Houseplants Cringe at Sight of Snow

This is what 5 feet of snow looks like… from a plant's point of view.
This is what 5 feet of snow looks like… from a plant’s point of view.

I can’t help feeling my houseplants are angry with me. As the snow builds up all around them, they seem to be saying “What are you doing? Get rid of that white stuff! It’s cutting off my light!” In the photo you can see the side of the greenhouse as the snow builds up. What you can’t see is that the roof is entirely covered in snow and has been since November. What use is a glass roof if it lets in no light during the darkest days of the year?

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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