And Sometimes it Doesn’t.
As I mentioned in the last post, winter brings a new way to see the landscape. Remember, your garden is not just three seasons long! If it is, well you might need to rethink it. Green it up for winter, maybe?
Like most things, there is both good and bad in winter landscapes. Along with the snow, the weather can warm where the rains fall instead. Rain makes slush – but not today, anyway.
In the garden, both rain and snow happened.
So what problems come with snow?
- Rodents can hide from predators while girdling trees.
- Freeze/thaw cycle with heaving damages perennials and bulbs.
- Heavy snow damages trees and shrubs.
- Late season snows damage fruit bearing trees.
- Turf damage from snow mold.
- Heavy snow or ice knocks out utilities.
See the post, Ice is Both Beauty and the Beast for what snow and ice can do to trees. Also, some tips on how to deal with broken tree limbs.
And the rain turned to snow…
Now that is a misleading statement, because rain never actually turns into snow. It is just a physical impossibility because of how snow is formed. But snow will turn into rain, which happens frequently.
Rain often starts off as snow. As snow is falling through the air below the cloud, the air temperature becomes progressively warmer, so the snowflakes turn to raindrops. If the ambient temperatures remain cold, the snow falls instead.
It is tough on the landscape when the weather cannot make up its mind to stay either warm or cold. When rain turns to ice …
Ice plays havoc with plants breaking branches and flattening weakly erect conifers.
Around my gardens the scene changes all day in this fickle weather.
The rain washes away snow, but within the hour the snow returns, shrubs clinging to the last raindrops.
Being a wet day, sometimes winter rains on your parade, but no need to stop the picture-taking. Cold rain can be something of beauty, but it doesn’t beat a new snowfall.
Next, “Post 500″…