Snowy Holiday Gardens
The beauty and stillness of the winter holidays is upon us, and though winter solstice is still eight days away we’ve already had multiple snow storm events, often lasting days on end. The effect of the snow on the outdoors in general and our gardens in particular is just sheer beauty- quiet, soft joy.
I welcome the snow and peacefulness of the snowy holiday gardens. A colleague believes winter is the best season in the garden, because we really get to reflect on the given year and observe the plants in dormancy. That is, of course assuming we observe the best practice in gardening for wildlife of not cutting native species perennials down until spring, letting birds eat the plant’s seedheads and increase their shelter space in the world.
Politics and pop culture news has been turbulent lately, the world has felt like a harsh place. Though a lot of people complain about driving in the snow, I adore the annual 3-4 month hibernation period. The restoring silence of the snowy holiday gardens causes my insides to sing, and knowing the ephemeral cold never lasts forever makes it tolerable.