November 26, 2008

Witch Hazel




(Hamamelis virginiana)

It's Thanksgiving tomorrow, and there's a witch hazel still in bloom in St. Paul, MN. I didn't know how long they bloom here in zone 4, but usually by this date, everything has frozen, so I wouldn't expect to see this.



So, if witch hazel blooms in the cold fall, what pollinates it?

8 comments:

themanicgardener said...

Good question. Wind? That's what pollinates most tomatoes, after all. Depends on whether the flower contains both male and female parts, I guess. If you find out, tell us.
--Kate

Neza said...

Well, I found this: "American witch hazel is pollinated by moths and insects not normally considered pollinators, such as gnats, wasps, and flies, are able to carry pollen between witch hazel blooms at a time when bees and butterflies are unavailable. But because insect visitors can be scarce late in the fall, the flowers are capable of self-pollination".

GardenJoy4Me said...

Neza .. Emma loves your music here .. she took off like a bat out of hell ! LOL
Witch Hazel .. is such an interesting tree .. I would like to have one too.
Funny how we don't think of the "other" insects as pollinaters too !

Patsi said...

Sorry but I enjoy quietly reading and viewing blogs...so the VOLUME was turned down before I clicked on your blog. I hear enough Rock every night.
Beautiful work. Very creative photos. Love your header.

rochelle at sudio g said...

No idea what pollinates which hazel...not why I am responding...this is my first time to your blog...and I am intrigued...I just (in the middle of yoga class) last night decided I need to come up with a play list for gardening for my blog...and then I find you today...it's a sign... I am taking it all in and feeling very inspired.

Aerie-el said...

Witch hazel trees are one of my absolute favorites!
Your blog rocks!
~Aerie-el

Anonymous said...

yes, I think the witch-hazel is good at pore convergence, so as Calendula. and I like Jurlique Calendula Cream very much. I have written something about them, you can read it:
http://www.lady26.com/2008/12/calendulawitch-hazel-the-star-of-pore-convergence/

DirtDigger (Tessa) said...

Your blog is fabulous! Stunning pics. I think I may have to do some more research on Witch Hazel :)