…but who can resist snapping photos in the snow? Not me.
We’re not shovelers, so this was what our front steps looked like this morning.
Our mission was to knock the snow off the evergreens before the freezing rain hits. So far, it’s been a dry, light snow, but even so the branches were weighted down with it. We were afraid that an ice storm would result in broken branches. Apparently there are two schools of thought on this. Do you think we did the right thing?
Usually, Cupressius macrocarpus ‘Citrodora’ holds her branches reaching upward. Here, she’s bowing under the weight of our ten inches of snow.
It was a joint effort, with all the trees that we have. Here’s Richard, doing his part to liberate ‘Citradora’
Delusional Drive looks pretty good in costume, don’t you think?
I was complaining about Hamemelis ‘Diane’ having stubby petals. I guess I was just being impatient. They elongated over time, to give us a bright spot in all the white.
The lavender walk is nearly buried, but at least it shows us where the path is to the studio.
Buds about to burst on the Enkianthus were in for a surprise. Think they’ll make it?
Looking to the future, or dreaming of things past?
Does this not look like something out of ‘Game of Thrones’? The snow is up nearly to the rim of the big green pot holding Yucca aloifolia ‘Spanish Bayonet’.
There’s something not quite right about Eucalyptus in the snow, but it sure is purty.
The Bonnie Lassie said it best when she described the snow as bringing out a graphic quality in some plants. It surely does so with Rhododendrun ‘Seaview Sunset’
I can almost hear Euphorbia wulfenii muttering “shiver me timbers”.
Now here’s the view out the front…
and out the back
Right now, the snow is turning to freezing rain. I can remember a number of “silver thaws” in years past. Deadly…but absolutely beautiful. Hope my gloves dry out in time so I can bore you with even more photos.
That yucca looks so cool! I love snow photos, so snap away!
Love the shot of the snow on the Yucca, and the star-shaped leaves of the Rhodie. You guys are getting so hammered. It has been slowly creeping up toward us all day, and just started snowing heavily about an hour ago. I think it’s best to knock snow off branches. I hope nothing breaks under the weight of ice.
Heather~Some stuff looks pretty otherworldly.
Alison~We’re holed up and enjoying the beauty, but HORRORS! We’re out of wine. This. Must. End. Soon!
Well, it IS purty, even if it’s an annoyance to have to deal with it. Is that normal for your area?
Sarah~It was actually fun being out there battling the elements. We get these kinds of events, on average, every 8 – 10 years, so we’re no experts in dealing with it.
Beautiful winter images ricki – Alison certainly did get it right. I’d be inclined to knock all the snow off too. It would be a shame if those mature trees were damaged.
I won’t mind looking at more of those images – get those gloves somewhere warm so they dry quicker 😉
Angie~We haven’t gotten to the really gnarly part yet. Hoping the whole ice storm thing is a false alarm.
It’s so beautiful when it snows and doubly so here because we don’t get that kind of snow very often. I’m with the others on knocking the snow off! Hope you didn’t get any damage from the ice storm!
Peter~A couple of snapped off pine branches is the extent of the damage so far…fingers crossed.
Haven’t we all had just about snow…but wait…it is so beautiful though! Thank you for sharing these winter photos. While the snow is enough after a while I cannot resist photographing it either. Your trees seem to look OK. I also have snow way up on my large Western Arborvitae that I am waiting to melt and now they are saying more of it for later this week!
Lee~I think we’ve gotten past the worst of it and now I am ready for the big thaw. We finally made it out of the driveway today, so things are on their way back to normal.
Lovely photos! Gosh, I generally don’t bother knocking off the snow, but we so rarely get ice on top of snow. Usually it’s the other way around. But we might be facing it next week. Our temps are moderating. Yippeee!!! (Careful getting around on the ice!)
Beth~We didn’t get the ice storm we were warned about, but better safe than sorry. 40 degrees feels downright balmy today.
Same planet, different worlds. Hope you don’t get too much ice damage.
Hoov~Even in the same town, different worlds. We dodged the ice out here, but some Portlanders got great ice shots.
I’m glad you did it! Photos are incredible, thanks for sharing 🙂
Thawed out yet? Thank god. No more of this please!
Hi Ricki! I hope the snow has melted. Together with other plants, Euphorbia always surprises me: it looks almost dead, but manages to jump back very fast.
Tamara~Mostly gone…dreaming of spring.
Tatyana~It’s looking better already.
Your Yucca reminds me of a pointy R2 D2. Mother Nature has a sense of humor, doesn’t she? The snow is beautiful, that’s for sure. We’re not “shovelers” at my house either. 🙂
Grace~Sometimes we have to pretty tough to see the humor, but yes…I sense her laughing at us often.