Icy, but not on the rocks

Last night’s snow turned to ice overnight, but fortunately, we only acquired about a quarter-inch. Enough to make everything look heavenly; not enough to cause major problems. Apart from one snapped pine tree in the neighbor’s yard, we’ve come through without incident.

If you should have a buildup of ice and snow on your garden plants, particularly on evergreens, don’t try to swat it off with a broom or shovel. You’ll only break the brittle branches or stems and have a poor-looking plant come springtime. Instead, wait until it thaws. It won’t be too long.

ice grass

icy balloons

Two icy balloons caught in the neighbor’s tree

icy grass

Ice on Joe Pye weed, Eutrochium purpureum

Ice on Joe Pye weed, Eutrochium purpureum

icy pine

icy stickerball

Two early-morning sledders

Two early-morning sledders

Frost weed, Verbesina virginica

I am giddy today. Not only is it 65 degrees outside (I opened the windows in the house!), but I have been given a packet of seeds of frost weed, Verbesina virginica, from Gail at Clay and Limestone.

I can’t wait to try these. Gail promises it is a pollinator magnet. They’ll get a spot in my under-construction white garden, and I look forward to watching them this summer and fall. But perhaps their most remarkable effects are seen after a warm winter day and a cold winter night, when they create their astonishing frost blossoms. Gail’s photos will take your breath away.

Thanks, Gail!