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Ice as Garden Art in the Landscape January 26, 2012

Recently our La Nina winter proved its muscle in a move that took many of us by surprise. We went from utterly spring weather with the landscape feeling as if it is about to burst to life, to snow, power outages, an amazing ice storm that no one saw coming and then a wind storm.

Below is a sampling of some of the best images I captured over the three-day period. There are a few neat before and after shots so you can see the morphing of the landscape the way I did. I saw the ice as such beautiful nature made art. I hope you enjoy these shots as much as I had fun getting them!

Gold Ilex Crenata

 

One of the many ponds in my neighborhood the day of the ice storm.

 

The same pond the day after the ice storm.

 

Viburnum Davidii

 

'Thunderhead' Pine

 

Red Twig Dogwood

 

Blue Oat Grass

 

Miscanthus Sinensis 'Morning Light'

 

Gold Variegated Yucca

 

Euphorbia 'Glacier Blue' the day before the ice storm

 

Same Euphorbia 'Glacier Blue' the day of the ice storm

 

Heuchera 'Purple Ruffles' in a bronze container

 

Gold glass art with bird in front of a 'Gold Thread' Cypress

If you saw the garden today, with a few exceptions, it’s as if the whole storm never happened. Isn’t Mother Nature grand? :-)

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16 Responses to “Ice as Garden Art in the Landscape”

  1. Amazing what ice does and how it creates these ice sculptures on its own. Your photos are beautiful…hope the ice did not damage anything. We had a couple of ice storms recently, and I was very relieved to find that all the plants withstood it very well. I did, however, find the ice-covered landscape a magical one.

  2. Even though it’s horrifying to see the ice covering everything after a storm like the one you had, it’s still pretty magical… especially when it provides amazing insulation to the plants. Thanks for letting us see your surroundings through your lens.

  3. Deirdre Says:

    As beautiful as frozen rain is, I’m glad it missed me.

  4. Kathy Tracey Says:

    Fascinating images, although I hope there was little damage resulting. Thanks for sharing

  5. The photos are beautiful….thank
    you for sharing. Maudie

  6. personalgardencoach Says:

    Thanks to everyone for taking a peek through my lens during this icy winter week! I’m glad that you enjoyed my pics as much as I enjoyed taking them. :-)

  7. landseinde Says:

    What a nice pictures of your beautifull frozen garden! So nice to see!
    Here in our country (The Netherlands/Belgium) the frost is never so hard but tomorrow a periode of frost is coming over our country’s.
    greetings, Marleen

  8. Love this blog, these photos are stunning, thanks for sharing PGC!!

  9. Meta Says:

    Fantastic pictures.

  10. Billy Says:

    Hi There Personalgardencoach,
    Neat Post, Walking through a garden, small or large, one may stumble upon a strategically placed piece of metal garden art. Puzzled at first, we are drawn closer to observe and to our surprise we discover that those are not ducks in the pond but bronze feet appearing to walk across the water!
    Cheerio


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