Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Surviving the Ice Storm

When we returned from our tropical adventure in Costa Rico, our flights were delayed because of the severity of the ice storm in Dallas, TX.

When we did get in, it was nighttime, so I was unable to see what my yard looked like.

The next day, however, revealed some real ice, snow and frost damage.

I have been monitoring the effects as the ice has melted with slowing rising temperatures.

One first-year fruit tree whose low branches were inverted, suddenly recovered its form and the branches are pointing upward once again.

Another first-year fruit tree had almost all of its leaves frost-bitten.  But a few were not, and I will watch to see how it rebounds as spring begins in several more months.

A bird bath which was full of ice broke in half.

Many perennials were untouched.  A few species were hit hard, but they always retreat during winter and return vigorously the next season.

It will be interesting to see the longer term seasonal effects on my native plant and perennials yard.

© 2013 Kathryn Hardage