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Snow-Covered Garden? Time to Design!


Here’s what my Takoma Park garden looked like post-snow – a winter wonderland, so frozen there’s nothing I could do out there but go sledding, right?  Wrong! It was 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 this dry streambed by stomping in the snow.

So the next time we’re snowed in, you could 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 or even better, go sledding.  That’s what I’m determined to do before the winter is out.

Posted by Susan Harris.

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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