There is something wonderfully restorative about the four seasons with winter being a resting period for our trees, shrubs and plants. That phase of dormancy allows rejuvenation and while the physiological aspects of this botanical downtime can be quite complex, when it is altered or interrupted, ardent gardeners must be more vigilant come spring.
For anyone experiencing this year’s Northeast winter pattern, it should be apparent that this is not typical weather. And for garden geeks, when spring officially comes knocking on the door, the lack of snow and higher than normal temperatures may equate to a less than sufficient resting period for many plant materials.
This spring, be cognizant of where your plants may need some restorative assistance. And if a sleeper snowstorm with lots of wet and heavy snow hits us like last October, expect to see more extensive damage; some that may be internal and difficult to detect. The best word of advice: keep in close step as the spring season unfolds and check here often for restorative tips as we advance with what Mother Nature dishes out. Let’s hope for a long, cool, moist spring that allows for a slow unfurling. I know that doesn’t sound enticing but if that snoozer button goes off too early, you may be replacing lots of suspect plant material in the garden.
So that’s a wrap for this chilly but sunny Monday February morning. Let’s end with some wise words from Nancy Kuhajda, which sum up the many beneficial aspects of gardening. “It's incredibly restorative. A lot of people find great solace in gardening. It teaches self-worth, patience, reliance, persistence. It teaches us the circle of life. It teaches us that things die, and from that new things come.”
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