A Bowl of Frosties!

Crocosmia with Miscanthus, Artemisia and Persicaria

Crocosmia with Miscanthus, Artemisia and Persicaria

Boy, is it cold today! Takes us all by surprise! A pleasant one, however, after this wet and weary spell.

Well, my first choice of title, was to be “A Touch of Frost”, but it had already been used. But a touch of frost is what this post is all about.

How wonderful is the first real winter frost! It transforms the garden from a dull, mushy brown to a winter wonderland. It defines all the leaf edges and foliage detail, with crisp whiteness. This is when you pat yourself on the back for including all the grasses, and structural plants.

Deschampsia cespitosa

Deschampsia cespitosa

Miscanthus "Morning Light" with fennel

Miscanthus “Morning Light” with fennel

In the Grass Garden, the silvery Miscanthus grass, “Morning Light”, becomes even more silvery, set against the backdrop of frosted fennel seed heads.

Even the functional Allotment, takes on a picturesque quality.

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The last of the sweet pea flowers twinkle out of its frosted tepee, looking somewhat like an early Christmas tree!

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The wayward stems of the Japanese Wineberry, still with its autumn coloured leaves, are now edged with white.

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And the frost outlines the box balls, accentuating their crisp, structural qualities.

Mahonia japonica

Mahonia japonica

Elsewhere, in the garden, the frost picks out the scented shrubs, giving the Mahonia japonica, just starting to flower, the appearance of a sparkling star.

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Most of the flowers are now long gone, but the raspberry flower heads of the sedum, looks like fruits that have been dusted with icing sugar.

And talking of raspberry tones….

Cotinus "Grace"

Cotinus “Grace”

….isn’t the last of Grace’s leaves, stunning etched in white?

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Despite the sterling work done this year by our lovely “Annabelle”, she is still looking wonderful in her old age. As the song says “Silver threads among the gold”.

If this is what winter has in store, then bring it on!

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10 thoughts on “A Bowl of Frosties!

  1. Julie

    You had a better frost than us last night, we have escaped the worst of the fog too. Although Monday morning we woke up to a our first decent frost and I really love to see it on the garden but just do not like the accompanying icy roads.

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    1. thelonggardenpath Post author

      Yes, ice and frost makes gardens and the countryside so beautiful, but that is the down side – having to travel. Today I didn’t have to, so was able to really appreciate its beauty.

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  2. thelonggardenpath Post author

    I must confess to being no early bird! Unable to get out earlier, these were taken about 10.30. I did worry it may be too late to get the best shots, but it lingered long enough. The afternoon rain quickly put paid to it!

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  3. Christina

    The first frost is special and you’ve captured that lovely feeling of everything being dusted in icing sugar perfectly. I hope we have a few frosty mornings, we need some cold weather this year; today it is raining, not cold, just raining! AGAIN!

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    1. thelonggardenpath Post author

      How downright miserable for you! I do hope you get some good old fashioned winter weather – complete with bright blue skies! That’s all that was missing here on our frosty morning!

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  4. thelonggardenpath Post author

    Thank you, Cynthia. I love a good frost and the beautiful pictures it creates, but it’s not without its problems. Thankfully, I don’t have too many tender plants that may succumb to the temperatures, and they are in pots which are now housed under glass. So I can enjoy the spectacle without too much concern.

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