Six on Saturday. 2.12.2023

I had thought I wouldn’t be able to do a post today as the only flowers that I have are the ones you saw last week. However, the weather had other ideas and frost descended in the night and left a dusting of white everywhere. We had a flurry of snow on Thursday followed by sleet but it didn’t amount to much, not worth photographing anyway, so I was very pleased to find quite a difference this morning when the sun finally decided to get up and show me what was outside.

No 1

Rusty robin edged in white is just outside the back door. The real robin is frantically feeding at the bird table to keep warm.

No 2

View from the landing window, looking down the drive to the fields beyond.

No 3.

Cotoneaster horizontalis under the kitchen window, now edged in white so that the leaves look variegated.

No 4.

Box balls in the rose garden. When it snows these look like iced muffins.

No 5.

One of the box balls showing the prickly frost on the leaves.

No 6

I must cut the rest of the roses down so that I have a better view of the box balls. In the summer they can hardly be seen under the billowing roses, it is now that they come into their own and keep the rose garden looking interesting over the winter months.

I didn’t want to walk on the frosty lawn, so all my photos had to be taken from paths round the house. It was very cold outside taking the photos, so I was as quick as possible, but at least the dreadful east wind of Thursday has gone, that day it was bitterly cold and never got above freezing. I will be staying inside for the rest of today, lots of layers on, keeping nice and warm! Thanks to Jim for hosting once more.

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24 Responses to Six on Saturday. 2.12.2023

  1. Rosie Amber says:

    Love these frosty pictures. The box balls do look good.

  2. Jim Stephens says:

    I’d find it easier to enjoy the spectacle of frost if I didn’t grow so many borderline hardy plants. I was too busy fretting this morning to even notice it.

  3. Topdock says:

    The closeups of frost on leaves and blooms are very eye catching.

  4. Graeme says:

    That’s a great view in number 4 and I love the Cotoneaster… although not as much as the rusty robin.

  5. Frank says:

    Your photos are exceptional, you’ve really captured the light perfectly on the frost this week… although I’m sure you won’t mind when things warm a bit again! Similar here, probably a little colder but now warm again and although it’s decent to be outsside working I think I’m ready for a winter rest.

  6. Denise says:

    Lovely photo of the spiky frost on the box ball Pauline. Could almost be a holly bush!

  7. Fred says:

    Beautiful frosty photos, my favourite is one with the boxwood topiaries (n°5) .Good idea not to walk on the lawn but hard to resist taking photos….

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Fred, glad you liked the photos. I resisted the temptation to walk on the grass, they were all taken from by the house so I could quickly get back in the warmth!

  8. Catherine says:

    I adore the atmosphere that the winter frost brings into the garden. Everything is so still, colours muted and plants covered or edged in frost. It’s a joy to be able to capture that moment in time. I love your view of the Box in the rose garden. Stay warm when you’re out there with the camera!

    • Pauline says:

      It was very still and quiet Catherine, mind you I only popped out for a couple of minutes to take the photos, it was so cold! I always like seeing the box balls in the winter, they are quite often hidden by the roses in the summer.

  9. Sarah Rajkotwala says:

    What a lovely winter wonderland! ❄ Love the photos of your field beyond, the frosty cotoneaster and lovely box balls. This is where formal clipped specimens really come into their own! It is going to be around 35 degrees Celsius for most of the week this week here! We will have the opposite issue of keeping cool rather than keeping warm! 💞☀️

    • Pauline says:

      Glad you like it Sarah! The rest of the country is having problems with the amount of snow that they have been having! For the next 5 months the box balls are the stars of the rose garden, I like to have something to look at when washing the dishes! 35C is a bit too hot for me, hope you manage to keep cool!

  10. snowbird says:

    Nature is amazing for sure. Just loved these frosty

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Dina, I agree, nature is wonderful, there is always beauty to be found no matter what the weather. Now back to non stop rain and flooding!x

  11. Oooh such lovely topiaries! They work so beautifully during the cold season.

  12. Lovely frosty pictures Pauline, especially the robin!

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