The freezing rain started early this a.m. and continues to fall. The trees are making odd hollow clacking sounds as the branches brush up against each other. Much better than sickening crack, crunch and crash when there's just too much weight to carry. Lucky for us, the power is still on, the house is warm and I'm thinking it's going to be time for another pot of coffee very soon.
There have been abundant signs of spring: We've had some very spring-like weather; visited Canada Blooms; and this weekend is Easter. Everything pointed to the fact that spring was here today except for the weather that is very wintery.
Under the category of "I am old enough and have gardened long enough to know better", I picked up this wonderful Hellebore Pink Frost at Canada Blooms. (Problems again with iPhoto and Blogger - apologies for having to turn neck sideways.) Isn't it beautiful?
Now that's a good plant! It looks equally as lovely in its professional photo as it does sitting on my deck in my photo.
At least it did. Yes, like a fool I left it out on one of those -10C nights. And the next morning, oh my, not so good. Brought it in. Tied it up gently, trying to convince it to revive itself, and fortunately for me, about 75% of it seems to be fine. I have apologized and promised to keep it in a choice spot on the kitchen counter until Spring on the calendar matches the weather completely.
Ice photos are so much prettier with good light. Unfortunately it looks as if we're going straight from freezing rain to rain and then clouds and more rain. So no sparkles here, just little bits of ice chicklettes on the Chasmanthium.
And on the mini-evergreen.
And of course on the Hamamelis. Thank goodness for just this wee bit of colour.
Fortunately this Japanese Maple is well tucked away.
I bet this Hellebore is wondering why only the new Hellebore get to go inside....
My Akebia vine:
For all of you caught in the path of the storm, may your trees stay strong, and may we be celebrating spring on both the calendar and garden very, very soon!