There’s No Hats Like Snow Hats

While heavy snowfalls can cause all kinds of problems, they also cause all sorts of beauty. The snow piles up on objects from birdhouses to grasses creating a winter wonderland. I am always reading about creating “winter interest” in the garden. Gardeners around here joke that it is hard to create interest when their garden is buried under eight feet of snow, but of course the garden isn’t always buried in snow. Grasses left standing add movement all winter long, while shrubs such as dogwoods with their range of red, yellow and even purple hued bark look dramatic against the white winter canvas. Viburnums, mountain ash and other trees and shrubs that produce berries that look fantastic…well, until the birds gobble them up. But that too is part of the magic of a winter garden. Rose hips are another eye catching element as are garden clocks, birdbaths and other hardscape left outside year round.

And then there are what I call snow hats. The result of hours of steady snowfall that result in images such as the ones I found in my garden just a couple days ago…

Garden clocks and bird houses paired with snow add plenty of "winter interest"!

Garden clocks and bird houses paired with snow add plenty of “winter interest”!

bird baths make great snow hats

bird baths make great snow hats

The bird feeder sporting its own snow hat

The bird feeder sporting its own snow hat

Grasses not only provide movement in winter winds but they also drape themselves in snow like its the latest winter fashion

Grasses not only provide movement in winter winds but they also drape themselves in snow like its the latest winter fashion. Here a clump of flame grass sports a winter cape.

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