Monday, March 2, 2015

Ice Weed

I was beginning to think it wasn't going to get cold enough for the ice weed to "bloom".
It is a great addition to the garden. Even though it's real blooms are not all that much to look at, they do attract a lot of different butterflies and the winter "blooms" are great.






There is no end to the different shapes and swirls that they produce.
I inspect them every year and am dazzled and amazed by their formations.
I have read several different theories on how the ice forms but none seem logical to me.
It is so very fragile and will just crumble if squeezed at all.

 
I have come to the conclusion that it is magic, natures magic and I'll just leave it at that.

10 comments:

TexasDeb said...

I've been looking for this at nurseries and can't find any. I see it roadside places, but so far none where it was safe enough to stop. Long story short, I am happy-happy to enjoy the ice blooms in your post from my warm perch with a cup of hot coffee in hand.

So gorgeous! Great photos and thank you for sharing a little magic today. I needed it!

Rock rose said...

Such an amazing performance and you captured it at its best. I have some out there and need to go take a look.

Caroline/Shovel-Ready Garden said...

How cool is that? Neat-O!

Ally said...

I've never heard of ice weed. That's pretty cool. Looking at those interesting formations would give me a reason to venture out on a cold morning. Lately. I've just been hibernating waiting for things to warm up.

Bob said...

I usually go to a friends ranch and check them out Ally. I have hundreds of pictures of weird ones but just wanted to put pictures of mine on here.

Vicki @ Playin' Outside said...

Verbesina virginica, or frost weed, is one of those plants I've always wanted in my garden, but agree with Texas Deb it's been impossible to find. As you mentioned, Bob, it's an exceptional nectar source for bees and butterflies and the "flowers" are a wonder.

katina said...

Very cool.

Bob said...

I will pot you one up Girl friend. Just as soon as they start showing this spring.

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