed to turn a hot mess into a brown wreck.|
And this goes on all winter. Snow cover does not improve the look.