The answer to that would be - No, it does not. A windless day here is something to write home about. The difficulties it presents in each season vary. In summer it knocks down my taller plants. A bit of extra staking can be required.
|A strong wind had everyone leaning to the left this summer|
In winter the effects of the swirling and gusting is particularly noticeable and baffling.
|Wind gusts turn snow banks into hazards as it becomes |
difficult to see with the air full of flying snow
|A fortuitous wind pattern meant digging a path to the shed was unnecessary|
As you can see in the above photo, we didn't need to dig our way to the shed. But some of you noticed in my last post our entire porch was clear of snow while a foot was piled directly in front of the door. You win some, you lose some.
|Banks 3 feet high around the shed but a path perfectly cleared right to the grass|
I still haven't figured out exactly why the wind moves the snow in certain ways or where it will place it. Every storm brings a new pattern. I was quite surprised this weekend to find my rose hedge almost completely obliterated by a snow drift.
Some things make sense. Our overgrown meadow with its masses of wildflowers and grass captures a lot of snow in the dead foliage. The front lawn, perfectly mown, does not catch the snow and in many spots I can see the grass peeking through. This is one of the reasons we are trying to rejuvenate our old hedgerow. Instead of watching the snow blow away, a growing hedge will capture the snow. That snow will protect plants by insulating them over the winter and will eventually melt in spring keeping the ground moist through summer.
Other drifts baffle me though. From our house to the veggie garden the lawn is quite flat. In summer it looks like this.
|There's roses behind there somewhere|
|Our hedgerow mostly consists of Goldenrod but that is |
enough to create a snowdrift 4 - 5 feet high
After the latest storm the normally flat lawn rolls up and down
A trip to the garage would require waders, or snowshoes, at this point.
Despite bent plants and poor driving I do like the wind in some ways. It turns an otherwise plain landscape into a sculptural feast for the eyes.
Do you have to consider wind in your garden?