Monday, October 31, 2011

First Frost



We have had our first hard frost.



It was as if a key had been turned and a seasonal door unlocked. Our huge black walnut dropped all its leaves in the space of a single morning. Standing underneath its limbs was like being in a golden rain shower.

By noon everything was covered in a blanket of leaves. My rake and I have our work cut out for us now!



The frost carried off the marigolds in the vegetable garden and left the orange Calendula in the front garden looking downright pitiful.


Many of the hosta have turned golden and translucent in the cold.


I love the way frost crusts tiny flowers. (Spirea)


It seems overnight mu hydrangeas went from rose to tan.



I think that frost makes all the seedpods more magical.






My Japanese Maple has turned a pretty shade of orange.


Red berries and frost crystals glow in the morning sun.



Even as the garden heads into its winter slumber, there is still beauty to be found.

I am also going to link to Lisa Gordon's The Creative Exchange. There are always amazing photographs to be found at the Creative Exchange, so check them out by clicking the link.

19 comments:

  1. Love your frosty photos - autumn and winter together - magical.

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  2. Aren't the changing seasons just so beautiful?? and your photography is stunning.

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  3. Such beautiful photos - I love them!

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  4. I'm always so sad when the first frost takes the garden by surprise. But, your photos are lovely.

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  5. There's so many great captures here of the effect of the frost on your garden- I really like your first two shots and your redberries one.

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  6. I'm glad to hear that you too are a fan of the leaf dump-post frost stand-around. The ones I've noticed have compound leaves - the b. walnuts, the ash in my b.y. Great photos as always & thanks for the i.d. on the spirea - I was staring and staring until I realized the answer to my question was right there!

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  7. Your frosty pictures are so pretty. I guess we have to face the fact of gardening ending for this year.It is good to know that they will be back next year though.

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  8. These are beautiful photographs Jennifer! We had a couple of mild frosts over the past couple of weeks, but everything seemed to survive them. Then out of nowhere, the snow came on Saturday night, and did what the frost had not done. :-(

    Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful photographs today at The Creative Exchange.

    Have a great evening!

    lisa.

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  9. Zamarznięte rośliny mają swój urok. Ja jednak wolę je oglądać żywe, a na to poczekamy do przyszłego roku. Pozdrawiam

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  10. Although a hard frost means the cold will soon be here I do love the way it coats the garden and makes it look so magical. Your photos have captured that look so well. I particularly love the photo of the huge walnut and the gate underneath all covered in leaves.

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  11. It's been a pleasure perusing your blog! I popped in via Laura at HH's post of the month club. I grew up with a Shelty and I absolutely love anything flora and fauna related. Your photos are stunning! Thanks for sharing the beauty around you. It's a joy for the rest of us to see.

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  12. I always loved the pictures of the frozen plants. So beautiful ... the light is exceptionally pretty, with all those tiny crystals ... Thank you !

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  13. I saw the frost on the lawn and decided it was a good morning to stay indoors ;) Lovely photos.

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  14. Lovely photos. Your garden looks like a beautiful, magical place. Each season has its own special beauty.

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  15. My favorite photo is the larger picture of the fallen leaves under the walnut. It defines the season. We have yet to have a frost here and I am not complaining.

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  16. The picture of all the yellow leaves on the ground is so beautiful. I think it's my favorite in this post. We've had low temps but not low enough to frost my garden yet. I'm not ready for frost yet!!! I still have garden projects to finish! :o)

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  17. Exquisite captures! The detail with the sunlight is just lovely. Thank you for sharing!

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  18. That Japanese maple is gorgeous. We haven't had frost which is unusual for here but I'm just happy for that.

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  19. So pretty. Makes me sad I missed the chance to take frost photos this year. Our first freeze was 14 degrees (F) ~ it turned everything instantly brown. ugh. No gentle transition here. Your photos are so gorgeous.

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