We saw this Rubus odoratus (also known as purple flowering raspberry) in mid-August a few years ago at Scampston Hall. I remember the five petalled flowers being quite large, almost rose-like, held in clusters on a sturdy, thornless shrub. Continue reading “Flower of the Day: Rubus Odoratus”
Here’s a closer look at witch hazel (Hamamelis). Ancient lore accords these flowering shrubs medicinal, cultural and even religious value, but here I’m focusing on their decorative quality. In the UK, witch hazels drop their leaves in autumn, then produce colourful flowers that are particularly welcome in the winter garden.
The flowers appear to float, held up in the air on slender stems that would otherwise go unnoticed in deciduous plantings. The rusty orange one particularly attracted me. Rich purple calyces provide a beautiful contrast, and the colour palette just seems to get better as the older petals wither. Continue reading “Witch Hazel In Winter Gardens”