In this latest go-round of winter weather we got ice, and thankfully all we lost was internet access for 12 hours.
Some of these pictures look rather post-apocalyptic, especially since they are dark, but the damage was more annoying than serious. G. had to spend a couple of hours chainsawing pine boughs off of the fences and got whacked in the leg by an errant branch for his pains.
Everything with leaves was bowed way down. Young pines had the most damage, losing major branches and/or tops, but most everything else has bounced back. Not this wax myrtle though. It's the second time it's imploded, I think because it's a volunteer that's been cut down to the ground before so its multiple trunks all branch out straight from the base.
The broken down max myrtle from the other direction. It'll make a comeback. Wax myrtles are basically unstoppable.
What a difference between the leafless Rose-of-Sharon and the leafy witch hazel. The witch hazel won't lose its leaves until it's done blooming, a trait typical of witch hazels. It bounced right back.
The Knockout rose to the right of the witch hazel did not - the weight of the ice pulled the plant right over and the roots weren't able to hold it up. I need to get in there to at least take out the dead wood, and probably thin out some of the live branches too. It has vicious thorns, the kind that goes through even thick leather gloves, so I'm not really looking forward to that.
This gardenia didn't bounce back either - and that's because voles had nearly chewed through the base of nearly half the branches. I was able to pull them out with one hand. I mulched the base with gravel and left it at that, since my attempts to trap voles weren't very successful. This is a single-flowered gardenia that I grew from seed. The big gardenia from G.'s grandmother's garden, with huge double flowers and good rebloom, is fine.