|Malus 'Firebird' with glazed fruits|
Somewhere between winter and spring, we have been blessed with a "fifth season"... it's more attractive than the "mud season" of the northeast, but sadly more damaging as well. One must look for the best in all things... there certainly are some diamonds in the rough throughout the gardens this morning.
|Icicles dangling from the branches of the tree lilac|
|A column serves as an exclamation point to its shimmering surroundings|
|Crystalized conifers as in the case of Picea pungens 'Montgomery'|
|The lightly tanned bark of Hepticodium miconioides contrasts nicely |
with the silvery sheen of the hanging ice
|Malus 'Mary Potter' is more sculptural than usual, supporting its glaze of ice|
There is sadness connected with an ice storm as well... the white pine that I planted forty years ago as a seedling dug from the forest will never be quite the same... doubly offended by a too heavy snow load over the winter, and now the by the weight of ice, a second pile of it's branches lie about the ground, the first having been removed only a few days ago. One must look for the bright spots however... the good news is that much more light will be available to the magnolias that surround the tree and often times trees like people, scarred by the tests they have endured, are especially beautiful in their own tempered way.
|A young Malus 'Louisa' displays the color of its bark particulary well |
with the addition of the shimmering ice
|The birch trees have it right... being able to flex under the weight of their burden of ice until the difficulty is past and they can once again stand tall|
|Another and larger Malus 'Louisa' displaying the beautiful |
color of its bark against the 'shimmer'
|My temporary water feature... a moat that is short lived but |
worthy of a childlike imagination
|One wonders how much abuse an arborvitae can withstand|
as once again they lean precariously
|Magnolia 'Rustica Rubra' braves the cold covering in preparation for its |
season of bloom that will arrive eventually