We had our first proper heavy frost this week, cold enough to blacken most (but not all) of the dahlias.
Frosted echinops seed heads
and frosted echinops leaves, curling like a knarled old hand.
Just the edges of the ferns were frosted, as though they'd been dipped into icing sugar,
but the hollyhock bud had a major dusting.
The frosted rose petals glistened in the sun
while the frost on the eucalyptus seemed to intensify the bluey grey colour.
The Vibernum Farreri buds had also been sharply frosted
but those higher up were already catching the sun and the frost was melting into tiny droplets of water.
It never ceases to amaze me how these winter flowers can cope with being frozen and then still open and fill the air with scent.
It's supposed to be another cold one tonight - I hope you all keep warm, I shall be found in front of the fire with my knitting :-)