On Tuesday with barely any snow sticking to the roads, we were told of a wild and crazy snow storm to hit Seattle that night. This year dubbed "Snow-mageddon" with tongues planted firmly in cheeks we all said...ah ha sure! The schools were closed in advance and we all laughed at the overreaction...yet again!
Then to our surprise, Wednesday morning we awoke to find 6inches of soft fluffy snow! Wow, weatherman finally got it right! Off to sled and enjoy the gorgeous winter weather. Gulp! Now if that wasn't bad enough, we were then told to "brace" for the biggest ice-storm Seattle has seen in over 30yrs. What do we do? The weatherman actually was right last time, could he be two for two? No, surely not! So we return to our old-ways of disbelief and believe its another Seattle overreaction!
This time we woke to another inch of snow, so we thought. It was actually an inch and a half of ice! Weatherman was right yet again, I will never doubt again!! (well until next time) The trees were weighed down with the freezing weight that clung to every branch. My poor plants, my poor plum tree, a tree I have no problem walking under, now its limbs hang only a few inches from the ground. It is quite a site out there, I only wish I could capture the coating of ice that is over everything. So with camera in and hand and wrapped inside a plastic bag (ie, fancy waterproof technology) I was able to snap some pics. It feels like you are seeing everything with double vision.
My little helper showing just how close to the ground the plum tree branches are...yikes!
As I type this the snow is now falling once again, gone is the fun winter wonderland of snowball fights and sledding. Now its an icy freeze that has frozen my garden in time and they are predicting more...
My Jasmine seen here covered in a solid layer of ice, wishing I had of covered them in burlap!
Hedges of Dwarf Boxus and Hebees protected mainly by snow.
The unprotected parts entombed in ice-cubes or dripping with icicles.
The branches and new tiny shoots of the plum tree, as if dipped in glass!
I thought my eyes were going funny with this picture, its like seeing double vision due to the layer of ice.
Ahh sweet sweet Magnolia, frozen in time as if a curse has been placed on you!
Stay safe and warm my treasured tree! Maybe I should've brought it inside...hehe
Cascading branches of the Pussy-willow. You can see the thin branch with the added weight of the ice.
Very tentacle like.
Hydrangea in bud, crossing my fingers for this years bloom and safe longevity.
With more snow and ice in tonight's for forecast, it is now really scaring me in regards to the safety of my plants. What do I do? Is there anything I can do? What do you do when ice/snow threaten your plants with sheer weight? Do you try and shake it off? leave it alone to protect from the freeze? I am really at a loss and am "bracing" myself for the worst still to come...losing plants!!