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.

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  1. My goodness, you are cold! Nice pictures

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    1. Thanks Candy. The weather has been warmer the last few days, but we've had lots of rain instead. It's hard to know which is best.

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  2. My tomatoes are a distant memory, I'm impressed that you kept yours going so late. That frost speckling on the azalea is very regular isn't it, I'm wondering whether its formed on hairs on the leaf, most stomata would be on the underside. Should I ever get frost on mine I will get the hand lens out.

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    1. Thanks for you reply Jim. I was hoping you might be able to shed some light on this. I'll get out with the hand lens too next time.

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    2. No luck - when I went to look the next time we had a frost, all the leaves had fallen on the ground.

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  3. The frost photos are wonderful but the azalea is the one that grabs my eye, for the colour, I suppose. My tomatoes are also a distant memory or frozen in the freezer.

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    1. Thanks Lora. That's what I've found so enjoyable about joining in the Six on Saturday. I'd never have been out to look at that azalea on a frosty morning, I'd have stayed inside in the warm.

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  4. Wow my tomato plants are long gone! Dim and distant memory. Nice.

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    1. Thanks. I should have binned the tomato plants before now, but there's never enough time to get everything done.

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