Over the ground lies a mantle of white….

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Well, it is said that snow is a good insulator!  My garlic, chives and oregano plants are definitely “winter-protected!”

My beds are the ones directly left of the tall accessible bed (with the trellis) that isn’t completely buried under the snow at the centre right of the photo.  (It’s really hard to tell the difference between the regular raised beds and the big snow lumps!).  You can just make out the decorative metal framework of the child’s bench that is at the foot of one of my beds.  And it looks like a bunny or some other small critter walked over the edge of the box…the gate to the garden is wide open and frozen in place so that wouldn’t surprise me.  Good thing we checked all the guards on the trees before the snow fell!

We have 35 beds in our community garden, plus we have all the perimeter space along the fence which contains a huge variety of perennials and annuals, as well as food plants such as rhubarb, raspberries, strawberries, haskap and herbs such as lovage, oregano, thyme, lavender, chives, and parsley.   The gardeners can also grow large, sprawling plants such as pumpkins and zucchini in a section of the perimeter.  The trees are all very young (the garden hasn’t even celebrated its fifth anniversary yet), but the apples and crabapples sported a good crop of fruit last year.  I really ought to post a photo from the summer when the garden is in full GREEN – it’s very pretty!

Looking at the plants snoozing out there in that beautiful warm sunshine is giving me some ideas of my own – I know I have a ton of stuff to do yet in preparation for the holidays, but I think a little nap might just be in order….   😉

I hope you have a relaxing, fun weekend!  What are your plans?