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Somewhere Under There

February 5th, 2015

I had to laugh when looked out the window last week, the trellis in the potager is almost covered.
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Somewhere underneath all that snow are a few boxwood balls, stone edging, a few cloches over tiny lettuce plants…
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After I took the top photo we received another foot of snow and it was snowing again last night with around 6 more inches forecasted. The top ring is no longer visibly and pretty soon my trellis will be completely covered with snow.
The wonderful thing about all this snow is that it’s providing a warm winter blanket to protect all my roses, hydrangeas, strawberries, and boxwood. As it melts it will provide nitrogen for the flush of spring growth. I’m not in any hurry for the snow to melt, I have so many books on my reading list thanks to all your recommendations yesterday!

What does your garden look like right now?

6 Comments to “Somewhere Under There”
  1. Brittany P. on February 5, 2015 at 10:36 am

    I must ask.. does the weight of the snow not crush the shrubs buried underneath it? This may sound stupid but it is coming from a gal who has never seen more than an inch of snow in person.

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    • Susy on February 5, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      When it falls normally it typically doesn’t. Here in the potager the snow drifts up around the shrubs and doesn’t seem to crush them. I also protect them by surrounding them with evergreen boughs. When they get larger I might surround them with wooden boxes or something to protect them from being misshapen by the weight of snow.

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  2. Shelly on February 5, 2015 at 10:49 am

    I really like your trellis. Where did you purchase it?

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    • Susy on February 5, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      I got it from Gardener’s Supply a few years ago.

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  3. Nebraska Dave on February 5, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Susy, cold is the topic of discussion this morning. The temperature dropped to -5 degrees over night with a high of 16 today. My garden is snow covered with about 18 inches of snow. Nothing like your snow cover. I too like to see the nitrogen rich snow cover the gardens. It’s the best moisture for the soil ever. After today the temperatures will climb back into the upper 30s and 40s for the next several days so melting with be in progress. The extreme temperature swings have been pretty common place this winter. Volatile weather patterns seem to be the norm now. I’m expecting it to continue into the summer. Weather experts claim this weather cycle will continue for a few years to come. It will bring bigger challenges for gardeners but I say, “bring it on. I’m ready.”

    Have a great Winter book reading day.

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  4. Mich on February 5, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    We’ve had minus daytime temps & cold winds, a little snow and lots of cold frosty nights.
    So garden is looking green & brown but all rather hard underfoot right now.

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