FIRST FROSTS - SIX ON SATURDAY
This week we had the first hard frost where the leaves have been rimed with ice and it seems like icing sugar has been gently sifted over the roses.
The ice highlights the ribs and margins of the fallen leaves and turns the most mundane of scenes into something worth stopping to look at.
This fern, which would normally go unnoticed, seems worthy of closer inspection today, its delicate fronds asking to be admired.
As for the azalea, the gorgeous colour grabbed my immediate attention, but as I looked closer I was fascinated by how the ice highlighted each tiny raised bump on the upper surface of the leaves. Are these the stomata perhaps?
Here is a view of the Rose Garden that icy morning. The roses are fading into the background and the box hedging is more noticeable.
As for actual gardening this week, we've had a few dry days so there has been time to plant some tulips in the knot garden and tidy up the greenhouse. That meant clearing away the last of the tomato plants, hence the picture below.
That's all from this garden, but if you would like to see more from gardeners around the world, and perhaps join in Six on Saturday too, then visit The Propagator who hosts this meme.