Snow – it’s a design opportunity for gardeners

Snowwoodsby Susan Harris
Tomorrow my garden will look like this – a winter wonderland, so frozen there’s nothing I can do out there but go sledding, right?  Wrong, amigos.  It’s the perfect time to design new borders and paths.  That’s because the existing lines in the garden – like border edges – are completely covered up by the snow.  The slate is clean.

I designed my dry streambed by stomping in the snow.

So when you’re snowed in this weekend, seize the opportunity to do some designing.   To see what a new border edge might look like,  just walk – or in the case of deep snow, stomp – along the new line, and step back and assess the new view.  I designed my dry streambed this way one winter day.   It’s a great excuse to be out in the snow-covered garden dreaming up new visions for the garden and I’m telling you, it works.

On top of which, this method of designing new lines is way more fun than struggling with crinkly old garden hose – you know, the technique that’s so commonly suggested.  No matter how high the temperature, my garden hoses are never, ever flexible enough to do the job.

Or, never mind – just build a snowman.  Me, I’ll be “borrowing” a sled from some unsuspecting kid in the neighborhood and reliving my childhood, if only for a run or two into the woods.

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