1 On yesterday's blog, this Chinese elm, one of a pair and my favorite tree, was covered with a heavy blanket of thick snow. I reported that it had suffered major breakage.
2 The Chinese elms were mature trees when I had them relocated to this space four years ago. They had adjusted to the move and were thriving in this spot adjacent to the summer house.
3 One of several torn limbs
4 Arborists from SavATree, http://savatree.com/ came to begin the major pruning process. The fate of these trees has yet to be determined.
5 Proper pruning is a learned skill and if it is not done correctly, the tree can suffer from rot and decay.
6 The pruned branches were piling up along the roadways.
7 Many ginkgo biloba branches
8 More ginkgo and maples awaiting the wood chipper
9 A flattened azalea - I actually have hope for many splayed shrubs, as they have been bouncing back into shape as the snow melts and releases their branches.
10 A large limb from a tall white pine crashed down onto this chestnut tree.
11 The limb wedged into this crotch, but the tree wasn't damaged.
12 I planted this grove of fast-growing Royal Paulownia trees as a tall screen. They were heavily damaged.
13 Now the leaves are dropping!
14 This weeping beech is fine.
15 My pair of black Welsh mountain sheep huddled at the far end of their paddock, where they found the one patch of bare grass to graze.
16 Another chore that had not yet been done - pounding in the wooden stakes, which mark the edges of the roadways for the snow plow.
17 More white pine damage
18 I have several fastigiate maple trees and nearly all of them had branches ripped from their trunks.
19 Breaks like these are really bad because they open up the trunk very wide for diseases.
20 Trees intact against an impressive sky
21 No damage here
22 More survivors
23 A not so lucky maple
24 The winter snow should cover over autumn leaves, not the other way around.
25 That thick, heavy snow collected on the bird netting over my blueberry bushes. Fortunately, it remained intact, unlike the wire roof of my chicken coop.
26 My raspberry bushes are supported on wires which are attached to antique granite posts. The weight of the snow actually caused a few of those posts to snap at their bases!
27 These posts are cemented into the ground and I'm stunned that snow can break granite!
28 Just the other day, there were beautiful lettuces growing in the vegetable garden. Not any more.
29 This plastic sheeting covering the shade pergola remained intact through the storm, protecting the tropical plants beneath it.
30 The remaining tropical plants were moved into the equipment shed, where they were pruned of damaged foliage and are awaiting their winter home in the new hoop house, which is under construction.
31 The old hoop house is snug and heated and filled with other tropical plants.
32 This upright wisteria bent with the weight of the snow despite its metal support.
33 Snow on apple
34 Snow on apple espalier
35 The top split right off of this redwood.
36 And this one, too.
37 Pete was busy repairing the damage at the chicken coops.
38 My boxwood allee, which really looked great this summer, is barely recognizable.
39 Mangled boxwood
40 I am now hopeful that, as the snow melts from the branches, these boxwood will spring back into shape.
41 Hopefully, this will occur with minimal distortion and damage.
42 Another toppled tree means another log for Dominick's sawmill!
43 More piles of branches
44 And even more
45 Branches to the right!
46 Branches to the left!
47 Branches across the road!
48 Our wood chipper has been used way too much lately!