The winter blues in BC take on a whole new picture. There's rarely any snow to cover the soggy brown landscape and the garden takes on quite a bedraggled appearance. It can be quite depressing after a week of rain to look out on the garden. Many shrubs and trees don't completely lose their leaves until the new buds break later in spring so they look a little like a very wet dog. However, the great upside is that if you can catch a break in the rain the temperatures don't keep you inside and you can find the garden to do a little work. Even with the soggy brown I wouldn't live any place else for the winter (lived in Neberaska for 27 years). My response to the ugly brown? Plant lots of winter color: Hollies, Hucheras, Pansies, lots of early bulbs, witchhazel, Daphne, and Heath. There's nothing quite like being able to smell the beautiful witchhazel in January. I can believe spring is coming.
I need to get a witchhazel. We have some wild on a piece of property a couple of miles from the farm and every year, I say I'm going to dig one up, but it hasn't happened yet. the big problem would be getting to it to smell it. There's about 4 feet of snow in the side yard where the gardens are - not to conducive to strolling right now. Enjoy your pansies for me!