This afternoon I was sitting at my second favorite diner eating breakfast after a tough morning.
How tough a morning?
How about root canal tough, that’s tough. Anyway as I was gingerly eating my ham and cheese omelet and sipping coffee my attention wandered to the scene outside . . .
Snow . . . that’s right snow. It’s that time of year, the beginning of winter. White stuff, hidden landscapes, evergreens, and sitting by the fire reading catalogs kind of snow.
I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines. -Henry David Thoreau
[ About 24″ or so on this falls, can you see the box? ]
Which got me to thinking about something else . . . opportunity, and more importantly opportunity lost. A season and a time that most Landscape Designers seem to forget. The season of snow.
Designers; do you think about snow? Do you plan for snow, and the opportunities for viewing that snow brings? The plants, trees, shrubs, and hardscapes that will come to the forefront with the coming of the snow.
[ Light, shadow, tracery, outline, contrast, beauty. ]
New Views, New Opportunity
Opportunity is there, take advantage of snow, plan for snow, embrace snow.
A garden and landscape do not die with the onset of winter. A landscape evolves, it changes, it adapts it becomes a completely different kind of wonder.
Design for this change of season, remember the prime views from inside looking out. The views that come about because of the short walks from here to there. Remember contrast and outline.
Remember the sun as it shines through the naked branches of the trees, and the patterns on the snow, the shadows, the reflection.
Take advantage of water and the stark difference of moving water in the stillness of the snowy landscape.
[ A very powerful contrast in the winter landscape. ]
So many opportunities in a season that so many neglect or throw away in the design process.
“Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.” -Jeff Valdez
Embrace the winter, embrace the snow.