|Sky view of Katsura and Hemlock|
In my Zone 5-6 garden, we are growing snow. My plants are asleep and look pretty with a blanket that's about 7 inches thick.
There is something about the first measurable snow that makes me look more closely at the trees in my garden. Conifers I'd planted to offer winter interest are still small enough to look like lumps in the snow--a good thing since they're dwarfs, a bad thing if I'd hoped for drama.
|Front garden tree line-up, 2013.|
In the front garden tree line-up photo, it's the straightest upward trunk just to the left of the weeping katsura. A bit to the right of the katsura are two hemlocks, but only one is in evidence as a dark green blob with snowy branches sticking out like toothpicks in a giant canapé.
Throughout summer and into fall, the line-up blocks the view down the street, which is what we had in mind when we planted them.
|Metasequoia, Katsura and Hemlock in November, 2011|
I came across a baby photo of the front tree line-up and am happy to see the planting has accomplished its goal. It was meant to fill in the gap left by a neighbor's unapproved removal of the lower branches of the row of white pines that march along the property line.
|Tree line-up, circa 2001.|
No matter how long I garden, I still am guilty of planting too closely with little vision to the future. The front garden tree line-up is an example of planting for a reason. While gardening is certainly not considered an endeavor that offers instant gratification, looking at the before and after photos makes me realize that, in the realm of gardening, "instant" is relative.
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