1 This photo was taken at 6:30 am on Sunday. The snow was heavy, wet, and weighing down all the trees and shrubs.
2 It was a beautiful sunrise, however, with so much heavy, wet snow on all the branches, there was snapping and breakage everywhere.
3 There are only some bird feeders hanging. The rest need to be filled and hung today, as the birds must be so hungry after the sudden snow.
4 Camperdown elms are hard and strong and, fortunately, no branches snapped.
5 I showed you this same scene just a few days ago with the blazing stewartia tree, when it was still autumn.
6 It looks so peaceful - It was anything but!
7 This nyssa tree in the forground did not break, but all the wisteria topiaries did, as well as many of the young apple trees along the espalier.
8 The back door steps were quite frozen.
9 The massive ornamental boxwood shrubs were splayed almost flat!
10 As you can see, the big boxwoods and the yellow privet were badly flattened.
11 This part of the garden was the worst. The yellow rain trees split in half and the yellow magnolia grove broke into many pieces.
12 Snap, snap, snap
13 One of the golden rain trees torn asunder
14 Another golden rain tree torn to shreds
15 Many of the yellow magnolias lost tops and limbs.
16 More of the yellow magnolias lying on the ground
17 Another golden rain tree and a topless magnolia
18 Big snapped branches of magnolias
19 This is an old apple tree very heavily laden with snow.
20 A lone apple - One reason for the extensive damage is that the trees have not yet lost their leaves, nor was all the fruit harvested.
21 It looks absolutely beautiful but was very, very devastating.
22 The hornbeam hedge survived, but many of the weeping trees and fastigiate trees lost limbs.
23 The tropical plants had not yet made it into the new hoop house, which was still under construction. This plastic cover did not help very much with the heavy snow and many of the plants broke.
24 The ornamental pieces in the garden are still uncovered. It's only the end of October, for heaven's sake!
25 A winter wonderland of horrible breakage - The limbs of the trees just cannot bear the weight.
26 I hope these weeping hornbeams are okay, as I have not been able to get in to see them up close.
27 We lost several big gum trees and some hollies.
28 Two Chinese elms, my favorite trees, were irreparably split down their middles.
29 There's just no way to fix this mess.
30 Another Chinese elm cracked and snapped and damaged beyond all hope.
31 More breaks
32 Another magnolia
33 And another
34 A cypress with a snapped off top
35 More snapped off tops
36 The roads were snowy and fairly impassable.
37 It's as though these branches were covered with molten lead.
38 The sun seemed to rise very slowly. The cloudiness on the photo is from snow on my lens.
39 This doesn't look much like October 30th.
40 Deep snow by the back terrace
41 I was terrified that the tall spruce would fall. Fortunately, they did not.
42 None of the trees were happy.
43 The walkways were treacherous.
44 A beautiful stately maple encrusted in the heaviest snow
45 The chicken coop wire ceiling covers completely collapsed under the weight of the snow.
46 It was as if some giant walked on the wire.
47 The snow was so heavy and the flakes so big, they remained on top of the wire, instead of falling through. The wire is there to keep varmints out of the coops.
48 The chickens were not happy with so much snow so early and we lost one hen.
49 The chicken wire fencing was just not strong enough against the weight of the snow.
50 Any hungry creature could get into the yards and wreak havoc. Luckily, we have the two Pomeranian geese to ward off danger.
51 This is the stand of redwoods near the chicken coops with many broken branches.
52 The big older trees lost limbs, too.
53 The maple woodland, where the Japanese maples are planted, suffered a lot of fallen branches.
54 The snow on the tree trunks was blown there by a very strong wind.
55 The crab apples were fine, but not the paulownias.
56 These are my prized azaleas all plastered to the ground.
57 More azaleas
58 We still don't know if these ornamental shrubs have snapped. There's just too much snow to tell.
59 The ginkgo bilobas lost lots of limbs, as they were still fully leafed out.
60 More azaleas buried in the snow
61 More terrible damage
62 The herbaceous peony garden - The peonies will be okay, as they die back to the root each autumn, but the boxwood hedge surrounding it?
63 Another look at the summer house garden all bent and snapped - It will never be the same.
64 Tall tree tops missing - fastigiate branches bent and snapped - not a pretty photo.
65 We lost many limbs on the wonderful sycamores.
66 The pinetum has very young, smallish trees and I don't think any were damaged.
67 Big branches snapped off in the giant trees upper canopies.
68 Here we are silhouetted in the snow - I'm on Rinze and Betsy's on Ramon.
69 The hay fields were pristine, but the trees around the perimeter were badly damaged.
70 This maple tree lost three or four major limbs - It will have to be removed. The horses didn't like the snow falling off the trees one bit.
71 More broken maple limbs at the contemporary house
72 This apple tree is laden with wonderful apples on branches still full of leaves. No wonder the trees broke!
73 More apples and leaves beneath a blanket of heavy snow
74 The roadside trees are also badly damaged, despite a recent careful pruning.
75 Even the wonderful beech trees were damaged.
76 Big broken branches in the old sycamore trees
77 It's so odd to see these poor tropicals shivering in the snow.
78 These fucrea need to be in a warm sunny place, not in the snow.
79 All the tropical plants were hastily moved into the equipment shed, where they will reside until the new hoop house is finished.
80 You can see the guys busy moving the tropicals, using the John Deere and its loader.
81 The white wisteria topiaries all snapped.
82 This is a very sad garden.
83 This is the vegetable garden fence encrusted in show.
84 It looks pretty amazing like this.
85 The long pergola was OK, but the pear trees and the cypress trees were really badly broken.
86 Two more wisteria snapped off
87 This is another giant boxwood bent under the snow.
88 Riding across the middle hay field
89 This is the boxwood allee to the stable. We did not dare to knock off the snow until it warmed up, so as to not break the branches.
90 The fencing was almost solid with snow.
91 The beautiful boxwood was really splayed out by all the snow.
92 I was happy not to have lost any of these tall pines.
93 Three of the five horses were out in the field blanketed against the cold.
94 The horses were wondering where all of their delicious green grass was.
95 My house across the paddock
96 Again - pretty, but so damaging
97 A view towards the cutting garden
98 Fortunately, the lilac allee was not too badly hurt.
99 At the Maple Avenue house, a big white river birch broken
100 Later in the day even more snow had accumulated.