Patrick's Barn: The Hydrangea Is on Life Supportcomments (3) November 2nd, 2011 in Blogs
It was late morning Saturday, October 29, when the heavy, wet snow started falling. By about 1:00 there was enough on the ground to gather a handful into a good snowball. About an hour later, our power went off. An hour after that, we heard and saw mature trees breaking up all around us. It's Wednesday, November 2, as I write this, and we're still without power. The utility says we might have power restored by Sunday.
As the snow started falling, I was keenly aware of a long oak branch overhanging our new barn. When it started bending under the weight of the heavy snow on its fall leaves, I was sure it would hit the barn's new roof. I just happened to be staring out the window when it fell. It seemed like a miracle when, instead of dropping straight onto the roof, it stayed attached just long enough that the free end swung down like the whole branch was pivoting on a hinge. It missed the barn by about a foot, and I breathed a long sigh of relief.
In addition to several large, broken oak branches, our landscape's most notable victim was a 40- or 50-year-old hydrangea that was uprooted and toppled over. It's our landscape's best feature. Its many beautiful blooms last for months and change color as the summer turns to fall. I was quite prepared to drag the sad wreckage to the brush pile, but my wife decided it deserved better treatment. Sunday afternoon as she cleared the foliage and removed the dead and broken branches, she convinced me that we should at least try to save the plant. Thanks to her, it's back upright, and we're hoping for the best. If anybody knows of additional measures we should take to save our beloved plant, we'd love to hear your input.
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