Last weekend the hunt was on for the elusive Witch Hazel! Beautiful January bloomers, you know you are getting close to one when you are get a whiff of a wonderful light sweet sent drifting in the cool winter air. I found a Witch Hazel in bloom in the Winter Garden section of the Government House Gardens in Victoria.
Witch Hazel leaves and bark have been used as a medicinal treatment externally on sores, bruises, and swelling for centuries. You can checkout “15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel” for more details.
The RHS has a very complete guide on growing Witch Hazel.