Tanka — Witch Hazels’ Spring Gathering

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Ten Hazels draw close
in a loose circle, waiting
for moonlight’s soft spell;
silver bark sprouts white tendrils
who search for kin in the dark.

I ordered ten witch hazel bare root shrubs over a month ago as part of a fundraiser annual plant sale for the local conservation club.  I picked them up on 4/23 but they’ve been sitting there until today.  The pressure was on to plant before they leafed or dried out and died.  I scoped out possible locations in the yard today but just didn’t have the oomph to take on the project.  Light bulb went off, why not just plant them in pots now and plant them in the Fall when they go dormant or just plant them next Spring.  I already had the containers and a whole big bag of good dirt in the garage.  Easy peasy.  They are now inside but in the sun and will go out after danger of frost.  Good day to plant them also because Mother’s Day is an easy reminder of when they were planted.

This is what they will look like once they grow up:

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Learn more about the witch hazel plant here.

Learn more about the medicinal properties of witch hazel here.

21 Comments Add yours

  1. SelmaMartin says:

    Lovely project you have going. I bet those babies will dazzle you when they grow up. Was surprised at “danger of frost”
    — woh, the temp is still not settled then. I’m sending you some sun, for you and those babies. xoxo

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Selma, thank you, and yes I’m geeked up about the project. Usually last frost is Mother’s Day, which was yesterday, but I’m always on my guard for late frost as I’ve been caught a few times by it. Thanks for the sun-send ❤

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  2. how cool, Lisa 😀

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  3. Sadje says:

    A hands-on project

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  4. Badfinger (Max) says:

    I’ve heard the name but never have seen them before.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It may take them a few years to get to the blooming stage, but I’m throwing a party on the day they do.

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      1. Badfinger (Max) says:

        It’s a lot of work that goes into all of that. I bought Jennifer what I thought was a snowball bush… well it wasn’t…it is a Japanese Miniture Snowball Bush and it took a couple or three years for us to find out…it wasn’t a regular snowball bush lol.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Wow I didn’t know there were Japanese Miniature Snowball Bushes. My grandma had a full sized one in the front yard, and when we bought her house, then we had one in our front yard. I still miss that old place. We never should have moved from it 😦

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          1. Badfinger (Max) says:

            We still want one…they are not easy to find…the regular ones…Oh I got scolded by my mom one year…I had my baseball bat and saw our snowball bush…you can figure it out from there lol….they were snowballs no more.

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            1. msjadeli says:

              Oh No! I bet your mom scolded you good for that one. I can see where they do look like baseballs 🙂

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  5. w3ow… stunning ! love these Lisa!💖👏

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Cindy! I’m geeked about it. Have been wanting to grow some for many moons, and I when I saw the local conservation district were selling them this year, I said YES.

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      1. You should be Lisa… it really is something else! 💖👏

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  6. Looks great – so when does frost end round your ways?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Peter. The unofficial date is Mother’s Day (yesterday this year) but I’ve gotten caught a few times by depending on that date, so I just keep my eye on things…

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  7. memadtwo says:

    I repotted some plants this weekend–they badly needed it. Must be the spring light urging us on. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Happy to hear it, Kerfe, and I think you’re right. It’s 80 degrees here today and full sun. Life is good.

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