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.
The front garden is melting – and then freezing, but there is not the same kind of wetness as in the back garden.
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.
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.
Today the garden no longer has any snow. What looks like a sprinkling of snow is really the sun’s reflection the shallow water.
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.