Isn't there one step from beauty to ugliness? But stop! Why do I call it ugliness?
After the temperature went up on Thursday January 19th, our snow turned to ice.
Having similar, and even worse previous experiences when we lived in the Midwest, helped to cope with the icy situation. Winter is not a disaster, it's a season with its own features. It's us, people, who assign those features to categories good and bad. An icy storm might be bad for us, but it's a part of nature.
Plants are stronger than we often think. Putting aside hybrids, most of the plants are strong and resilent enough to deal with winter conditions. It's us, gardeners, who experiment with border plants. So, if some plants freeze, it's a part of our experiment, but not the fault of winter.
Now, some pictures.
This is my tree peony. Last year, It didn't bloom since March cold froze its buds. I'd prefer an earlier January freeze.
Japanese maple in front of the house. Climate in its native Japan is challenging also, so it is prepared for severe winters.
Before the ice:
During the icy time:
Astilbe is beautiful.
Japanese forest grass before:
Doesn't it look like a hierogliph?
This is our new Japanese maple planted last summer.
Here, it's covered by light fluffy snow:
Here comes the ice:
Joe Pye Weed heads look like snowflakes on their tall legs:
Ice made their stems to bend. I thought they will break. But, they stand straight again after the ice melts!
Burning bush is adorable:
Usually, I was able to walk straight under this limb.
Not now, when the heavy snow bent it to the ground:
Grasses are irreplacable in winter as well as in summer!
Carex before the ice came:
And after. The snow crust was pretty thick!
Sedum. I'm so glad I didn't cut it down:
Sedum with ice:
Alder along the road:
Love the raspberry color inside the icy case:
Me and doggy:
This is Hebe 'Tricolor'. Will I blame the winter if it freezes? Nope! It's suitable for zone 9b. Our zone is 7b.
We still have snow - crusty and heavy. But, the garden plants look good. It was time when my privet and escalonia hedge looked horrible. I helped them a bit by shaking ice lightly from underneath. Well, now they look like nothing happened.
I hope your gardens are doing well!
***Copyright 2012 TatyanaS