You can't get too much winter in the winter. (Robert Frost)
1. Why the plant tying and covering? When it started getting cold, properly cold, like around 0C, people started covering the plants and hedges in their front yards with heshan and tying hedges with string. I thought it was just an aesthetic thing but now that there are regular snow falls that cover everything and sit heavily on those very plants and hedges, it all makes sense. The plants are protected from the heavy snow and the piles of snow pushed from the road by the snow ploughs. What I don't understand, still, is why some plants aren't covered up?
Have you ever lived in a cold place? What things made it different from other cold places?