The minute I talk about flowers blooming and how great it is that we haven't had frost yet....
Bingo. I woke up this morning and we had a serious case of frost. Every tree, shrub and flower was completely encased in a shroud of crystals. I was almost late for work but I couldn't resist taking a few photos before I left the house.
I'm not sure if any of the flowers will survive such a beating. It was dark already when I got home this evening so I'll need to take a weekend walk and check if any survived.
I expect less hardy individuals like the rudbeckia above, and the mountain bluet will be done. Most certainly the dahlias will need to be dug out this weekend after such a blast. But I'm not so sure about the sea holly and agastache.
These little flowers are so tough, I have a feeling it may take more than a single frost to knock them down.
Although the flowers are beautiful coated in their spiky white coats what I really like looking at is the leaves.
The bergenia leaves already had a red glow to them from the cold temperatures which made them quite pretty but a shimmering coat of ice is spectacular. Lamb's ears, hardy geraniums, ornamental grass and juniper also caught my eye this morning. Each leaf edged in diamond and sparkling in the early morning light.
This time of year is so spectacular with all the blazing colours in the trees, it seems hard to top, but somehow mother nature did.