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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wild Flower Wednesday~~Sugar Frosted Seedheads

(Don't forget to enlarge the photos)
False Dragonhead seedheads have been left to stand all winter.

It's Wildflower Wednesday and the planned wildflower post was set aside
when I saw the garden all frosted white. The weather had been humid and chilly when we went to sleep and this morning everything was covered with frost...The roofs were so white it looked like a light snow cover. There was no stopping me from grabbing my camera and trying to capture as much of the icy beauty before the sun melted it all. The seedheads of liatris, silkgrasses, goldenrods, asters and The Susans have all been left to reseed or feed the critters. Those long limbs to the left are Natchez 'Crape Myrtle'....underplanted with spirea, goldenrods and monardas.They have never looked better then covered with frost and glistening in the sunrise.
The pink and burgundy leaves of the x-asters massed beneath the Bur Oak look fantastic frosted....When I stained the garden chairs purple, I had hoped for snow cover to make them pop, but they look wonderful
Each summer The Susans cover this area~Now you can see the River Oats, amsonias, asters, cotinus and juniper share the space, too.

The spireas never looked better~which is good, I had been planning to move them to the wayback backyard! Now they have a reprieve...We'll see..that space could still be used for a wildflower or two.

A spiderweb has knit the branches of a crape myrtle together.

What would a frosted garden be without at least one rose.
Fairy Queen.


There's no denying that Nashville's long growing season has come to an end! What a glorious end it has been!

Gail

ed. Just a quick note~~surgery has been rescheduled and I couldn't be happier!

Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.
Victor Hugo

36 comments:

  1. Them sugahs look mighty cold. It sure makes every thing pretty. I could take a bite out of that rose. Yummmm.

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  2. Ah Gail, you have captured the magical essence of the frost with wonderous skill! The lighting was perfect and do give those spiraeas another chance to join in the stage of the front garden. Nothing paints the picture of winter better than frosted stalks left standing. We are still waiting for that vision to arrive here. Lovely post, my friend. :-)
    Frances

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  3. We are still awaiting our first frost, but not anxiously. These are fantastic photos, and I really like the monarda, the rose, but especially the spider web. Have a great day!

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  4. Gail,
    We had our first frost just yesterday and already I long for spring. Those spireas look fantastic with frost one them. The frosted rose appears now to be a different rose altogether. Enjoyed this posting.

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  5. Frosty flowers are super...in pictures. Not ready for our first frost. Love the spider web on the branches and that Fairy Queen is lovely.

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  6. You have captured the beauty of the frosty morn. It was lovely to experience it again with you.

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  7. That was one hard frost! The rose picture is very "cool"! I took a few pictures outside yesterday too. Frost pictures are too interesting not to take pictures!

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  8. Gail we had a heavy frost this morning too but I was not as ambitious as you to go out into the cold 29 temp day. Your bench is still inviting frost or no and your rose photograph is stunning. Ah Yes it seems winter is finally going to have its way with us all.

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  9. Mmmmm... sugar! Uh, I mean, nice photos! My spireas had great color this year, too! Good luck tomorrow!!

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  10. Such gorgeous photos, Gail! The dusting of sugar-er, frost--has given your garden a magical look. We're waiting for what might be our first snowfall tonight, so winter has definitely arrived.

    I saw your comment on someone else's post that this is the week for your hand surgery. I wish you the best of luck and a speedy recovery!

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  11. Beautiful pictures, Gail! You have truly great winter interest in your garden. I am pleased with how my spireas look in the frost too, although I have already decided they're getting moved next year!

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  12. Beautiful pictures Gail! The golds and rosy reds look even more beautiful under that thin layer of sparkling ice.

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  13. Hi Gail, yep, we got it also... our first frost two days ago; looks like winter is here. Love the frosty fotos... "Fairy Queen" looks like shes been dipped in a bit of sugar. ;)

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  14. Frost really adds a unique beauty to the garden(-:
    It was 29 here this morning. Frost everywhere!!!

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  15. Frost may be damaging, but it sure is beautiful. Don't you hate it when you're about to get rid of or move a plant and it suddenly looks so great?

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  16. What a lovely fairy kingdom. Your photos are just beautiful. One of our local 'experts' was on TV last evening telling everyone to cut down the foliage and make the garden look 'neat'. Look what they miss.
    Marnie

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  17. Just beautiful Gail..Don't really want a hard frost here, sure does make the gardens look beautiful if only for a short while. I'm glad your surgery has been rescheduled if you are!

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  18. Me to Gail, me to....

    There is nothing as beautiful as frosted seedheads. It shows the detail structure and form in a garden.

    I love your photographs, you have captured the beauty in your garden perfectly........

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  19. Some mornings are magical, Gail! Thanks for sharing your 'magic' with us :) Good luck with the surgery!

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  20. Nice! I especially like your spider web.
    Karin

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  21. Everything is so pretty with the coating of frost. We haven't had a severe one yet but I expect one any day now.

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  22. What gorgeous pics Gail. I love to see the frost on the plants that have stood so long as if waiting. I well remember how they look.
    Still warm here altho we did get some hard rain tonight. It won't be too long before we get that "frosting"
    Glad for you to have a reprieve on your surgery. Don't know which is worse, wait or go ahead.
    I did see my bone doc today & all the rods are still where they are supposed to be. Yeaaa!!!

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  23. Soooo much better for you than Sugar Frosted Flakes! Lovely, lovely! Kim

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  24. Hi Gail! I'm apologizing for not having visited for awhile!! I've just spent a very nice time looking through a myriad of your posts and enjoying them all! You have been a busy girl!

    We've had only the one frosty day so far, but the weather's been getting colder and there's a "ring around the moon" tonight... so, who knows what's ahead for these next few days. I'm actually Really Excited to have our first (light) snowfall!! ;-)

    Maybe your surgery has been rescheduled. You may be happy... but I think it sounds as though you'll be happy when it's over, too!! Hopefully the recuperation period will be short. :-) Blessings!

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  25. How beautiful your frost kissed garden looks. The Sea Oats--the Rose--the spider web--all stunning.

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  26. Beautiful frosty pictures! I love the rose dusted with frost. My spireas had the most beautiful fall color too this year.

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  27. Frost is so pretty on the plant; even if it means the end. We just had our first ground frost....

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  28. There is much beauty and inspiration even in the wilderness! Beautifully captured shots!

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  29. You saved the best two photos for last in my book ~ that spider web & the rose are just knock-outs. Glad you have some frost now Gail so I don't have to be jealous of you still gardening. I think I missed something because I didn't know you were going to have surgery? If it's been rescheduled, I'm hoping/assuming it's not major??? Also I keep forgetting to say congratulations for being named one of Horticultures best blogs. That's a wonderful tribute to you.

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  30. Another benefit of being an early riser! I especially like the spiderweb.

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  31. Beautiful! Everything does look sugar coated - what a nice way to look at it!

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  32. What a beautiful post - out here in California, we don't see too much of this so it's always a treat for me to see the beauty that a frost can bring. Beautiful photos...

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  33. What stunning, magical beauty Gail!

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  34. Your blog is such a work of art! Keep up the good work (and hope you heal up beautifully!)
    Thank you!
    Leigh,
    from A Larrapin Garden (Ozarks, US)

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