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LorettaNJ
Dec 17, 2011 9:26 AM CST
A couple of years ago, I visited Rarefind Nursery during their March witch hazel openhouse. I had made this slide show at the time. Anyone interested in comparing one flower to another might enjoy it. I hope it's Ok to link to photobucket. It would take a lot of time to upload all these photos.

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v413/februarysept/trees/wi...

With the nice weather this week, I already noticed some color showing on my witch hazel, Diane.
ImageNJBob
Jan 12, 2012 11:51 AM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J.
Don;t know how I missed this ,very nice thanks for sharing. Waiting for mine to open looks like it might open early this year.
LorettaNJ
Jan 12, 2012 4:09 PM CST
Your a little behind me. I'm in Pequannock but my flowering quince have color showing, the winter jasmine is blooming, h. foetidus is blooming and the other hellebore have buds in color. Also, Ogon spirea has been sporadically blooming all season.
ImageNJBob
Jan 12, 2012 8:37 PM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J.
Wow what a difference , really not that far away. My Hellebore usually bud and flower in March , I guess it is the elevation. I do not have the other plants you have. Where do you purchase your Hellebore? I get most of mine from Well Sweep Herb Farm.
ImageDaylilyDiva219
Jan 12, 2012 10:36 PM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
LorettaNJ wrote:A couple of years ago, I visited Rarefind Nursery during their March witch hazel openhouse. I had made this slide show at the time. Anyone interested in comparing one flower to another might enjoy it. I hope it's Ok to link to photobucket. It would take a lot of time to upload all these photos.

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v413/februarysept/trees/wi...

With the nice weather this week, I already noticed some color showing on my witch hazel, Diane.


Yes, Loretta, it's absolutely fine to link to another site to share your photos! Thumbs up I look forward to seeing them. My gardening/traveling friend and I have been very impressed with the ones at Longwood Gardens when we stop there in March - such a variety of different colors! Thanks for the link.

Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett
LorettaNJ
Jan 13, 2012 5:00 PM CST
Bob, same here. The first hybrid type blooms in March and after. I haven't gotten any hellebores from Well Sweep but I look. I've gotten from Atlock, Fairfield Gardens, Heronswood/ Fordhook Farms openhouse, from seed, from Pine Knot coop and winter gem coop. I've started many from seed but have had bad luck with their survival. My largest plant is a seedling and is finally setting bud after I don't know how many years. It is either a seedling from Elizabethtown from when they first became known on Garden Web or from Tim who use to have a hellebore nursery in England and generously offered me some and that was the following year. That has to be more than 5 years?

This is Bridal Queen from Atlock. It has filled in a lot since this picture and really bloomed well last year. My camera was broken so I didn't get any pics. But if they still have some, I would snatch it up.
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Barb, you don't grow Witchhazel? I highly recommend them, especially a fragrant variety. They perfume the yard and last a long time. I grow Diane and Arnold Promise, both from Fairweather Garden. I wish I had room for more.



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ImageDaylilyDiva219
Jan 13, 2012 5:11 PM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
Loretta, I've got lots of Hellebores, but no Witch hazel, mostly due to space. Sad Isn't it mostly a large shrub or small tree? The ones we saw at Longwood were small trees.
Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett
LorettaNJ
Jan 13, 2012 6:22 PM CST
Yes but mine have been shrub-like for many years. They grow slow. However, they spread out and you can't walk under them so they are hard to fit. I just stuffed my two in there but I know what you mean.
ImageNJBob
Jan 15, 2012 9:48 AM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J.
My Witch Hazel grows shrub-like , but I have no idea what variety it is was supposed to be yellow but gets small rust colored flowers.

Loretta out of places mentioned the only one I've dealt with is Fairfield Gardens. They have good sales on trees and shrubs in the Fall.If you have never been to Well Sweep you should try sometime when you are up in that area they have gardens set up and tables so you can bring lunch with you. If you do shade gardens they have a great selection of plants.
I thought Rare-Find and Atlock were pretty far away , am i wrong?
LorettaNJ
Jan 15, 2012 8:37 PM CST
I've been to Well Sweep several times and even took a fairy class there with a friend who does fairy classes for children. That was different and fun. I'll have to think about what I have in the garden from them.
RareFind and Atlock are a ride. Rarefind is not far from Great Adventure but they have a fantastic selection of plants and wonderful grounds. The best time to go is when the rhodies and azaleas are blooming. The plants can be small and a little pricey but you won't find some of them anywhere else unless you mail order, including Fairweather Gardens which is also a fun day trip.
Atlock is a little closer and for me, probably just as far as Well Sweep. They also can be a little pricey depending on what you get but everything is presented beautifully and I love walking around there. I also like going there for coleus, begonias, heirloom tomatoes if I don't start them myself. I've found a few plants I was looking for there that no one else carries locally. One year I found a pot full of seedlings marked Ashwood seedlings. I thought this can't be for sale. Must be a stock plant since they are intermingled. Turns out is was and I didn't find it again. Stupid me for putting it down.
If you go to Atlock, you have to also visit Ambleside Nursery in Hillsbourough
http://www.amblesidegardens.com/
I was given a heads up on that one on GW years ago. They have fantastic stock and unlike Atlock, they have true sales. All those little rock plants and alpine plants that Atlock sells is a little cheaper at Ambleside. It looks like a typical nursery from the street but it goes far back. They have a wonderful selection of well grown ornamental trees.
ImageNJBob
Jan 16, 2012 8:18 AM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J.
Sounds like you really get around to the garden centers. Most of the ones I go to are to the west and up in NY , but in the past couple of years a few have gone out of business. If I head down south I will keep the places you mentioned in mind. I did a mail order from Rare-Find a few years ago and they did send nice plants. Do you ever go to Max is Back on 23 , prices are a bit high but in the fall they have some really good sales and nice sized plants.
LorettaNJ
Jan 16, 2012 3:33 PM CST
Yup, I like Max is Back - especially in the fall. I got a couple of things from them this year, things I thought I would have to mail order - Sambucus nigra 'Pulverulenta which I has lost to saw fly and the iris on one of heronswood's catalog - Ruffle Dimitry. The elderberry I had gotten years ago from Windsong Nursery in PA that had gone out of business.

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