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:
Learn more about the witch hazel plant here.
Learn more about the medicinal properties of witch hazel here.