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Friday, January 31, 2014

{RARE Icicles in Our Garden}

For Central Georgia it is quite rare to see Icicles but today, January 29, we did have lots of them. Our trees were hanging down under the heavy weight. So please come with me on a tour to see the Icicles in Our Garden...
This photo is showing our iced gazebo roof through the icicles that hang from our Drake Elm - Ulmus parvifolia.
To the left you see the Rose Stepping Stones...
Two new Rose Stepping Stones in weathered bronze are still waiting to be placed. 
The table and chairs in front of our Rose Suite, on the little patio, are covered with ice as well...
The fronds of our Palm Tree are full of ice too.
Icicles hanging down from our Golden Live Oak 'Quercus Virginiana Grand View Gold'
Our Fragrant Magnolia Grandiflora 'Namnetensis Flore Pleno' with iced leaves...
Icicles on our Castanopsis cuspidata--Japanese Chinquapin
Our Cedrus Deodara or Cedar Rose Tree with big frozen teardrops hanging down on it.
Buds of our Our Japanese Somei Yoshino Cherry with icicles hanging down...
Our Sky Pencils - Ilex crenata Japanese holly with ice on the red polished beach pebbles...
Closeup of the red polished beach pebbles on ice on top of an Eco Friendly Tree Ring from recycled rubber.
So much for the 2014 Ice Storm in the South...
Stay warm and safe wherever you are!

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54 comments:

  1. i hope all your trees and shrubs survive without issue.

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    1. Dearest Theresa,
      So far today was not as bad as once before when one third of our live oak split because of the weight... It is tough for any tree or shrub as they bend down with such a load of ice.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. OMG, amazing photography my friend, magazine worth! Your gazebo looks fabulous with all the ice in the plants and all, it's like a story book as is your entire property Mariette, I truly love it, just beautiful! Yes, I too hope for no breakage in the branches of any of your lovely tres. Thank you for visiting Cayetana, she is so happy with all her comments, she's so funny, she always puts a smile on my face this Little one!
    Hugs,
    FABBY

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    1. Dearest Fabby,
      Thank you it might look good but it sure does not feel that way. On top of this we're having ongoing Internet outage... No fun!
      But we got some nice photos and hope the trees and shrubs will survive. All felines are inside and we stay cozy and warm as well. Spring will come one day...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. OH MY!! Dearest Mariette, I hope your trees will be alright. Mr. G. was just saying that Georgia was in the news and was wondering if you and Pieter were affected. We are are both sending you, Pieter and the furbabies warm thoughts that the temps will become warmer in your area. hugs, and blessings, C. (HHL)

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    1. Dearest Celia,
      Today the trees looked fine, they did bend down but not like years ago when our live oak lots one third of its body. But in a way this also is very pretty, so glad I went out to take those photos after Pieter shot some already.
      Hope you are doing well yourself and stay warm!
      Hugs and happy tea time; that's such a bliss for winter time...
      Mariette

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  4. makes me cold just looking at those pictures...not that we have been any warmer in TN

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    1. Dearest Daniela,
      Icy cold indeed but it looks also pretty in the daytime. You showed us snow right at the beginning of your sun room and deck addition. We have to be patient till mid March or so for better weather. But you got the worst part done and so did we; waiting for better weather so the tiles can be put on.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Dearest Mariette,
    wonderful pictured from the icicles in your garden!
    Stay warm and cosy in the house !
    Love and hugs
    Claudia

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      We both loved the sight of the icicles too; not the feel... Hope nothing gets broken and that all trees and shubs survive. Oh, we stay inside and with us all our felines; they hate to be outdoors now...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

      PS glad I did copy this comment as the internet connection again got broken... it's on and off here

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  6. Hello Mariette, Ice-covered trees can be beautiful, but the weight and cold can damage sensitive plants. Ironically, the ice covering can also protect delicate buds from further freezing, so sometimes fruit trees are deliberately sprayed before a freeze.

    Unfortunately, the same conditions can also produce icy roads, so be careful when driving!
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Indeed, beautiful in a picture but the reality is a very heavy burden! Tonight, or even now in the evening, all the melting from today will refreeze again and cause some dangerous black ice. But from tomorrow on, no more frost so the danger will be lifted. Georgia has been quite a chaos, especially in the Atlanta area as they are not equiped for such weather.
      Let's hope people will be safe.
      We hope that our shrubs and trees will pull through without damage as well.
      So glad we made our trip to Atlanta a week ago as it would not be safe now.
      Happy New Year to you and stay well.
      Mariette

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  7. What lovely photographs you have taken of this icy scene! We are just grey and wet here in England, no snow this year, yet. Stay warm and cosy! x

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    1. Dearest Minerva,
      Thank you so much and yes, those photos look a lot better than the real feel of such cold icy days. The same as in The Netherlands, their winter has been a lot milder than ours.
      We sure do stay cozy, the bed has been freshly made with another flannel duvet set... Feels so good to snuggle into.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. Wygląda to ciekawie i ładnie. Oby tylko rośliny nie ucierpiały. Pozdrawiam.
    It looks interesting and nice. May only plants have not been affected. Yours.

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    1. Dearest Giga,
      Winter photos are always looking nice but often this comes at a price for nature... Let's hope things will survive and have not suffered damaged from the drying winds.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. Jeetje dat ziet er koud uit! Niet zo best voor die planten om dat ijs ineens te moeten dragen maar het geeft wel spectaculaire foto's.

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    1. Beste Marianne,
      Ja, zoiets overvalt je gewoon... We hadden gelukkig al het tere spul in het kasje met de heater aan die automatisch aan gaat bij lage temperaturen. Maar toch is het een risiko, we zullen zien als het lente wordt. Vannacht weer zo en dan gaat het warmer worden.
      Mooie foto's hebben we er wel van overgehouden, al had ik scheve handen van de kou... brrrrrrrrr.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  10. Dearest Mariette.....There is no denying that an ice covered world in the sun has something magical about it. I do hope that all your lovely plants survive and the ice has not been so heavy as to break branches or power line.
    You are so right; it's a time for staying inside with hot drinks and cozy kitties.

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    1. Dearest Suzi,
      Today I could have made sunny pictures with icicles but yesterday it was so gray and dreary looking! Never mind, I already posted this and didn't attempt to make new ones. Tonight the melted ice will refreeze and than it warms up, no more frost.
      Oh, cozy kitties know how to hold a winter party. Ours did feast on some crab tonight since I prepared a meal with crab for both of us. A large tub from Costco and that was enough for two days plus six happy kitties.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. Liebe Mariette,

    du machst aus jeder Situation das Beste.
    Sonnige Grüße
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Ja dass ist auch das beste, überall kann man etwas schönes drin finden und es dann auch festlegen um es mit anderen zu teilen ist ganz toll.
      Lieber Gruss und danke für die Sonne, sie hat bis hier gereicht.
      Mariette

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  12. Liebe Mariette,
    wunderschöne Fotos hast du geschossen - Winterfotos mag ich sehr - ich hoffe allerdings, dass deine schönen Pflanzen keinen Schaden erleiden -

    liebe Grüße - Ruth

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    1. Liebe Ruth,
      Danke und ja es war auch sehr schön und deswegen schnell mas festgelegt da es hier nicht immer so aussehen wird im Winter.
      Ja wir hoffen auch das alle Pflanzen gut durchkommen.
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  13. Dear Mariette,so much ice on the plants and the trees!I'm sure for the damage it has!Here we dont see ice,but i saw on the news the weather you have in Georgia!Be warm!Take care!Hugs!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      This was quite a surprise for getting such an ice storm here in Georgia. Unreal and it did cause quite some chaos and damage. Let's hope the trees and shrubs will handle this and than we have unique winter photos for once. Tonight is the last night of frost.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  14. Oh, brrrrr! But such beautiful pictures of icicles! We had snow on Tuesday and my car got tons of icicle, too :-)
    I love your rose stepping stones. Very pretty and they stay blooming even in cold winter :-) Stay warm and safe!

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Oh, those icicles looked so pretty; I had to capture them on camera after Pieter took some initial photos. Your region got worse winter than we, complete with snow and icy roads. Let's hope that tonight is the final frost night! Oh, those rose stepping stones do look very pretty and they now even match the color of our home.
      You too stay warm and safe; copy your fur babies as they know best how to handle a winter storm!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  15. Oh my ... how strange it is to see ice on palm fronds! This winter, we sure have been experiencing some extreme weather here in the United States. All of your photographs are lovely, Mariette! My fingers are crossed that the trees and other vegetation will survive the ice. Please be careful walking on those slippery surfaces!

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    1. Dearest Julie,
      Indeed iced palm fronds is very odd looking; like hand made actually... But it was real and we hope that spring will show good health for all in our garden.
      So much for Global Warming! Those idiots that make a living off global warming should have to battle the severity of this weather.
      Thank your for your compliments, not easy with such cold fingers to capture this and there was no sunlight... a dreary and gray day.
      Hugs to you and stay cozy and warm yourselves.
      Mariette

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  16. Such beautiful photos, Mariette - Mother Nature is lovely even when she is being difficult! Very striking to see the ice on the palm and love the icy 'tears'. Hoping you warm back up soon - you are colder there than we are! Hugs xo Karen

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    1. Dearest Karen,
      Oh I know that this is so weird for having an ice storm till the panhandle of Florida and the north west is having milder weather. That Polar Vortex did have an aftermath... and it is proving all those Global Warming idiots wrong at the same time.
      One more night of frost and it seems we will warm back up.
      Keep cozy yourself and hugs to you!
      Mariette

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  17. Your garden looks magical, dear Mariette!!!!! And you have catched the beauty of the icicles in your photos! I hope your rare specimen plants will not suffer from the ice. In our area, we have many fruit trees and they would not survive after such an ice storm (unfortunately, it happened once some years ago !). I just love your rose stepping stones!!!!
    Stay warm and be careful!!!!
    Many hugs to you!!!

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    1. Dearest Marie-Anne,
      Thank you very much for your kind words. It was not easy taking photos without sunshine but it worked out well I guess. We are hoping the best and what can we do against the powers of Mother Nature?
      Oh, those Rose Stepping Stones caught my eyes years back and I have been adding on to them. They make for great and clean walking over sandy areas that can get muddy when it rains. Under the huge trees the grass will not grow so there you have the nead for a clean walkway.
      Yes, we just stay put and very cozy indoors.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  18. Oh, my! I hope your plants won't suffer too badly.

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    1. Dearest Zosia,
      We hope too but there is nothing we can do about it...
      For the time being we enjoyed the rare sight of it.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  19. Dearest Mariette,
    I'm amazed at frost and icicles in your region! It looks cold indeed... I hope the frost won't harm the tropical plants. But it looks so beautiful, and as Marie-Anne said, you captured the beauty of the icicles on your photos. We had snow today, and more is expected.
    Stay warm! Hugs from the Alps!

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    1. Dearest Anna,
      Oh, this came as one of those big surprises as it is very rare for this region. A tough time for plants and trees as it goes so suddenly down to this cold weather. They are not naturally hardened off. Sure, for your region it is normal to have snow in the Alps and the environment can handle it very well.
      Thanks for your compliments and we hope the best.
      Big hugs from Georgia where we surely stay cozy inside.
      Mariette

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  20. Dearest Mariette,
    Oh! I wan not happy with yours The Icicles in your Garden!! your lovely phots is showing with iced gargebs rof through of icicles..The rose stopping stoness...
    Your Castanopsis Caspidalte-Japaness Chinguapin cadar Rose tree with big frogen teardrops hanging down on it.
    Buds of your Japaness Somec Yashino Cherry with icicles hanging down...
    If something to happent in your garden ..You with Piteter has very uncomeforteble time?
    This years only in my garden was not too good and from tomorrow the heat heartwave for 33.36. 39. until the Monday....I hope everybody with normal weather too!
    Hugs and love with happy weekend!
    Michiko

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      Wish we could average our weather; we some of your excessive heat and you some of our cold...
      We certainly hope that our spring blossoms will come through.
      Don't worry Michiko, nature is often strong and comes back in a surprising way.
      Wishing you a happy weekend with nice weather.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  21. Good Morning Mariette, The photographs are so very beautiful, but I do hope this cold weather spell does not impact on any of your beautiful plants. It seems the weather is really behaving oddly this year, as in England, the South has been experiencing floods and here in the North we have had a lot of winds and rain with no snow, which is unusual.
    I hope you are keeping yourself warm and cosy inside your beautiful home. Have a lovely, if cold, weekend.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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    1. Dearest Daphne,
      Indeed very nice photographs but not a great feeling. From now on it will be better, no frost for tonight and only one night next week. Also in The Netherlands they've not yet seen snow. Nature is unpredictable!
      Enjoy your weekend and stay cozy yourself! Funny how the American English uses a 'z' instead of an s!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  22. Dearest Mariette;
    Wow, in your great pictures icicles are really beautiful (kind of ironically) Do you think Somei Yashino will bloom? I needed to check 'Japanese Chinquapin' & 'Ilex crenata Japanese holly' with pc.(^^;) 樹氷(Jyu hyou) which literally means 'tree ice' and these combined 2 characters sound really beautiful in Japanese but not so sweet a word for trees, is it! And I DO hope your weather this year will be the FAIR one for you two from bottom of my heart☆☆☆
    Yes, I LOVE your Rose Stepping Stones as well, you are so good at finding things suit for you(^_^)v

    Sending you lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Dearest Miyako,
      Pictures of ice and snow in general are beautiful but the aftermath for nature might be less than beautiful. We will see if our cherries will blossom this year and our Japanese magnolia etc. Soon we will find out.
      Love your Japanese characters for the tree names. Funny indeed how names come about.
      Let's hope the year will proceed to be moderate indeed. That would be lovely.Thank you for loving our Rose Stepping Stones; they look just beautiful in our garden.
      Hugs and love from the south east to you.
      Mariette

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  23. Lovely pictures and the icedrops look like pearls. Have a nice weekend.

    Hugs

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    1. Dearest Elna,
      Oh and this sure will make us look more alike with Sweden for a brief moment... It is over now, only two days and nights like that.
      Enjoy your weekend and stay warm.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  24. Rather amazing how drops and moisture freeze like that. Sure makes for nice photos, but icy roads are no fun at all. Growing up in the south, I never really had to deal with any of that. When we had the slightest little snow flurries, it was cause for dancing in the streets. :) Sending warm wishes your way, Tammy

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    1. Dearest Tammy,
      Oh, this snow and ice storm did cause some major problems for Atlanta. Accidents on the roads, kids that had to sleep at school because the buses were not driving... People sleeping at stores and of course at the airport where lots of flights got cancelled as they cannot de-ice the wings.
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  25. It's such a treat, isn't it, Mariette, when the South is graced by winter's warmth?! <3

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    1. Dearest Stacy,
      Things look extraordinary indeed with such an ice covering... We enjoyed the sight of it, the traffic problems it caused is a different story.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  26. Lieve Mariette,

    Bij jullie ook al van die extreme in de natuur wat het weer betreft,bijna dagelijks zien wij de beelden op TV uit landen waar sneeuw,regen en wind voor veel overlast en schade zorgen,helaas...
    Een lieve Nederlandse blogvriendin van mij die een tweede huis heeft in Frankrijk en daar waren in october kregen zoveel sneeuw dat er in hun omgeving honderden grote bomen van wel 80/90 jaar oud als luciferhoutjes afbraken door de zware sneeuwlast,dagen lang konden ze niet uit hun huis vanwege de wegversperringen door omgevallen bomen,gelukkig konden zij het huis verwarmen met houtkachel,stroom viel regelmatig uit, na dagen kregen ze hulp van omwonenden uit andere dorpen die kwamen met zwaar materieel om de bomen van het pad te halen zodat ze weer met de auto de openbare weg konden bereiken.
    Het zijn wel hele mooie winterse plaatjes in jullie tuin........maar oh zó koud!!!
    Hopelijk zullen de planten het overleven!

    Liefs en warme groet!!!
    Ger

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    1. Lieve Ger,
      Ja, Georgia heeft weer eens bewezen dat het idioten zijn die de kost verdienen met Global Warming flauwekul. Het tegendeel is eerder waar en overigens, extremen zijn er altijd al geweest. Laten we hopen dat de natuur zich weer goed tot redelijk herstelt en niet al teveel schade ervan overblijft.
      Ja, die vriendin van je heeft ook een nare tijd gekend dan en dat zonder electriciteit; niet leuk en hoe kun je dan koken en douchen etc. Wij hebben hier àlles electrisch...
      Het levert inderdaad mooie foto's op maar vaak tegen een prijs. Mijn handen waren letterlijk schééf van de kou en ik vluchtte weer snel naar binnen om de handen aan een kop warme thee te verwarmen. Soep koken op zo'n dagen is ideaal, je eet eigenlijk méér met zo'n koude dagen...
      Zo, veel gedaan gekregen vandaag; gewassen en het hele huis schoon. Dus nu vlug onder het donzen dekbed met flanellen overtrek.
      Liefs en fijne zondag!
      Mariette

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  27. ¡Makes me cold, in summer!. Amazing photos dearest Mariette.
    Habe a nice week end.
    María

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    1. Dearest María,
      It sure does but those are the extreme differences in our climate! Happy weekend.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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