November’s Wild Mood Swing
On Friday and Saturday Chicago got the biggest November snow storm in 120 years. Which is strange, because for about three weeks November had been doodling along acting like a nice October. Then suddenly there’s a wild mood swing and it feels like we’re in January.
On Friday it felt like suddenly the world had been transformed into black and white. First there was rain, which froze as the temperature descended. When the snow came, it was wet and heavy.
Perennials, shrubs, and tree limbs bowed under the weight. During the night I was awoken by the sound of branches breaking. Fortunately none of my trees or shrubs had serious damage.
Our bird baths were full of freezing slush, so I emptied the fountain and set up the heated bird bath, which I refer to as the Bird Jacuzzi.
Our ‘Golden Raindrops’ Crabapple was still holding onto its leaves when the snow came.
On Sunday the sky cleared and the sun shone, but it was still cold.
The ice on the branches glittered a bit in the sunshine.
The bird feeders were busy. Cardinals, Woodpeckers, Chickadees, Juncos, and Redpolls were fortifying themselves against the cold.
Has winter made an early surprise visit to your garden?