I chopped it to the ground when I moved in. I didn't know what it was. It was ugly and scraggly. It regrew a little and then a tree fell on it. I moved it and it was growing along the ground. So I cut it back. Finally, this year, it was starting to look so good. It had two nice branches with lots of tiny branches. There were two huge buds forming at the tips. Twelve days ago, was the last time I paid much attention to it. Ignoring plants tends to help them in my yard.
Maybe it was the wind. Maybe it was critters. I don't know. I'll be turning the whole thing into cuttings this evening after work. I've got it standing in water right now. I'm so ticked.