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How to Use Snow to Locate Microclimates

Let’s talk about snow. You’d think the American city famous for distributing the poinsettia wouldn’t have to wait 47 years for a white Christmas! But we did, and since I grew up here it was my very first one.

Photo Caption: Patches of snow after everything else has melted mark the coldest spots.

My Vermont-native boyfriend finds it laughable that southerners get so excited about white stuff on the 25th (especially since it was about 1″ deep… apologies to all of you who are buried in snow up to your rooftops right now). Plus, nearly all of it melted by the next day — but not completely.

For the past two days I’ve driven around witnessing yards bare of snow except for a few stubborn patches. How nice of nature to put obvious markers on all our gardening microclimates! I took photos of these spots for future reference.

Most gardeners have a handful of warmer season plants that they gamble on every year and even some colder season ones that pout in the heat. I’ll be planning to put lemongrass, lantanas, globe artichokes, pomegranates, pineapple guava, and Vietnamese cilantro in the snow-free zones and rhubarb, peonies, and English primroses in the snowy spots.

Or my mom will, because I’m moving gardens this year. I’ll have to wait until next winter for my chance… but maybe I won’t have to wait another 47 years for Christmas snow to map my garden with!

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