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21 inches of snow in Canton, by Martha's informal measure.
21 inches of snow in Canton, by Martha's informal measure.

Seeing the shapes of the garden in winter

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A big snowfall makes the basic shapes of the garden stand out in relief against the white background. Amy Ivy and Martha Foley talk about choosing and shaping shrubs and the basic architecture of the garden, taking advantage of this opportunity when just the bones are showing.

And on a cautionary note, it's good to mark yard and garden features that will be buried, particulary if they are near to where the snowplow might go. Also be careful about placing more delicate plantings where snow will shoveled or plowed into deep heavy piles.

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Martha Foley
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