A touch of frost

After weeks of mild, wet weather, winter finally gave us a reminder of what she will soon be bringing us with a cold night and a shiny, frosty morning today. It was sad to see the dahlias finally slain but I am hoping the cold will bring the last of the oak leaves down so I can get the autumn clean up finally completed. I just hope it stays dry for a few days so I can get on the soil and cut down perennials and get rid of the last weeds.

Frost spells the beginning of winter but has its own beauty. As the sun moves across the frozen garden like a searchlight it evaporates the icy perfection and the intense beauty is as fleeting as the most delicate spring flower.

Persicaria highlighted by frost

Persicaria highlighted by frost

Leaves on the new hornbeam hedge adopt a new beauty

Leaves on the new hornbeam hedge adopt a new beauty

One of the thousands of new aquilegias decided not to wait till next year to bloom - and got a nasty surprise

One of the thousands of new aquilegias decided not to wait till next year to bloom – and got a nasty surprise

Low sun sliding across the frosted lawn gives the garden a new look

Low sun sliding across the frosted lawn gives the garden a new look

A humble cabbage sparkles with its skin of ice

A humble cabbage sparkles with its skin of ice

A humble, bolted lettuce is transformed from a failure to an ornament by frost

A humble, bolted lettuce is transformed from a failure to an ornament by frost

The corrugated leaves of black Tuscan kale exaggerate the frost and seem dipped in sugar like the tastiest doughnut

The corrugated leaves of black Tuscan kale exaggerate the frost and seem dipped in sugar like the tastiest doughnut

No more flowers in the rose garden for a few months

No more flowers in the rose garden for a few months

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6 Comments on “A touch of frost”

  1. joy
    November 24, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

    looks lovely shame its so cold with it lol . great for the dug garden though

  2. thelonggardenpath
    November 25, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    The beauty of frost and how it transforms the garden, is spectacular!

    • thebikinggardener
      November 26, 2014 at 7:58 am #

      Things look less lovely now that the few tender plants are now limp and brown

  3. sueturner31
    November 25, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    The frost lasted longer today than yesterday….plus we had fog….but it still looks beautiful… šŸ™‚

    • thebikinggardener
      November 26, 2014 at 7:57 am #

      Yes fog makes the garden special too – accentuating the value of big blocks of evergreens and hedges

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