From the Land of the White Witch
After careful analysis, I have concluded that Chicago’s recent weather has been caused by the White Witch. You remember the White Witch, who froze the land of Narnia into a 100 year winter in C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Can you offer a more plausible explanation for the otherworldly 65+ inches of snow we have gotten this season, about twice the average? If you can, I don’t want to hear it.
Wednesday night I got home from a business trip. It was snowing when I drove out of Chicago and it was snowing when I drove back. When I saw our house I noted that our driveway had been blockaded by a three foot wall of ice and snow thrown up by the snow plows.
Actually, our whole block looks like a giant snow fort. Someone could organize the neighborhood kids into a truly epic snowball fight.
After we broke through the snow blockade, Judy took her camera around to take pictures of the front garden.
I leave most plants up over the winter, and a number of them are obliging by breaking up the monotony of white in an interesting way. Switchgrass ‘Northwind’ (Panicum virgatum) has stayed vertical in spite of all the ice, snow, rain, and wind.
Seedheads of northern sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) are always ornamental, and some of the seeds are still hanging on.
Even the seedheads of the humble orange coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida) have a certain appeal in this season.
Also, I like the look of the ostrich fern’s (Matteuccia struthiopteris) fertile fronds against the snow.
Does the White Witch rule in your part of Narnia?