January 23, 2013

Icy Daggers in the Garden

We had some interesting frost formations outside the other day.  They looked more dangerous than delicate - like thorns or daggers or something nasty to touch.  The photo above shows twigs on a 'Kwanzan' cherry tree.

Here is the frost on a 'Green Tower' boxwood.

You can see the boxwood looks a bit faded from the winter cold, but this type doesn't turn completely bronze.  Our new front door is in the background - I love the extra light it lets in through its south-facing window.

A clematis vine growing on the east side of the house gathered some frost.

The branches of my dogwood trees have such a pretty form in winter.  When it snows, the twigs catch big clumps of snow like hands with fingers outstretched.

Here is one of my two frosty 'Blue Moon' wisterias.  I planted them two years ago and hope that this year they'll finally bloom.

Hopefully the earliest crocus will start flowering next month.  I heard birds chirping outside today, though spring is months away.  I'm enjoying the garden through the windows until then! 


  1. Way to find beauty, even when it's freezing outside!

  2. Hi VW,

    Beautiful hoar frost photos, we haven't really had any very impressive frosts this year where everything is white... Enough snow so far though!

  3. Exquisite work Jack Frost! Certainly one of the perks of Winter is to see his handiwork in all shapes and forms. Kudos to you for going out in the cold to capture the images!

  4. I am Tootsie..(Glenda) and I am your newest follower...and very happy to say so! I would like to invite you to link into my weekly gardening party that starts Thursdday evening and goes until Sunday night every week...it is a flaunting of all things growing, or beautiful in the garden...and your blog fits perfectly!
    I hope you will check it out...hugs from in the bitter Cold weekend in Alberta Canada!
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  5. It is always interesting to see what form Jack Frost takes on! The cherry twig formations look almost dangerous.

  6. Everything looks so cold and spiky! Your entry and door look wonderful. We never have such sold weather in our area.

  7. Whoops, I meant "cold" weather, Currently dealing with a summer cyclone.
    Karen :)

  8. Came across your blog whilst looking for inspiration son spring planting - lovely pictures and I'm off now for a look around your blog!


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