The garden in winter

snow piled on a birdbath

Last week we had a snowfall so thick and lovely it made our backyard birdbath look like a giant mushroom. Of course I can call the snow lovely because I didn’t have to shovel it.  Schools were closed, traffic was snarled–some radio stations were calling it Snowmaggedon–and Jake and Rufus sank to their furry little shoulders going out on their daily rounds (Eli is a wimp and wouldn’t venture out). They haven’t seen snow like that in their lifetimes, although I have, but not for a few years.

More than snow can make you love your winter garden.  Details like the ones shown in the following photo gallery can give a garden personality –a row of old birdhouses on a fence, say, or a lawn chair on its last legs holding a basket of fake flowers.  Berries, textured bark, bonsai-trimmed shrubs–all work with evergreens to keep your garden looking good even when there is no snow.  Hope these photos give you some ideas.

Thanks to photographer Bert Klassen for some of the images, by the way.