To Dig or Not

Up on Walnut Hill our garden is deep under the snow from the record-breaking blizzard of 2016. Winds whipped the hillside and our conifers. Fortunately, no major limbs fell, and our electricity stayed on.

Snowfall here measures anywhere from 26 inches to what looks like 40-inch drifts. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall airport reported 29.2 inches.

Our trusty friends at Natural Concerns used snow blowers on our entrance courtyard, but travel in Baltimore County is still difficult.

We’ll leave the snow on the cement troughs in the courtyard gardens and on the boxwoods, azaleas, and other buried shrubbery. The snow is too deep to reach them. Right now we might do more harm than good by snapping branches and limbs in an effort to unearth them.

It’s always a hard to know when to try to lift snow off of the bushes. With most now fully encased, we’ll let the sun do its thing.

Meanwhile, we’ll bury ourselves in a pile of garden catalogues from High Country Gardens, White Flower Farm, and Swan Island Dahlias.


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Photo credits: Karen C. Smith and Kimberly Cashman