Finally! I’ve really been waiting months for this day. I awakened to a blanket of fluffy, diamond-like snow blanketing the Earth. Some adversaries of winter can’t understand why I enjoy this cold, white stuff so very much. Where do I begin? It is pure in color and adds a whole new dimension to the landscape…pine boughs drooping with powdered sugar, red twig dogwood aglow against the stark white snow, knowing that beneath it Hellebores are kept warm underneath their natural blanket, awaiting springtimes thaw. As a gardener, I enjoy the respite. This is the time I start pouring through my seed catalogs, dreaming of greener times. Maybe that’s the root of it, winter gives me hope. It provides me with something beautiful to dream about. That Technicolor, fragrant, intoxicating Southeastern Ohio spring.