Winter Flowering Witch Hazel

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The most noticeable shrub this month is the winter flowering witch hazel – Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’. Last summer I had to prune it for the first time as it had too many stems rubbing against each other. Hopefully it will now have a good framework and that I’ll not have to prune it for another 10 years.
The stretch in the daylight hours is much more noticeable. Likewise there are a few more flowers in this winter garden.The weather since Decembers Garden Bloggers Bloom Day has been very windy and wet. In fact it’s only been in the last few days that we’ve had a touch of frost. I really hope that the plants aren’t lulled into a false sense of security as winter and all its vengeance is probably yet to come.The bulbs are breaking through the soil. Buds are appearing on some of the shrubs and some herbaceous plants are already showing signs of new growth.

Winter Flowering Witch Hazel

 winter flowering witch hazel - Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena'in January
winter flowering witch hazel ribbons
winter flowering witch hazel
winter flowering witch hazel Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’
winter flowering witch hazel
Unfurling witch-hazel bloom

Other Winter Flowers

More and more little primroses and polyanthus are opening their buds. Along with the first clusters of blooms from the Pulmonaria angustifolia  ‘Rubra’.

winter lenten rose January flower Helleborus x hybidus
Helleborus x hybidus – photo taken 14th Jan 

The Lenten roses are flowering along with the first of the Cyclamen coum flowers.

Cyclamen coum flower in January winter garden
Cyclamen coum  – photo taken 14th Jan

There’s not really that much else different from Garden Bloggers Bloom Day January 2013 except that the Hamamelis ‘Diane’ was in flower back then.

There’s also not much change to the view from above of the garden this month compared to last month. If you’d like to see how the garden has developed from the time that it was just a new building plot then click on my new page: The Leavesnbloom Garden.


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43 Responses


    Lovely shots of Hamamelis Jelena. It is always the first to flower in my garden along with Vesna. That is a gorgeous Helleborus, what a lovely plant. You take amazing photos.. Nice to find your blog.

  2. Bernie H

    Your close-ups of the Witch Hazel flowers shows just how fascinating they are. Truly lovely. It looks like little signs of Spring are starting to appear.

  3. ann

    Hi Rosie. You are the second blogger to show witch hazel, the other in Holland. I am wondering if it would grow on the Plains of Colorado? I love your photography and would love to have your print on my iPhone 5c, but it is not available. The side buttons are a little different than the 5.

    • Rosie Nixon

      I'm not so sure if the chinese form could cope with very hot summers Ann. You can grow the US native witch hazel but it flowers before Christmas.

  4. Lea

    Love the Lenten Rose – such a beautiful color!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

  5. Angie

    Wonderful, it was your Jelena that inspired me to purchase mine Rosie. She is beautiful isn't she? Winter hasn't been too bad thus far, has it – I wonder are you like me an waiting for the worst! Happy Bloom Day 🙂

    • Rosie Nixon

      So glad that you took my word for it Angie – mine's looking great here at the moment too. I'm waiting for the Perthshire winter to arrive in February!


    I absolutely adore witch hazel, and Jelena is one I would have loved to have in my garden – but at mature height and width of 3 m there is no way I can fit it in my tiny garden so I just have to enjoy your beautiful photos instead. My hellebores are flowering too, although I have placed some in complete shade and some in more or less sun to extend the flowering season so some are just tiny buds still. Fingers crossed the relatively mild weather will keep on, happy GBBD!

    • Rosie Nixon

      Helene you have so many things still in bloom in your garden that make up for not having a witch hazel. Thanks for the visit.

  7. Kalantikan

    Hi Rosie, so you posted also those shots in the blog, i haven't visited here for sometime. GBBD is really a reunion of familiar names and friends. Those witch hazels are always spectacular, already know it even if i still haven't seen the real thing.

  8. Millymollymandy

    Very lovely! Your hellebores are ahead of mine. I just noticed the new stems and buds appearing the other day so have been clearing away the old leaves. It's so nice to have something in bloom in January!

    • Rosie Nixon

      Many thanks Mandy – I've got my template sorted and the blog is much quicker to load. I also got the comments fixed but I'm not so sure if you'll get notification as it wasn't working properly last week.

  9. Anna

    Oh so fascinating to observe 'Jelena' at such close quarters Rose. Your hellebore is ahead of any of mine. Can't help feeling that there will be a sting in the tail weather wise. Let's hope some proper winter weather comes sooner than later before the flowers and birds have time to get really confused.

    • Rosie Nixon

      I was really shocked to see how far on my spring bulbs were this weekend Anna and today we've had some sleet. Thanks for the visit.

  10. Pam's English Garden

    How lovely that you have blooms in January, Rosie. Nothing here yet and the deer have pruned my new witch hazel. I knew I should have put wire mesh around it. Thank you for the helpful comment you left on my blog! P. x

    • Rosie Nixon

      Oh Alistair I'm sure there will be so many plants that you'll miss – hopefully your new garden will have the room for one once you get that extension built. Thanks for the visit.

  11. Rosie Nixon

    Melanie even if they were hardy they'd probably be under so much snow in early spring with you. Thanks for the visit.

  12. Virgil Cowen

    I pinned this site in my tabs and finally got a moment to read. You my friend have a passion and beauty for your gardening and your photos that is only surpassed by the beauty of your spirit. The detail of the shots bring these plants alive to me on my screen and that DOF makes them shine. You my friend are a Master Gardener of the Soul. Thank you Rosie for always sharing the beauty with us