Monday, March 9, 2015
Breath of Fresh Air
I look forward to it every February. Bright yellow blossoms and a wonderful fragrance in the air. It's Arnold Promise, a witch hazel that fills the air with a wonderful scent. This year Arnold was a bit late in blooming, perhaps because of the lower temperatures, but now it is is full bloom.
Arnold Promise is a hybrid (Hamamelis x intermedia) witch hazel that has many things going for it. It has wonderful leaves in summer and fall and it blossoms in the dead of winter, its showy yellow blossoms sending a lovely fragrance in the air. It gives me the promise of spring every year.
One more important aspect of Arnold Promise is that the deer do not care for the taste of the shoots, leaves, or blossoms. That is a real benefit around here as the deer have made a path from our creek up the property to the road. Arnold Promise is very disease resistant as well.
It is often overlooked in the garden shops because the blooms have fallen and the plant has not leafed out by the time most nurseries open for the summer. So it looks very bare and sparse.
Few things are as pleasing as the sight of the Arnold Promise bright yellow blossoms and the scent of the wonderful witch hazel. It is indeed a breath of fresh air.