Guns ‘n Roses might have gotten it wrong because we’ve been getting rain here in Northern Wisconsin. In late December. It is so strange and so atypical. Heck, Christmas Day was warmer than both Halloween and Thanksgiving!
I’m unsure how this new winter-time meteorological event will impact the garden. The existing snow is melting and becoming this hard, ice-like brick of immovable cold sitting on top of everything. This means the snow that had fallen heavy on the Yew hedge has now become perilously heavy and awkward, splaying branches out wide and trapping others under its crust. I went out during a break in the rain to use a small pitch fork to gently lift what chunks of it I could in the hopes that the branches would slowly (given the unseasonably warm temperatures) work their way back to somewhere near upright.
The rest of the garden will, likely, have a thick coat of sludgy ice over it all when this is all over. It won’t insulate as well as the snow had and it may cause damage I’ve not even considered yet. But, given that we have at least 3+ more months of winter weather, there’s not much to be done about it.
There is a rumour of more heavy snow to come early next week, so if that comes, I won’t worry about the less hardy plants. But what a seesaw we’ve been on already! How is winter faring in your neck of the woods? More atypical weather, or steady as she goes? I’m fascinated to see if other places are seeing as much weird weather as we are.