Some Frost

It happened last weekend.

The inevitable, as surely as night follows day follows night.

A cloudless sky allowed the cold to penetrate the Fairegarden and gather around the blooming things.

Some flowers will bounce back as the warmth returns.

Some will continue to stand tall, slightly withered but still beautiful.

Some were just beginning to reach their full potential, cut down much too soon.

Some have provided many months of happy color and bright stamens for visiting pollinators.

Adieu, mon chรฉri, parting is such sweet sorrow.

Some we were not ready to release.

And for some, the touch of frost only enhanced their appearance.

The photos:

1. Rose ‘Knockout’
2. Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Firetail’
3. Pennisetum ‘Moudry’
4. Cuphea ‘Twinkle Pink’
5. Tagetes patula ‘Queen Sophia’
6. Tithonia rotundifolia
7. Cosmos sulphureus ‘Cosmic Orange’
8. Cactus flowered Zinnia
9. Dahlia ‘Gallery Cobra’
10. Muhlenbergia capillaris


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27 Responses to Some Frost

  1. Stunning photos Frances. Sad to have to say goodbye to some of your beauties, but you clearly have lots left yet!

    Hi Janet, thanks. Mostly what is left are the mums and violas that were recently planted. Evergreen shrubs and perennials will carry us through winter, along with still lovely grasses, among others. It is sad, though.

  2. Randy says:

    The rose photo is wow! i ALSO LOVED THE Tithonia photo. So far we have missed the frost under the trees here, the open areas down the road were iced up at least two days so far. The banana tree still smiles!

    Hi Randy, thanks. My camera does not like red, or the rose shot would be better. Glad you are still frost free. All things that could get burnt have been so. There is still plenty going on, but I need to pull the salvias.

  3. Karin says:

    Beautiful photos! I especially like the muhly grass. We got frost this weekend too. Of course we have warmed up again but the damage has been done.

    Hi Karin, thanks. Isn’t that the way of it? A hard frost kills so much then the weather warms right back up again. Oh well, it is time to move onward! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Hey Frances, that sure is some frost!

    Hi Helen, thanks. It hit us hard, then warmed back up.

  5. Valerie says:

    The touch of frost has its own beauty doesn’t it!

    Hi Valerie, thanks. It is beautiful, but so ephemeral. Having enough light for a photo but not so much as to melt the ice is the tricky part here. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Les says:

    I guess if it is time to say goodbye to some of these, at least they dressed up for the occasion. Lovely photos!

    Hi Les, thanks. What a lovely way to put it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Eileen says:

    I have never looked at frost as beautiful but it certainly is in your photos. We have had a couple of frosty nights, but it sure didn’t look this beautiful. Today, we are going to be in the 70’s – I know it wont last!


    Hi Eileen, thanks. It has been in the 70s here this week as well. Of course that is after the killing frost. That seems to be the way of it each year. It is time to pull the unattractives and leave the rest. Onward! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. debbie in knoxville says:

    Great photos.

    Thanks Debbie. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. That Muhly, what can I say, it even improves with a frost….

    I always find it a game of cat ‘n’ mouse at this time of year. You know, the weather people say minimum 39F, yet it could easily nudge a couple degrees less and I’d wished I’d covered things up!!! Do I, don’t I?

    Hi Rob, thanks. I had forgotten that the muhly gets more purple after a frost, really coming into its peak in November rather than September or October. Having lost several things needlessly, I say COVER! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Layanee says:

    I love these photos of flowers with frost kissed cheeks. Guess what follows frost? FrostING! It is coming.

    Hi Layanee, thanks. Yum! Frosting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    It’s that time of year. Your frosty photos are beautiful. Frost gives us the signal that it is time to slow down a bit. Always a welcome sight at the end of a long hot summer.

    Hi Lisa, thanks. It is coming to year’s end, hard to believe! Where did the year go? It is hard for me to slow down, but there are things indoors to keep me busy, and those falling leaves, of course. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Randy Andrson says:

    Thanks for the wonderful photos Frances! We have had our killing frost a couple of weeks ago and have been enjoying a wonderful Indian Summer.

    Hi Randy, thanks. It has warmed back up here after that hard frost as well. It is lovely to be outside without a jacket or even sweater. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Jenny B says:

    Lovely photos. It’s always sad to see some of the flowers hit by frost. My Zinnias are looking quite sad after our two frosts we have had here in the hill country north of Austin. Having to say goodbye to old friends is never easy. The sight of the sun hitting frost-kissed Pink Muhly is breathtakingly beautiful. Kind of makes up for those that are so tender.

    Hi Jenny, thanks. It is sad, and those zinnias are among those that will be most missed. Salvia coccineas are the others. But the salvias have left seeds in the gravel for next year’s fun. The muhly improves in color with the frost, it becomes more purple than pink is all. Things are as they should be for November here. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Rose says:

    Beautiful photos, Frances! We had a killing frost last week, but slugabed me didn’t get any photos of the last of the blooms. Now all I have is mush:) Those dahlias look especially stunning against the back drop of the blue tub, and the Pink Muhly just gets better looking each day.

    Hi Rose, thanks. I can understand your not getting out there, my fingers nearly froze to the bone taking these shots. But if you wait until it warms up, the frost is gone. We suffer for our art!!! HA ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Laurrie says:

    Jack Frost has quite a talent with the photoshop editing … really, the pictures are so striking they look like someone added glitter and outlines and high contrast effects. But it was all mother nature’s own work overnight and couldn’t be lovelier. Beautifully captured!

    Hi Laurrie, thanks so much. Nature is the best gardener, artist, everything! Each day brings more awareness of that humbling fact. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Leslie says:

    Your photos are simply beautiful…almost worth the loss to get to see such deadly beauty!

    Thanks Leslie. Deadly beauty, what an apt description!

  17. Ellada says:

    The rose is amazing.
    It looks like you put some sugar in your garden.
    Nice post.

    Thanks Ellada. That is a sweet thought, sugar frosting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Frost may be the great destroyer, but at least it gives things a special magical beauty first.

    Hi MMD, well said. My camera could not capture the glittery aura that day, but it was there. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. In a killing frost there is so much beauty. You photos captured it in all its glory. Brrr.

    Hi Donna, thanks. It was beautiful but my fingers were quite cold. I cannot click with gloves, it seems. I was wearing fingerless ones, but those exposed digits were frosty! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I know what you mean, gloves are difficult to do any work in, I know some can, but not me either. Plus the camera gets cold, which helps even less I am sure.

    Yes, Donna, so true. One of my cameras, the SX1, will not function at all when cold. I have learned to place it in a sunny spot inside before going out. Not good for spontaneity!

  20. Janet says:

    I think the ice crystals just enhance their magic. Very nice photos.

    Hi Janet, thanks. Capturing the ice on still perfect flowers is all about timing. The magic disappears in just minutes after the sun rises. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Kristi says:

    I love the frost photos. It makes everything look magical.

    Hi Kristi, thanks so much. Frost is a pretty, if deadly thing in the garden. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Lola says:

    Oh my, Ms Frances, the garden looks as though you had stood above & sprinkled the sweetness of sugar upon each bloom. How delectable they do look.

    Hi Lola, thanks. The ice does add a sweetness, bittersweet really since most things perish as the sunrays hit the frozen moisture holding cells of the petals.

  23. Town Mouse says:

    Great photos! Ah yes, the time has come. I’ve started wearing long underwear during my bike rides to work, and very warm gloves. Now where’s the rain?

    Hi Town Mouse, thanks. Your morning bike ride sounds exhilarating, but cold! Do you still ride in the rain?

  24. debsgarden says:

    I have never wanted to plant grasses, but your last photo makes me rethink my prejudice. Outstanding!

    Hi Deb, thanks. No grasses? I wouldn’t be without them, especially the muhly in fall, but others as well. They add so much movement and winter interest. I do hope you reconsider. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Gail says:

    Dear Frances, It’s beautiful, really lovely after a deep frost. ~I can’t help but think it’s nature’s way of easing the blow of the loss of the garden! “Here, take this sugar frosted piece of candy~Oh, and in exchange, I will take the tender plants away!” Not a bad exchange most of time. xxoogail

    Dear Gail, what a delightful thought! I so appreciate your take on things, always sweet, like the frosty sugar coating. xxxooo

  26. Praveshree says:

    Dear Frances, I’ve been hibernating through our winter and just came out of the cave. And your site is still the most inspiring page to visit. Thank you for the beautiful pictures and the commitment. Praveshree

    You are too kind, Praveshree, thank you. I am glad your winter is coming to an end. Ours is just beginning, but there will still be plenty going on in the garden and greenhouse. Several orchids are budded now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Looks like you’ve dusted those blooms with sugar… exquisite! And bravo to you for venturing out in the cold to capture these beautiful pictures.

    Hi Mereduit, thanks. That is such a nice thought, a sugar dusted garden. It was cold, but I survived. ๐Ÿ™‚

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