November 16, 2010

Jack the Lad

The garden has been served up to me on ice the past few mornings, brittle and white,  Jack Frost's calling card on every blade of grass and tree and plant.

grasses, dogwood and sedum
Brave flowers, some still in bud, have been sacrificed to his frosty devilment, but even in their inevitable annual demise, they give great eyefuls of fragile, ice-tipped beauty,

Penstemon 'Garnet', Gaura lindheimeri, Lavender 'Hidcote'
Austin English Rose
Echinops, 'Arctic Glow'

Scabiosa caucasica 'Miss Willmott'
This frozen display is extravagant in its frills and forms, 

Scabiosa 'Beaujolais Bonnets'
 and the tracery of ice outlines the last of colour and floral shapes until the spring arrives next year.

Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty'
Bidens alba
As a final hurrah, this icy wonderland is eye-wateringly lovely. Thanks Jack.


  1. I'm loving these icy frosted images...beautiful!

  2. It's a lovely time of year to be out with the camera isn't it? I love driving into the Fens, capturing the brinks and dykes and all the grasses and so on, frosted and in the mist too. Lovely photos, thank you for sharing.

  3. Hi Belinda,

    Thank you for your kind comment about my blog header. I was rather nervous to release it into the wilds of blogland!!

    And lessons? Look at you and your gorgeous header!! Mine didn't even have a picture before!!

    I simply love the mornings when it gets frosty. Have you ever seen a spider's web covered with frost. It's one of the most beautiful things in the world, I think.

  4. These pictures are so magical. the David Austin rose is almost edible.

    xo Jane

  5. Excellent photos! You do such good work. I was going to tell you how wonderful the David Austin rose is, but Jane got here first. So, I'm going for Miss Willmott - looks like a frozen starfish.

  6. Hi Hostess, so glad you liked the winter wonderland!

    Maggie, I agree wholeheartedly, and when can we see your fen photos please?

    Sarah, thanks, and if you look back to September there are lots of dewy spiderwebs on this blog!

    Thanks Jane, and you could eat the rose, I don't spray!

    Webb, so appreciate the generous compliment, is there a moment when these Austin roses don't look wonderful? Miss Willmott has given her name to various lovely flowers, and this one does look a bit starfishy!

  7. Beautiful photos. Wish my camera was up to taking such good ones.

  8. I have never seen delicate flowers caught by Jack Frost before, as our flora differs from your´s. Truly beautiful!
    If the snow has to come ( nothing I can do about it ), I wish there only would be a 1 cm cover of it, renewed from time to time!

  9. Sue, these were just shoot and point from a Canon IXUS 100IS - it is fab, tiny and straightforward, but able to do fancy things if only I would read the instructions!

    Hi Metscan, glad you like the flowers. Would love to see your outdoors environs, I've never been to Finland.xx

  10. Wow. That frozen, hoar-frosted scabious is truly beautiful. Thankyou for showing us these!

  11. Jaime and Emma - thanks for the kind comments, glad you enjoyed the chilly images! xx

  12. Hi Sepal and Twig, thanks so much! Amazing to think that you must be heading into the heat of summer as we are expecting snow!