Frosted flower of red scabious (Knautia macedonica)

A Frosty Bunch

The frost caught the last few flowers that have been holding on in the garden. I love to see the effects of this and always hope that there will still be something around to be decorated by the first frosts. Some years it’s too mild here for that, and by the time the frost does arrive, the flowers are long gone.

Frosted flower of Scabiosa atropurpurea
A frosted flower and seed head of Scabiosa atropurpurea

But this year I’ve been lucky and still have some flowers, even now that it’s December. (I still find that surprising because there would have been none at all if we were still living in Scotland. Our garden there really seemed to go to sleep in winter.) And there are also the winter flowers – the newly emerged little yellow stars of winter jasmine and the glowing yellow buds of mahonia and pink ones of Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’. (These are just starting to open.)

I think the fact that there is still life happening in my garden at this time of year does a lot for my well-being. There are still interesting things to see (and photograph), and of course, lots more work to do!

Frosted flower of Geranium 'Rozanne'
Frosted flower of Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Being able to get outside into the garden is a real benefit at the moment, when Covid restrictions make it difficult to leave home. At least I don’t have to be stuck indoors and I can enjoy my (chilly!) garden without having to worry about the dreaded virus. Of course, I’ll be even happier when I can safely invite friends nearby to come and spend time in my garden with me. Luckily my online friends can visit easily and without any health risks!

Frosted flowers of Cosmos
The last of the cosmos flowers caught the frost too.

16 thoughts on “A Frosty Bunch

    1. They are amazing little flowers because they flower for months and the bees love them too. (Plus they self-seed happily here.) So it’s one of the most likely flowers to be around when the frost gets here.

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    1. I think these are the last couple of flowers of the year – the plant will soon be bare. Rozanne doesn’t flower as prolifically at one time as the other geraniums do, but does have some flowers for months. Great when I’m looking for something to photograph! 🙂

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    1. Maybe someday Syd…when the Covid is just a memory! Actually, though, I’m just using these on my blog – they’re at a higher ISO setting than I’d normally use for prints. I really need to use my tripod and a slower shutter speed more. (A stabilised lens is making me lazy!) Thanks for the lovely comment! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Steve! There are a few flowers yet – mahonia, viburnum and winter jasmine are all in flower now and there’s a little winter clematis too. (So I haven’t quite run out of flower yet. 🙂 )

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    1. Thanks Jill! We do have a few things that flower at this time of year – mahonia, viburnum and winter jasmine have all just started flowering and there always seems to be one or two other flowers at their last gasp in December. The frost makes it all look prettier – luckily! (It’s all wet and rainy now though.)

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