Winter can bring such a quiet beauty into our garden: blanket of white, streams anchored in ice, wildlife silenced in their refuge. These are the images thrown up on postcards and calendars. Beautiful indeed. A gardener can appreciate nature’s picturesque masterpiece, but one can also be be concerned with its effect on the garden.
It’s no secret that this winter has been brutal in a number of ways. The persistent snow, the freezing/thawing/refreezing routine, the bitter cold, and the heavy ice storms have affected us, our plants, and even our hardscapes. At Shofuso we’ve experienced damage to our eastern white pines, and I don’t want to think about all of the winter burn around the garden. This is not how we’ve started a March in this region in quite some time, and the cold temperatures are still sticking around.
I hope I don’t just speak for myself when I say that gardeners around the area are itching to get the season started. By this time last year I was trimming liriope and scheduling volunteers. Once the weather breaks, It’s going to be a scurry of activity preparing Shofuso’s gardens for opening weekend. For now we need to continue to endure, and make sure our list of priorities is at the ready once we can finally get started. Join me in thinking warmer thoughts.