Our bushes arrived from Fedco this week, and today we were going to plant them. Last winter, we ordered four witch hazel bushes, five spicebushes, and two winterberries. We wanted to expand our mini-forested edges in the back and on the side, and thus we needed species that grew well in the shade of other tall trees (which these do). We hope they will enhance the privacy of our yard, and also provide food for pollinators, butterflies, and birds, as well as beautiful flowers and berries to see.
We had done some preliminary work before we ordered them, to decide where they might be planted, and today Margy and I went around to confirm the spots, to make sure each bush would have enough room when full grown. We marked them with flagging and markers. We unpacked the box of young plants and were delighted that they were more than just sticks with roots. They looked healthy, and we stored them in dampened shredded paper. The photo is our witch hazel bushes.
The land in our yard has been soggy and wet for the last week. But, when I tried to dig holes, I could only go down about five or six inches before I hit a barrier of ground frozen solid. I guess we aren’t planting these today! Still, it was in the 60s out there, and it was marvelous to just be outside in the sun–and then it was too hot, so we pulled out our shade umbrella for our patio table. We turned to other tasks in the garden, and listened to birds singing, and I dug up the old kale plants that had overwintered. Before I came in, I noticed that the holes I had dug were now filled with water. I am curious as to whether the holes I dug will thaw faster than the undug ground. We’ll see. We are expecting no freezes this week.