I was in back in Montreal recently, visiting relatives and friends. In November, people start wrapping their trees and shrubs to protect them from the road salt and the cold. Some Montrealers (my good friend among them) scoff at such measures. I have to admit, growing a shrub like boxwood there is quite a stretch. Perhaps people should stick with plants that can take the harsh winter conditions.
I wrote about this when I was there last year, but I couldn’t resist taking some new photos this time. So, for your viewing pleasure (and amusement) here is more gift -wrapped greenery:
I was walking my friend’s dog, and he was afraid of these. Maybe he’s onto something…..
Finally, no winter protection is complete without coir – or in this case rubber – to cover the slippery stairs.
I think people should try to plant shrubs that can survive the winter without elaborate protection. However, having lived for so long in Rhode Island, I have forgotten what those plants are in Montreal. I do like the rubber mats, especially the way they’re cut to fit the contours of the stairs.
I think the “ghost shrubs” are silly, though.