Frosted garden

I’m a day late posting this one. We have had heavy frost for a few days in a row. Not unusual for the time of year. The difference this year is that it has not thawed during the day. The temperature has stayed below freezing point day and night.

Each day’s frost is added to the previous day’s. The result is that every surface is covered in beautiful long spikes. It looks like something out of a fairytale book. The Ice Queen could sweep round the corner at any moment and not look out of place.

It is fragile and started to thaw today as we briefly went above freezing. Everyone I met, commented about how beautiful it was.

The trees were thickly covered with frost. I drove up to the Mendips, which is exposed and colder. The trees there were white, as if covered with snow, but the roads were clear, apart from an icing sugar sprinkling which had fallen from the trees. I wish I had taken my camera.

While most of the country is dealing with snow, I think we are lucky to be enjoying Jack Frost’s handiwork.

20 thoughts on “Frosted garden

  • Thursday 9 December, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Cheryl, those photos are absolutely beautiful.
    I think winter makes up for its horrible coldness with its outstanding beauty.
    Em xxxx

    • Thursday 9 December, 2010 at 2:13 pm

      I’m sure you about winter balancing it out. Its just a question of us looking for it. I was pleased that people talked about how beautiful it was and not so much about the cold.

  • Thursday 9 December, 2010 at 1:12 am

    Just GORGEOUS and magical.

    I leave our plants standing even when winter arrives, for the wildlife yes, but also for the beautiful art it becomes once covered with ice and snow!

    happy day!

    • Thursday 9 December, 2010 at 2:20 pm

      I’ve not thought of leaving the plants for the aesthetic value, but you are right. We too don’t tidy up the garden in Autumn, so that the bugs and other creatures have somewhere to overwinter. Now I’m going to have a fresh appreciation of the winter garden, when I look out.

  • Thursday 9 December, 2010 at 3:58 am

    Your pictures are gorgeous! Nature is really amazing. Your garden looks enchanted!

    • Thursday 9 December, 2010 at 2:32 pm

      There is a real fairytale feel to the landscape. It seems to have lifted people’s spirits. Probably helps that our roads are clear unlike the Northern regions.

  • Thursday 9 December, 2010 at 5:35 am

    Wow! I have never in my life seen frost like that. How beautiful. I’m so glad for people like you who can appreciate it and share. Thanks xo

    • Thursday 9 December, 2010 at 2:37 pm

      I’m with you on this one. I can’t remember seeing the frost build up like it has this week. It has thawed now, but it added a bit of magic to the day while it lasted. Very happy to share.

  • Thursday 9 December, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Oh how gorgeous! Love these shots!

    • Thursday 9 December, 2010 at 2:39 pm

      It was such an unusual sight that I could not help capturing it before it thawed. Not often our roses have ice white thorns.

  • Thursday 9 December, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    These are so beautiful. I have never seen frost look like this before. I can see now how the Jack Frost stories started.

    • Thursday 9 December, 2010 at 11:54 pm

      I have not seen spikey frost like this before. I can well imagine that Jack Frost is having fun.

  • Thursday 9 December, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    That rose is stunning – we have had frost here too but it has built up in thick crystals like diamonds – I love your long thorns of ice, you are right it is very fairy tale and very beautiful! xx

    • Thursday 9 December, 2010 at 11:48 pm

      I’m fascinated that we got spikes while your frost turned into diamonds. I’m sure someone somewhere will know the reason. The build up of frost is so pretty. I hope you are able to enjoy your landscape.

  • Tuesday 14 December, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Those pictures are amazing. I love the way ice forms like that.

    • Wednesday 15 December, 2010 at 12:55 am

      Surprisingly, since the thaw, the rose has survived. How tough is that!

  • Wednesday 15 December, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Spectacular! We never get anything like that where we live in California. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Wednesday 15 December, 2010 at 10:41 am

      It was a surprise to us. We get frost but it doesn’t last longer than late morning. Glad you liked the photos.

    • Wednesday 15 December, 2010 at 10:48 am

      It certainly was stunning. We’ll have more frost, but I’m not sure it will look quite like it did in these photos.

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