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  • Surveying the Wreckage

    26th December 2010In The GardenStephanie Donaldson
    Panicum virgatum before the snow

    Panicum virgatum before the snow

    and after

    and after

    I’ve been wandering round what was, until fairly recently, a winter garden full of attractive seedheads and waving grasses and it occurs to me that maybe one of the reasons that gardeners in the past were less inclined to leave tidying their gardens until spring was that they had harder winters, with more snow. It flattens the plants that we now like to leave untouched and leaves them looking pretty dreadful. Whilst I’m not advocating a return to the old ways, I do have a bit more sympathy for them.

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