Mr. Fix-it and I own a little house in southern Indiana; which was right in the line of one of the worst ice storms ever. On a recent trip up there I thought I'd snap some pictures of the damage done by the ice storm. The damage is quite severe and it is a big mess in all the states affected by this ice storm. Many homes were without electricity for several days. I want to tell everyone affected by the storm how my heart goes out to you dealing with this big mess. So now let's look at some pictures of the damage.
The above homeowner had a tree fall on the house. Fortunately there does not appear to be any damage to the house.
Most folks were very busy cleaning up their yards and removing debris. The state, city, and county workers were on the job. The heavy equipment was out to clear the roads and restore power to all affected people. The air literally hummed with the whine of numerous chainsaws.
I noticed mature maples were most affected with limb breakage during this storm. I would've thought the evergreens would take it worse due to their leaves catching the ice, but not so. The evergreens seemed to be more willing to bend without snapping, though several are still leaning. All of my evergreens have bounced back and I lost only one limb from my pine. Shockingly. Here I show you a mature maple snapped just like it was a toothpick. The sights were surreal to me, though the Jimster was not impressed. Even entire forests topped by the ice did not impress the Jimster. He does not realize those trees will have a hard time recovering from the loss of their primary trunk.
The Country Club and its surrounding fence suffered severe damage. Homeowners insurance carriers will be busy with claims to fix the fences and property damaged in this storm.
More splintered wood. The hardwoods just seemed to not be so resilient and broke quite jaggedly with all the extra weight of the ice. These trees will need some serious pruning in order to recover. Sadly, I suspect many will not be pruned. This may bring unwelcomed consequences further down the road in the form of the tree becoming diseased and ultimately dying.
Our grand magnolias were also affected, though not as severely as the deciduous trees. Generally speaking, the magnolias I saw only lost some lower branches; which is not always a bad thing if the homeowner wants his or her tree limbed up.
The area also received a good bit of snow along with the ice. It is funny how the storm dumped tons of snow further north where several of our blogging friends live, but that snow did not cause the same damage as the ice. Snow and ice are two very different things that can cause all sorts of problems in their own way. The weather is a bit discriminative in its course, and decided to take a big punch at the southern Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas and northern Tennessee area during this storm. But it is okay, life goes on and I am very glad the majority of folks have gotten their power back now. P.S. Our home suffered no damage other than losing power for two days.
For more ice pictures see The Garden Sanctuary. There are some excellent pictures of the ice on that blog showing just how thick the ice was on all it encased.
in the garden....
Hi all. I just wanted to give everyone a head's up on this blog. I still have my very full blogroll, but I have chosen to only display the 25 most recent posters. It rotates so everyone will be displayed as they post. I will do my very best to visit each and every new post, but time is becoming a bit more limited so I might not be as diligent as I'd like to be. If you are not listed on the Blogroll, don't worry-there is an excellent chance I have you on my blogroll at Blotanical. I use both sources equally to visit a great number of blogs. I hope you understand that with gardening season coming up and family commitments I may be in the garden a bit more, or doing the dreaded housecleaning thingy so I may not be around as often.
Additionally, with all of these wonderful, wonderful comments and the daily conversations we have, I find I spend way more time on here than I should. I will always respond to comments, but it may be on your blog if time is limited and I cannot respond on here. I know you totally understand. If you are one of my very earliest commenters and do not have a blog (you know who you are!), I will respond on here but it may be a bit more general.
Posting will still continue as always-once per day. It was always my goal to do it this way (thanks to my good blogging mentor who gave me great advice a very long time ago-and you know who you are!) and also a big thanks to my co-posters for helping me out and doing a super good job on the blog.
Again, I appreciate everyone who either reads here or comments here and that will never change....
in the garden....
I just read of the tornadoes that hit Texas and Oklahoma. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to all affected.