We had about a foot of snow melt the other day when it rained overnight and was warm (50) all day. When I looked out my kitchen window around 5pm, I saw part of one branch of my witch hazel peeking out from the snow – it was arched over with the about a foot of the tip underneath. I guess the last snowstorm was heavy enough to weigh the branches over. I put on my snow boots, held my breath and ventured into the 2 feet of snow left to see if I could carefully uncover some branches hoping they had not been broken when my husband was trekking along my garden path to roof rake per my last post.
It was a miracle really, because except for one smaller branch that was partially broken (I wrapped it to see what happens), I uncovered the whole plant. As soon as I released the branches gently from the snow, they popped right up and I had myself a beautiful vase-shaped witch hazel again!
The next time it pops, it will be the flowers which have an amazing scent. And we will still have snow which will be a nice backdrop.