Today’s photos are from Laura.
After a sudden drop in temperature, my suburban Philadelphia garden was transformed with a shimmering coating of ice. Without much forethought but with my cell phone in hand, I managed to capture the magic as mature shrubs and evergreens glistened with ice that melted away almost as quickly as it had formed.
The cultivar name of Cupressus glabra ‘Blue Ice’ (Zones 5–9) refers to the blue-gray cast to the foliage, but it is doubly appropriate in this scene.
This Ilex opaca (American holly, Zones 5–9)—along with some lights left over from the holidays—is draped with ice. Ice like this is incredibly beautiful, but it can damage some trees and shrubs with its weight. Fortunately, this holly seems to be holding up to it well.
A bird feeder is backed up by the ice-covered stems of an indigo shrub (Indigofera sp., Zones 6–9). Deciduous shrubs and trees are generally less likely to be damaged in an ice storm than those with leaves on them, and they look just as beautiful.
Nandina domestica (Zones 5–9) berries are always beautiful, but they look even brighter with an icy backdrop.
Picea abies (Norway spruce, Zones 2–7)
Pinus strobus ‘Blue Shag’ (dwarf white pine, Zones 3–8)
Long needles from a regular Pinus strobus (white pine) hang down with a layer of ice over them. The flexible branches of pine should bounce back as the ice melts away.
It is incredible to see the way every detail of the veining of cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus, Zones 6–9) leaves is preserved in the ice. It is a marvelous work of art, all the more beautiful for being so fleeting.
A Japanese umbrella pine (Sciadopitys verticillata, Zones 5–8) nods under the weight of the ice.
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Awesome photo set, Laura! Makes me feel like such a slacker for not having taken such inspiring (and handsomely composed, I might add) photographs when the early morning sun immediately starting to melt the overnight coating of ice. I took a few but the dripping trees sent me back inside. That ice that slid off the cherry laurel leaf is just amazing. Thanks for sharing!
Great photos! And you obviously have some great plant specimens. Looking forward to new photos in warmer weather 🌞. Thanks for sharing!
First, so sorry for your ice storm. They can create such damage to our plants. Trees especially. But your photos are outstanding! Thanks for sharing.
Mother nature's decoration. Beautiful photos!
Wonderful photos. It's fun to catch these magic moments.
What lovely photos!! I'm glad to see that someone else sees the beauty in inclement weather - even an ice storm - as I do. You were pretty brave or had on boots with mighty tread to venture out in that :)
Your ice covered garden photos, brings this quote to mind that you might like:
“To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.” ~George Santayana.
Beautiful - especially if it did no real damage. Reminds me of a day my husband and I were driving near our previous home in northern NJ after an ice storm - the sun was just going down and lit the ice coated branches of the tall trees like molten gold. It was magical!
The magic of an ice storm and the thoughtful artist/ gardener who took time to go out and capture the fleeting moments. Thank you for sharing your photos.
Absolutely beautiful photographs . . . I kept thinking each one was my favorite until I got to the next one!
Magnificent pictures. Your collection of conifers and evergreens must make for a lovely winter garden!
There is beauty in every season. Great pictures especially for someone with year round summer.
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