This is not a blizzard. In fact, this has been a gentle snowfall, perhaps four or five inches deep, and notable only because it’s the deepest snow we’ve experienced in a few years. I would be happy enough to do without, but no damage was done. With several chilly days ahead the snow will be a bit of an insulator, though the cold will not be severe enough to require it.
Arguably, the dormant and disheveled garden is improved by a blanket of snow, and while the soil was not dry, recently transplanted hellebores will benefit from the additional moisture. By early afternoon I made the rounds to brush snow from evergreens that leaned over the paths. Many of these still leaned from the ice storm a week ago, and if the branches are left for too long they don’t bounce back. A nudge with the leaf rake does the trick, but snow still falls down the neckline of my shirt as I duck under branches.