This witchhazel, Hamamelis pallida, is a blaze of glory at the moment. I bought it some years ago, and I remember wondering if it was actually two plants. There were, and are, two distinct seperate stems. I didn't have the courage to try to seperate them, though. Time went by, and it started to flower. One stem always comes out in early December, and finishes before Christmas. The other stem blossoms from mid-January. This year the second flush did not start until February, but have opened all at once.
I have been thinking of going up to Shaftesbury, to Cann Mill, to get some superior bread flour. I rang Jen, to see if she would like me to collect some for her. We decided that she would come with me. So, on Friday, off we went. The drive was very straightforward, and we made good time. We met young Mr.Stoate, who is the fifth generation of his family to be a Miller.
Jen has been using Stoates flour since the early '70s, and I started using it about 1978. We had both fallen off, over the last two or three years, as it was getting difficult to source. A recent chance reminder of it, made us both wonder why we use anything else, hence the trip.
The flour is very fresh smelling, and very silky to handle. As soon as I got home, it was out with the baking kit. Pizza for supper, and Barley -meal and white flour bread for Saturday lunch. Both recipies from Elizabeth David's 'Bread and Yeast Cookery'.
It was worth every mile.