Winter showed up last night. It is remarkable how fast the ground can freeze. It isn’t solid yet, but the first hard freeze, where the ground is hard and any footprint or mark from the day before is preserved, unchanging, in a frozen state. This is different from a killing frost or even an early cold snap. The ground is drier, colder, somehow. It will thaw again, according to the forecast; but from now to spring the plants are truly dormant and just waiting.