Winter in the garden has its own unique qualities. Light is low, creating stark dramatic scenes and backlit vignettes, droplets suspended on bare skeletal twigs, twinkling with a thousand tiny rainbows. There can be mist, with spectral trees appearing and vanishing, or blankets of snow that hide every detail.
The plants of winter are special – do they anticipate spring or do they seize this opportunity to have the show to themselves? They are endearing too – any plant that pokes its head above the icy parapet earns our affection and inspires our admiration.
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