1 During the winter months, one sees a lot of burlap when visiting my farm.
2 These dome-shaped objects are burlap-covered Dwarf Korean standard lilac shrubs.
3 As you can see, snow has collected on the burlap, but it eventually slides off, leaving the shrub beneath intact.
4 The terrace garden
5 The stairs leading from the drive to the formal entrance to my home
6 More of the terrace - I also request that burlap be stitched around any urns that remain outdoors for the winter, like these two on either side of the steps.
7 After they've been emptied of plant material and soil, the urns are covered with a piece of plywood. They are then wrapped with heavy plastic and covered with burlap. Without such protection, cement urns could crack from exposure to the elements.
8 A view from the porch looking towards the stable
9 A big, round boxwood inside a boxwood hedge
10 Another large boxwood and considerable snow
11 The pathway to the drive - This recent snow was light for sweeping.
12 The boxwood hedge on the side of my house
13 This is the herbaceous peony bed surrounded by a boxwood hedge.
14 The same area
15 Another view of the peony garden and my house beyond
16 This is the long boxwood allee
17 Snow accumulation on the burlap
18 You can see that the boxwood shrubs have maintained their roundness and are not misshapen by the weight of the snow.
19 The burlap also shields the bushes from the wind.
20 Halfway down the allee looking towards the stable
21 At the far end of the allee - Covering the boxwood with burlap is a big job, but I think you'll agree that it's worth it!
22 Looking across the great lawn towards my house
23 A large boxwood and two standard wisteria at one end of the long pergola
24 Two giant burlap-covered urns at the entrance to the cutting garden
25 Beneath the shade pergola next to the main greenhouse is a collection of hypertufa garden pots planted with miniature trees and shrubs - a little Japanese garden, if you will. Of course, it's covered with burlap!
26 More wisteria and boxwood
27 Another view of the Dwarf Korean lilac standards
28 Now this is an interesting burlap cover!
29 You may be wondering why this tall boxwood has no burlap.
30 This is an American boxwood, which is more winter-hardy than the smaller English boxwood. These are treated differently during winter.
31 The American boxwood is wrapped with plastic netting. The netting supports the branches, protecting them from the weight of the snow.
32 Another view of the side of my home
33 This is an antique cement birdbath in the courtyard of the house. It's covered in the same way as the urns.
34 Another pair of urns
35 Garden statuary
36 This is the front of the Summer House with its burlap covering over boxwood hedges. This building is used as a library for my book collection and for entertaining.
37 Another view of the stable