The First Frost of Winter
I get a bit giddy when the first frost hits. I always hope it will land on a weekend, so I can take pictures during the pretty light of early morning. This year..I lucked out! The first frost in my neck of the woods occurred on a Saturday morning. Yippe! After a cup of coffee to clear the cobwebs..I dashed out in my pj's and bathroom to zip around the yard and see what story nature had to tell. (I have no doubt that I have the reputation of that 'crazy plant lady' in my neighborhood.)
Join me for a walk around the winter garden...
|A frosted frond on the Alaskan shield fern 'Polystichum setiferum divisilobum'|
Frost heightens the beauty of foliage. It accentuates the subtle lines and patterns at play. It brings the details we don't normally see into sharp relief. Colors get muted into 'heathered' tones, which are my favorite hues.
|abelia 'Sunshine Daydream'|
|Thuja occidentalis 'Golden Tuffet'|
Below, Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Curly Top' looks more silvery than usual. Evergreens provide four season enjoyment.
A smattering of foliage coated in a feathery layer of ice.
|Helenium 'Mardi Gras'|
|Physocarpus 'Little Devil'|
A few leaves from acer palmatum 'Twombly Red Sentinel' are still on the ground. This little leaf found its way to rest on Cryptomeria japonica 'Little Diamond'.
Not a complete tour of the gardens without a stop by feather reed grasses...Karl Foerster grass.
Always the first of my helleborus collection to bloom, Spring Promise 'Elly' is looking as elegant as a diamond crusted ballroom skirt. This variety begins to bloom in November or late October in my garden.
Sedum 'Autumn Joy' bathing in the colors of a pink sunrise.
Hello beautiful! This pretty dwarf Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Devon Cream' looks amazing at sunrise covered in frost. This is a slow growing variety that is a lovely shade of blue. Mine started at 6" and after 2 years is closing in on 12".
|Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Devon Cream'|
|Geranium sanguineum 'Maxi Frei'|
Sending happy winter wishes to all!