Mid-Winter Frozen Views – and Expectations

  • Post published:02/19/2022
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Snowy Winter Backyard – seen from the upstairs window.

This snowy winter backyard is beginning to melt. And much of that melting stays on top of the frozen soil. This photo was taken on February 3, 2022. It is the wet and icy frozen soil that explains where the water moved around the raised beds.

2-13-22 Front yard garden

The front garden is melting – and then freezing, but there is not the same kind of wetness as in the back garden.

2-13-22 The Rose Walk

The Rose Walk is not a large section of the garden, and even here the clay soil freezes, and the snow melts slowly. It will often refreeze during the night.

2-13-22 Hellebores

The hellebore bed is on the opposite side of the Rose Walk. It is amazing how green they remain through the  winter, but that will change very soon.

2-18-22  Wet Garden

Today the garden no longer has any snow. What looks like a sprinkling of snow is really the sun’s reflection the shallow water.

Large water area

The area at the back of the yard is about the most watery area. We were not really surprised during our first winter because our neighbors told us the backyard used to be a skating rink for the neighborhood children.  No skating anymore, but there are still very wet spots.


This area was still snowy, but the beautiful sunset made us feel that we are moving  to spring.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Linda

    My husband bought me your book and I can’t wait to read it!

  2. Pat

    Linda – I am very glad to hear you have the book in hand. I hope you enjoy it.

  3. Its good to see the bare bones of your garden, Pat. Now I know the context. Here in droughty Kansas, I envy your high water.
    Spring is on the way and I bet it will be a different Spring. Best wishes to you.

  4. Pat

    Tom – thanks for visiting. We are having a nearly snowless winter here, and we are more and more eager to get on with dependable greenery.

  5. Jorie MacLeod

    Pat- I enjoy your blogs and can imagine you and Henry crafting your spot there in Greenfield. I guess this latest dump of snow covered things up, but will be gone soon. Take heart! I have a Buckland Library question for you, if you could respond to my email I will ask it privately. … Spring is on the way…

  6. Pat

    Jorie – I just this minute found your message on my computer. I don’t know how it got lost. I suspect you have gotten an answer to your question – but I’m always willing to take questions although I can’t guarantee a good response. We are enjoying the spring. Roses! Summer is almost here!

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