We're now having a second mild winter so I want to start cutting and burning early. Unfortunately, we've had icy rain and continuing wet. So instead of clearing the garden, I took a few photos of the ice cover yesterday morning. Growth is thin following last fall's hurricane, but it's astonishing what visual delights remain if you have a weather surprise.
|Acer palmatum in ice with background grasses|
|Small pond brimming full with rain|
|Salix alba 'Britzensis' being trained as a pollarded specimen|
|Three large Salix sachalinensis 'Sekka' covered in ice behind grasses and bedraggled Filipendula remains|
|Marc Rosenquist's bronze amid the ruins|
|View across the desolation toward the house and new reflecting pool|
|Betula nigra 'Heritage' (River birch) beside the long garden walk|
|Salix sachalinensis 'Sekka' pruned high to show sculptural trunks|
This willow has a striking characteristic. When pruned, some stems develop a flattened, fasciated form much desirable among flower arrangers, very beautiful detailing. Here are two close-up views taken last week on my mobile phone.
Here again is the River birch, which is just beginning to develop the white, peeling bark so distinctive of this cultivar--another ornament of winter.
|River birch looking toward woodland garden|
|That Acer again|
I still hope for dry weather by Sunday, so I can begin to cut and burn.