Our first frost.

When I woke up this morning it was still dark outside. While making my breakfast I happened to look out of the kitchen window and thought the grass was looking rather white. Sure enough, half an hour later showed the garden had had its first frost overnight, enough to make me explore with my camera, to find any frosted leaves.

These leaves were all photographed from the path round the house, I didn’t want to walk on the grass while it was frosty. The sun is up now and working its magic, soon the frost will be but a memory. The yucca flower spike looks fine, it doesn’t seem to have suffered any frost damage, thank goodness.

I have to go now and pick some herbs to make a nosegay for our WI meeting tonight, I hope they are still standing bright and perky!

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12 Responses to Our first frost.

  1. Alison says:

    We’ve had quite a few overnight frosts here as well. Normally I go around as soon as possible with my camera and photograph its effect on the leaves, but this year I just didn’t have the energy or motivation. Your photos are lovely, it certainly does make everything sparkle!

    • Pauline says:

      The frost makes me feel that another page has been turned in the gardening year Alison and we are nearly at the end, but then the beginning of another one is just around the corner! Everything looks so pretty when it sparkles.

  2. Denise says:

    Lovely photos Pauline. It does seem that whatever the season or the weather, nature provides something beautiful for us. When the temperature hovers around zero we are sometimes lucky enough to see ‘hair ice’ growing on dead wood in the forest. A quite remarkable sight.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Denise, you are so right, Nature always provides something lovely for us to admire. Hair Ice sounds amazing, I would love to see some!

  3. Frank says:

    I’ve always admired people who get out there in the cold early enough to catch the frost pictures. I was thinking of this post earlier when I looked out the window and saw the boxwood coated in white, but then brewed a coffee and sat down at the computer instead!
    For as long as I dread and worry about the first frost, it’s almost a relief when things get that final freeze. Like you said, it’s exciting to turn the next page and start anticipating the newest season, and there are always snowdrops 🙂

    • Pauline says:

      I think you are more sensible than I am Frank, coffee and computer sounds nice and cosy! Almost all the leaves are down, much earlier than usual, so the big clear up has started getting half the garden ready for where the snowdrops are. Then there will be the leaf mould mulch to spread, which they really enjoy, before I can finally have a rest and just enjoy the snowdrops.

  4. snowbird says:

    I do enjoy seeing the frosted leaves, loved yours. It has turned cold hasn’t it?xxx

  5. Cathy says:

    Yes, lots of pretty frosted effects here too, Pauline – it’s good to experience them before they disappear, isn’t it? Well done for being up and about in time!

    • Pauline says:

      I keep hoping to sleep later each morning now that the dark mornings are here Cathy, but my body clock still wants to get up at 5 am!!

      • Diana Studer says:

        Terrible prospect since I tend to go to bed at 2.

        Our weather forecasts are muttering about bits of snow on the high mountains and 15C tomorrow.

        • Pauline says:

          I have to totally disagree Diana, early morning is the best time!
          We might have snow by the end of the week, I hope not though as I have too much to do. Your snow would be good for your water problems though wouldn’t it, when it eventually melts?

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