As the cold season tightens its grip on the garden, loosening ever so slightly only to firm up its grasp even more, the final gasps of persistent plants are apparent. Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ stands strong in the face of frost. For now.
Roses, in particular red Rosa ‘Altissimo’ that throws out a late blossom on the ever rarer warm and sunny days become sprinkled in frost.
Confused Dianthus ssp., most of which are volunteer seedlings that arise in the pathways, are caught wearing their colorful dancing dresses.
Evergreen furry foliage of lambs ear, Stachys byzantina is splashed with crystals.
Deciduous foliage of Northern maidenhair fern, Adiantum pedatum that persists on the stem catches the frost and sparkles in the light of the new day.
Even the mosses that become more verdant in the cold are ringed in rime.
The shapes are varied and beautiful of the hoar frost, illustrated by the wild aster against the purple smoke tree, Cotinus coggygria and written about previously here.
Frozen fingers on the shutter of the camera are a small price to pay to be able to capture the magic of persistence in the face of frost. Above: Rosa ‘Touch of Class’
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