The Garden in Winter

Winter is a time when gardeners take a break from outdoor activities as dictated by the weather. It may appear frozen for months on end in the garden, but it doesn't mean that everything has come to a halt. Herbaceous plants along with deciduous trees and shrubs become dormant in the winter. This dormancy is required because they are incapable of using water which could freeze and burst the cells that surround it. The evergreens, however, have special adaptations that allow them to photosynthesize on warm sunny days and to even take up water when the ground is not frozen. Likewise, most of our wildlife do not have the luxury of taking the winter off. Their main chores are keeping fueled up

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Native Gardens of Blue Hill
creating public gardens of Maine native plants
Blue Hill, Maine