The Drama of a Crystal-Coated Garden: Mid-Winter Ice Storm Beauty …

Sunrise Through Crystalline Cornus kousa Branches

Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ Greets Daylight in an Icy Ensemble

Beyond the Kousa Dogwood, Sparkling Twigs of Viburnum x burkwoodii ‘Mohawk’ Gleam Against the Still-Dark Hillside

Sunrise moments after an ice storm are always beautiful here on my Vermont hilltop. But the subtle drama of the storm itself —freezing rain, fog and mist— are equally compelling; pulling me like a siren song from the cozy warmth of my studio. And although it took an effort to walk through the garden pathways in such slippery conditions, the surprises I found round each and every corner made the chilly, wet excursion more than worthwhile …

Yesterday Afternoon at Twilight: The same Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’) with a Very Different Look

The Berries of Tea Viburnum (V. setigerum) Dangle Like Exquisite, Ruby-Encrusted Jewels from Chilly Ear Lobes

Icy Globe: Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’

Fanciful, Fridgid Ferns, Rise From Frozen Ground: Ostrich Fern (Mattecuccia pensylvanica)

The Beauty of Glazed, Variegated Daphne Foliage (Daphne x burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’)

In the Calm, Quiet Fog, I Can Almost Hear the Cold-Hearted Cry of this Ice-Burdened Crow (Sculpture by Virginia Wyoming)

Tempting the Tongue: Icicles on Steel Cable

Decked-Out: The Underside of the Balcony’s Steel Grid, Shimmering with Ice

Hops Vine Tangled  with Ice (Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’)

Subtle, January Light through Freezing Fog (Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’)

A Garden of Winter-Muted Colors in Ice and Fog

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8 Replies to “The Drama of a Crystal-Coated Garden: Mid-Winter Ice Storm Beauty …”

  1. Deb Weyrich-Cody

    “…Can Almost Hear the Cold-Hearted Cry of this Ice-Burdened Crow.”
    Well, that answers that question: whether you bring him/them in for the winter, that is.
    Much as I love the crystalline beauty of an ice-wrapped landscape, I HATE dealing with the aftermath…
    Speaking of which, have you heard any word on how much longer this bizarre “winter” weather is going to last? xo D

  2. Anne

    Your photos are absolutely breathtaking. I’m in awe of your gardens as well as your photography. Thanks for sharing your talents.

  3. Michaela

    Dear Petra, Elin, Deb, Cindy, Nancy, Susan and Anne – Thank you so much for the wonderful comments and feedback. I’ve been struggling with yet another winter illness, and I apologize for my slow response. Funny how a gal can go ten years without so much as a sniffle, and then be laid low for an entire season! I appreciate that you are still here with me, sending along sweet words of encouragement … xo Michaela

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