Frosty Morn

Since we started blogging here last December, so recent yet it seems like second nature now, much has been learned about the appreciation of calm beauty in the garden. Trying to capture the mood of early morning, the stillness and serene pleasure of a light frost glistening as the sun rises to melt away that cold with its spring tinted rays, is a worthy pursuit.

Nature bestows a sugary frosting on the most humble of plants growing here.

There is no foretelling how the crystals will form on the edges of petals and leaves, or how the camera will display that random sprinkling.

Viewed from afar,

Or in macro mode,

The delight to the senses remains the same. The cold, crispness of the windless air in the early morning is fleeting at this time of year here in the foothills of southeast Tennessee.

The frost is gentle, it does no harm to the hellebore blossoms.

It does not mar the striped foliage of the greigii tulip leaves.

The columbine leaves seem almost glad of their enhanced handsomeness.

Mosses and heucheras that combined by themselves, no human interference in this self sown stone step sampling, are proudly wearing their glaze.

The quality of the early morning light is well documented.

Its magic wand has gifted the earth with fairy dust. Even the lowly ribbon grass

is promoted to photogenic majesty. But as the golden orb rises higher in the sky, the temperature of the air will cause the diamonds to melt away.

Still stunning, but more earthly than otherworldly, the iris reticulata ‘Harmony’ returns to normalcy.

There is still great beauty in the garden as one gazes upon spring’s offerings, and secrets are still secured within the ground. Frosts on flowers in full bloom are wondrous and will be held in the mind’s eye fondly as the passage of the season progresses.


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19 Responses to Frosty Morn

  1. Sherry at the Zoo says:

    Awesome pictures! I hope all your plants are OK with this snow and frost!

  2. Frances, says:

    Sherry, Thanks. Usually I don’t worry but this year is different. It is in the twenties right now and lots of daffs and hellebores are in full bloom. Nothing can be done, way too many to try and cover, so we’ll just hope for the best.

  3. Carol says:

    I did wonder if your morning was colder than you would normally expect for this time of year in Tenn.

    None-the-less, you have done a wonderful job of capturing the beauty of frost in the morning light.

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

  4. GardenJoy4Me says:

    Frances … what beautiful pictures !
    I love taking pictures after a first frost .. plants still look amazing in October when that happens here .. but with all this snow .. I shake my head .. it will take ages to even seen the ground.

  5. lintys says:

    Beautiful photography Frances! Your sugar-coated garden looks lovely this morning! Linda

  6. Frances, says:

    Carol, thanks. It started out so cold and frosty but is now warming up. The usual roller coaster ride.

    Joy, thanks. Hope you can see your ground soon!

    Linda, Thanks. It does look sugary, or did, the sun is warmer today, thank goodness.

  7. Crafty Gardener says:

    Lovely photos. Nothing beats the sun sparkling on some frost and snow. I’m sure your plants will be fine.

  8. brokenbeat says:

    after reading, i take a deep breath, tilt my head back to gulp down a mouthful of coffee, rub my sleepy eyes, and am completely at peace. awesome, frances.

  9. Piondröm says:

    thise year it is wery difficult, you dont expect it to be so wormth so early.
    Our plants have not come so far so when the frost nomes it dont do so much harm.
    Wery nice pick even if there is frost on them 😉
    Have a nice weekend Ken

  10. Frances, says:

    Crafty, Thanks. Hope so.

  11. Frances, says:

    brokenbeat, Thanks. Glad to hear you are relaxed, that is always good.

    Ken, Thanks for visiting. The weather has been weirder than usual this year, and colder as well. We will hope the plants can adjust.

  12. Pam/Digging says:

    Your frosted flowers look quite pretty. I notice you have a good deal of blue and purple going on in your garden, as I do. I just wish I had a stand of cheery yellow daffs, like you.

  13. Frances, says:

    Pam, thanks. When I was buying the violas in the fall, all they had left everywhere was blues and purples. But that’s okay because the tulips in the knot garden beds are white with green stripes, a viridiflora, called spring green. Those early daffs are my most favorite flower, so bright and cheerful, they are the milepost of spring’s arrival.

  14. Gail says:


    A really lovely post…I enjoyed each photo and your loving and respectful words describing the beauty in your yard.


  15. Frances, says:

    Gail, Thanks for those nice words. I was in a weird kind of mood when it was written, sort of philosophical.

  16. shirl says:

    Hi again, Frances 🙂

    What a lovely tour of your frosted garden. Lovely, lovely! Your photos and words combined painted such a beautiful picture 😀

  17. Frances, says:

    shirl, thank you so much for visiting and commenting.

  18. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Your garden is way ahead of ours despite your frost. Love those little iris. I have a smaller clump of them. I can’t wait to see them for real.

  19. Frances, says:

    Lisa, those iris have mulitplied over the years. More need to be planted, the squirrels have eaten some :-<

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