|Picea pungens 'Fat Albert'|
|Picea pungens 'Fat Albert' and Clematis 'Jackmanii'|
|Hylotelephium 'Autumn Joy'|
|Itea virginica 'Little Henry'|
As I write this, it has warmed up to 46F and large areas of mulch have reemerged in the garden. If this is our only real taste of winter this year, I'll be disappointed. But as most gardeners will attest, satisfaction in the garden is an undefinable mix of hard work, good (perhaps lucky) choices and a willingness to accept what Mother Nature provides.