Saturday, December 1, 2012

A Cold and Frosty Morning

We had our first proper heavy frost this week, cold enough to blacken most (but not all) of the dahlias.

Frosted echinops seed heads


and frosted echinops leaves, curling like a knarled old hand.


Just the edges of the ferns were frosted, as though they'd been dipped into icing sugar,


but the hollyhock bud had a major dusting.


The frosted rose petals glistened in the sun


while the frost on the eucalyptus seemed to intensify the bluey grey colour.


The Vibernum Farreri buds had also been sharply frosted


but those higher up were already catching the sun and the frost was melting into tiny droplets of water.


It never ceases to amaze me how these winter flowers can cope with being frozen and then still open and fill the air with scent.

It's supposed to be another cold one tonight - I hope you all keep warm, I shall be found in front of the fire with my knitting :-)

9 comments:

Magic Cochin said...

Beautiful observations and photos.
While the fire gets going I'll go and do some ironing, listen to the radio and then get supper in the oven.
THEN I too will be in front of the fire with my knitting.

Celia
xx

Jo said...

I think the front of the fire with a bit of knitting is the best place to be on cold evenings. We've had our first proper frosts this week too.

elaine rickett said...

The drop in temperature has been quite noticeable this week especially on the car windows - the log burner is pumping out heat and I shall be curled up doing my needlepoint cushion.

Emma said...

Lovely pics - it's very cold but not quite that frosty up here.

Toffeeapple said...

We have had hard frosts for the last few nights too, it has all looked marvellous but I am not looking forward to snow.

Your images are lovely, aren't flowers marvellous for hanging on like that?

Iz said...

Love the seedheads. I couldn't resist a few photos this morning, either - the good thing about a heavy frost is it makes my neglected garden look beautiful!

CATHERINE DANIEL said...

Gorgeous photos - so long as it's bright, I don't mind the cold. But the East Anglian greyness of winter is too much! xCathy

Laura said...

so beautiful... I love a frosty morning:-)

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

What beautiful images. I was out with my camera in the frost this morning (-4 !) but there weren't many flowers to be seen.