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by Carole Schwalm An outdoor photograph of a rose plant with frozen water crystals.

In the Japanese Garden, snow is considered to be a flower. The way that snow accumulates on bare branches and garden accessories is an important element of garden viewing. In the winter, shapes and contrasts become the visual pleasures of the garden, and many elements of the garden are meant to be appreciated when the snow delineates their graceful forms.

In the weeks ahead: When thinking about spring and summer planting, think about using less water. Imagine weather being drier and hotter (that might be nice to do if you are in a Polar Vortex now).

You can analyze soil early and start composting. It might not be a bad idea to also have water analyzed. Tap and water-softened water may affect plant growth. Make a plan to collect rain/snow water.

Inventory existing plants with an eye toward how they might have been affected, or will be when the snow melts. Weather damage is possible: including heavy snow breaking tree limbs.

(Quote from the Santa Fe Master Gardener website)

Share your Japanese Snow Garden experience or if you'd like more information.