Winter rest (from the German term Winterruhe) is a state of reduced activity of plants and warm-blooded animals during winter. This way, they save energy during cold weather with limited access to food sources. Winter rest is different from true hibernation, since the metabolism is not reduced drastically and animals like the raccoon can get active again fast if temperatures rise or the snow melts.
Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_rest - 20.06.2011
In nature there is still the good change of times full of growth and eager activities and times of rest.
. . . a rest, which is the cradle for new liveliness and fullness.