Frost And Glisten

 

Frosted Thyme In Meditation Circle

Frosted Thyme and Angelonia In Meditation Circle

Thyme in the meditation circle was dressed in white in the chill of early morning. Soon petals, leaves and berries glistened as sunlight reached the garden.

Frosted Thyme In Meditation Circle

Frosted Thyme In Meditation Circle

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)

Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)

Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)

Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)

Salvia nemorosa 'May Night' (Hardy Sage)

Salvia nemorosa ‘May Night’ (Hardy Sage)

Artemisia 'Powis Castle' (Wormwood) and Rudbeckia fulgida (Orange Coneflower)

Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ (Wormwood) and Rudbeckia fulgida (Orange Coneflower)

 

By 1:00 p.m. the afternoon was sunny and mild at 62°F. (17°C.), perfect weather for planting some new gardenias I bought at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh last week. I bought three old-fashioned Gardenia jasminoides (cape jasmine), but now am second-guessing whether they will be cold hardy.

21 thoughts on “Frost And Glisten

  1. Cathy

    It all looks so pretty with the frost on it, especially the Thyme foliage. I love crisp frosty mornings like that when the sun comes round and makes everything sparkle for a while before it melts. I hope you can find a sheltered position for your Gardenias. Do you wrap up any of your plants in winter? I add mulch and compost to some of mine and then cover them with evergreen twigs and branches. And one small tree gets wrapped in fleece. 😉

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Cathy that frosty thyme caught my eye from an upstairs window and compelled me to get out and take some pictures. It did great this summer, I think because it was so dry and hot. Thanks for the the winterizing tips. I have a spot in mind for the gardenias against a fence, that I hope will provide some protection. They are hardy to 10 F (-12.2 ºC), but we do sometimes hit below that.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      We had a light frost in early October but now the mornings are all starting to look icy until the sun hits. The frost seems like compensation for losing our summer blossoms.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Liz. I prepared a place for the gardenias but didn’t actually get them planted yet. Maybe today–I need to get them settled before it really gets cold.

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  2. Julie

    Your garden looks quite beautiful with the sparkling frost Susie, thats quite a rise to 17c in one day. Is that usual for you at this time of year?

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  3. Beth @ PlantPostings

    Oh how beautiful! You captured the frost at the perfect time. I never seem to get my act together in the morning, so I appreciate it when others get such incredible photos. Our autumn has been more like yours this year–we just recently had our first killing frost. It’s strange to have flowers into the middle of November, but I like it! Love the Callicarpa–one of these days I’m going to plant one!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Beth. The frost was beautiful that morning and just drew me outside. I agree with you, flowers in the middle of November are fine with me too.

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