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I am afraid that beyond the Philadelphia Flower Show, flower and garden shows in the US have degraded into home improvement shows. There are very few gardens or plants, but plenty of window and vinyl siding vendors. But you must understand that we have never had a deep rooted gardening culture like have in the UK. Gardening is not seen as an art form here, but more like hard work; it's a shame but true. About 7-10% of us are serious gardeners and we have another 30% who are casual gardeners - that mow the yard or plant annuals. Americans do appreciate and value landscaping around the home, so long as it is low maintenance and includes a deck or patio for entertainment.
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I was fortunate to have visited Jelena De Belder's Hemelrijk estate in Belgium. Her and her husband were the ones that developed the cultivars 'Jelena' and 'Diana' as well as others. We were there at the height of witch hazel bloom and it was magical. Yellow, gold, orange, red and even purple blooms and a heaven scent fragrance in the air. It is easy to drink the cool-aid when you have such an experience. However, while the plant can be spectacular, I seen only a few really good flower displays in the Mid-west. There are several reasons for this: 1) The most spectacular cultivars tend to be less hardy 2) they tend to grow and flower much better in coastal maritime climates that have a long, moderate spring and 3) who the hell in the Mid-west is out in their garden in February to see or enjoy the floral display. If you live in the right climate and have room in your garden, go for it - Hamamelis can be spectacular and a most welcome sign of spring. Rare Find Nursery has one of the best selection of Hamamelis cultivars.
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2011 on Drinking the Witch Hazel Kool-Aid at Garden Rant
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