Frosted fennel seed-head

Frosty Christmas Decorations

As this is the last post here before Boxing Day, I reckoned it was time to post some natural ‘Christmas decorations’ created by the frost. These are from a couple of years ago – there hasn’t been enough frost for photography yet this year. (But there probably will be in January, as it’s usually colder then.)

I’m relieved that we haven’t had much frost yet because I have lots of plants sitting around in pots. They’re waiting for me to use them in a border renewal, but work has gone more slowly than I expected. The plants will probably be OK, because they’re in quite big pots and are mostly very hardy. Even so, I always feel a bit guilty about the possibility that they may freeze and worry about them making it ’til next spring.

The border I’m re-planting is an area that has partly been taken over by Japanese anemones. It stretches to the side of the new pond. (The pond is still a big black hole at the moment – I’m hoping that it will fill up with rain or snow over the winter.) It feels good to be able to keep going with this while the weather isn’t too cold.

Until it does get really wintry, I’ll keep pottering about in the garden. For Christmas though, I’ll take refuge in the warmth indoors. I’ll probably spend most of the time curled up on the sofa with hubby and the two cats, lots of good books, plenty of tasty food and (very likely) a generous amount of wine. (Maybe even something decent on the TV.) Whatever you’re doing this Christmas, I hope that it’s a good one, and that it brings you much happiness. I wish you and your families and friends good health and good cheer. 🙂

28 thoughts on “Frosty Christmas Decorations

  1. Your decorations are the best kind: delicate, beautiful, and natural. Granted, they’re ephemeral, too — one bit of warm wind and they’re gone — but there always will be more. Enjoy your Christmas and all the days that follow. It’s such a special time of the year!

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    1. Thank you! I hope that you have a lovely Christmas and New Year – relaxed, happy and healthy! We just might get a bit of frost before Christmas, so maybe there will be a chance for more photos… 🙂

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  2. Happy Christmas Ann! My garden, tiny as it is, is mud instead of grass as a result of builders for 12+ weeks using it for their materials, but, the planted boxes, pots. border are flowering despite render and paint being thrown over.

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    1. Hi Mary! I hope that your Christmas and New Year is very happy and healthy! It’s amazing what plants will put up with! We had builders creating a bit of a mess here a couple of years ago, so I know what it’s like. I hope that your garden recovers fully in spring. (And maybe the pandemic will have subsided by then – one can hope! We’ve managed to have ‘In Stitches’ meetings through summer and up to early December, so I’ve seen Jos a few times. She seems well and to stay in good spirits. 🙂 )

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    1. I hope you have a very happy, relaxed Christmas Stephanie! We love just being able to take it easy at this time of year. And if I’m lucky, there might be a bit of frost before Christmas, so I may get back into the garden with my camera. 🙂

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    1. It’s lovely to be able to just take it easy for a while – feels very indulgent. I hope you have a lovely Christmas and that the New Year is better for us all. 🙂

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  3. Love your first photo, how beautiful! Have a cosy Christmas, vastly different to here where we’ll probably be seeking shade and a cool breeze! Stay safe and well you two, and warm and cosy 🙂 Merry Christmas.

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  4. As you have seen, we have been visited by frosts already but not heavy ones which we did get here overnight with the temperature dropping into the teens F.
    I am sure we’ll be touching base before Saturday but if not, have a Happy Christmas, Ann! 🙂

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  5. Sorry, for the sake of photographs, that you haven’t had more frost. And speaking of ornaments, we were at the edge of a suburban subdivision today and found a couple of Christmas ornaments on the ground at the beginning of still undeveloped land. Eve brought them home and cleaned them up.

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