If the [snow] fall has been heavy, the contours of the garden are transformed. Each shrub is quite enveloped, each tree sagging with its unaccustomed burden. This protective blanket safeguards previous plants from sharp attacks of forst and cold; far better that they should stay covered than that the snow should melt too quickly, leaving the sap to freeze in the stems. But this advantage is secondary to the beauty of the garden under the snow.
"The Garden In Winter"