“A garden should be somewhere you want to go, every day of the year.”
John Massey VMH.
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.
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.
The last of the sweet pea flowers twinkle out of its frosted tepee, looking somewhat like an early Christmas tree!
The wayward stems of the Japanese Wineberry, still with its autumn coloured leaves, are now edged with white.
And the frost outlines the box balls, accentuating their crisp, structural qualities.
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.
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….
….isn’t the last of Grace’s leaves, stunning etched in white?
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!
I thought it was about time I showed you round our garden, so I’ve created a new page to my blog. It’s got a plan and everything! After all, I’m supposed to be able to design gardens, so I should be able to come up with a plan of my own!
If you fancy a look round, take a peek! You’ll find it at And now the plan! 🙂
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