WE're just emerging from December's dump(s) of snow(s), pretty unusual in this neck of the woods. Until yesterday I was wondering how my daphne had fared, having been under the driveway's "shovellings". (Where do you in the East shovel your driveway snow onto? Or do you just make sure all your shrubs are bound up before the snow flies??) Today I went out and started to unsnow it, to find that every branch was broken off right at its source. I can't imagine it recovering at all. But is it possible to try to root some of these branches? REading about softwood cuttings, it's not exactly the right time to be doing it, but there isn't really any option here-- it's do it now or not at all. (They are all covered with cold-damaged brown leaves, but little green shoots or flower buds are visible all along the length of the branches.)
I'm suspecting that the new smoke bush and the new pieris at the other end of the garden, also next to the driveway, will have suffered the same fate, so if I can propagate them all instead of buying new, I'll be satisfied.
Thanks a bunch, hoping for good news...