First Frost

We had our first frost yesterday morning and I enjoyed a few moments in the garden inspecting the changes. It’s much later than usual.
In previous years our first frost has always been during the first week of October.

frost

In the pond Iris pseudacorus has become brown and limp but there is beauty in the frosted leaves I think. There are plenty of fresh young wild flowers in the saturated meadow including buttercups, daisies and cow parsley.

In the Bluebell Wood the fallen leaves are outlined with a ring of frosty icing and the ivy – hardy Hedera helix is alive and vigorous despite the cold.

Frozen-Leaves

There were plant skeletons in the gravel Garden too. These were not frosted as they grow close to the house in a sheltered pocket.
Here are the spidery remains of Euphorbia characias, a single foxglove stalk with decaying seed pods, the scented remains of Lavender flower stalks and delicate looking heads of Bronze Fennel.

December-Seedheads

Fennel-Feature

At last the rain has stopped so I’m gathering fallen leaves again!
Have you had frost in your garden yet?   Gillian 🙂

I am linking up with Judith at Lavender Cottage Gardening today for Mosaic Monday.
Why not pop along to see what’s happening elsewhere in the world?

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16 thoughts on “First Frost

  1. There’s nothing prettier than the added lacy edges of leaves a frost creates. I love the structure of the fennel seed head, much like the Queen-Annes-Lace throughout my butterfly garden.
    We had a frost back in November but are in an unusually mild spell right now when the ground should be frozen and covered with snow.

    1. Thanks very much Donna. Seasonal changes are what I love most about gardening I think. And you are quite right, winter gives us the opportunity to spot lovely details.

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