It was a rare snowy Christmas here in Seattle. Crunchy and light, the snow was perfect for a Christmas Eve snowball fight out on my parent’s farm. The temperature never dropped below 31° and the roads were fine—an ideal hit of snow.

The bright green in the picture is a giant chain fern (Woodwardia fimbriata). I keep it potted to move it around but also to protect it on days like this. They can get huge, so to maximize its size I’ll probably put it in the ground next year and sacrifice its container-based winter interest.