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?


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.

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 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'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!

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:

DirtDigger (Tessa) said...

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