After trudging through much of the garden yesterday in an attempt to photograph a scene that demonstrated the snowfall, I ended up liking this one the best. Walking around the garden was no easy task, as I blazed a few trails, climbed over and under snow-laden trees across paths and occasionally had to reroute to where there are no paths. For those of you familiar with the garden, you’ll recognize the irony – this photograph was taken from the boardwalk at the garden’s entrance, no more than forty steps from my office.
Damage to the plant collections throughout the garden was, in a word, extensive. Two of the Larix griffithii are devastated, one uprooted from the ground entirely and the other with its trunk broken about 3m off the ground (the plant having had a height of about 10m). A precious Sinojackia looks as if it exploded. I easily counted a dozen broken trees and shrubs in the Asian Garden, and I didn’t venture very far.
I did revisit a few plants I’ve previously shown on BPotD to take a photograph for comparison’s sake – one of these I’ve posted as a comment in the entry on Acer carpinifolium.
One last anecdote: I couldn’t stand in the spot where I took the photographs of the Callitriche stagnalis. Usually, that path skirts under 15cm (6in) diameter willow trunks leaning about 2.5m (8ft) off the ground. Yesterday, those trunks were at knee-level. I doubt the willows are damaged, as they tend to be very flexible, but it was jarring to see.