“Finally, a decent snowfall.” That’s my first reaction as an ornamental gardener, thinking about the dormant plants. Snow is a great insulator and keeps the soil–and the roots of plants–warmer than if that same soil were exposed to the air.
This is one reason why Ellen Hornig of Seneca Hill Perennials can grow many plants from South Africa that are supposedly not hardy for her area. Oswego, NY gets a tremendous amount of snow, and those South African natives have no idea it’s below zero two feet above them.
I had to change my plans today because of this weather, but I’m glad for my plants.