Numerous shrubs and decorative trees couldn't bear the weight of the heavy snow and succumbed, flattened and broken beyond "repair". My favorite crepe myrtle which I beamed about a few months back in one of my posts, split apart like a toothpick. Saturday evening the power went out and it was a cold night. It came back up surprisingly early around noon the next day, (compared to the 5 days it was out during hurricane Lee) however others nearby are still without power.
Sunday involved cutting many of the damaged shrubs way back. The property looks so open and I miss all the interest it had. Two large mulberry trees also fell and will surely be missed as they anchored the property so nicely. I have quite a bit of clean-up to do and will be getting on with it shortly. I did however want to share a small change I did amid the wreckage.
|Guardians Standing Post At The Front Entry|
|The Lions Have Decided To Hibernate This Winter|
I decided to take my entry beasts down. The right one needs some repair and I knew one more Winter of freezing temps may do it in. I took them down and replaced them with some colorful mums in the old concrete planters I used to have in their place. I'm liking this "reverted look" again. The large branch was a spur of the moment idea. Adjacent to this location I had that branch standing upright from an old, hollowed tree stump with wild clematis growing all over it. The snow weight brought the whole ensemble over. I was going to toss the branch out of frustration but it is just too neat to not use some how. I really love the way it heads my stone entry now. I've since added another unique, smaller section to the center of that limb that is triangle shaped to make a keystone of sorts. I have it jute-twined on. Perhaps I'll snap a photo of it at some point. For now I want the snow to melt and Autumn to return (what's left of it).
It was a bit sad to see children trick-or-treating last night in the snow; sidewalks not shoveled yet and just dangerous conditions, plus it was a bit cold. Definitely a Halloween to remember! (or perhaps one I'd like to forget)