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.
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)
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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