We have had this peculiar Hamamelis intermedia-Pallida for two years now
I can hear you from here saying, (that’s not pallida). In December the flowers do show the pale yellow colour typical of Pallida. Look at it now in Late January.
Before placing the pot in this sheltered area of the patio it was in a position where it caught the worst of the severe cold winds which we get heree.
In both of the Winter seasons which we have had Pallida, the flowers have turned brown, last Winter they just shrivelled. This year in the patio the shrub actually looks good. Myra is thinking the plant had the wrong label and is, in fact, Hamamelis Jelena.
I can see why she thinks it may be Jelena. The flowers aren’t a dead shriveled looking shade of brown, In fact, it is healthy looking and the flowers do indeed look like those on Jelena.
I am convinced that this is indeed is the yellow flowering Pallida which made a bold attempt at recovery but ended up with copper flowers due to the cold wind whilst the blooms were in the early stage of development.
For the next Winter season, I will place it in this sheltered area before the flowers start to develop.
Odds and ends in the January garden
The common snowdrop nivalis, is just starting to show a little colour. Its March before it reaches its very best in our Northern garden.
All the Daffodils are showing, this one even has a bud.
The Corydalis-blue-line has really surprised me with leaves in late January as fresh as they were in Summer.
Here we have a few Polyanthus which have flowered non – stop Autumn and Winter.
This Primula has also been annxious to flower, it does look even better in Spring.