We've seen few snow storms this winter: two fade-away attempts in December and a bracingly unromantic Valentine's Day nor'easter. Snow and rain are forecast for today and tomorrow.
I am happy to know, as we face this wintery precipation, that snow is a welcome security blanket for the garden. Snow functions as a white mulch, stablizing a micro-climate underneath for plants.
It's the unprotected cold temperatures-bitter winds combination and the spring freeze-thaw cycles that are the killers. I learned that lesson the hard way two winters ago when I mistook our lack of snow for a benefit and left unmulched my climbing roses. I now have one less climber to show for it.
Now, if only I could get the snow shovelers around here to abstain from using salt!