Jack Frost...

19 July, 2015

We had our first frost of winter last night. And of course, despite the cold, I had to head out and capture it with my camera.

I just love the look of frost on plants. Not so much when the frost sensitive ones are wilted and frost burnt after the thaw. But while there are still icicles attached, and the morning light hits the frost and the plants almost glow, I love the frost.

The bucket is not quite frozen solid, so not a really severe frost. (For Melbourne.)

Brassicas almost seem to embrace the frost.

I also love how the lower leaves capture big drops, which freeze solid. A captured moment in time.
 
Carrots with frosty ferny fronds.

Despite the frost, the capsicums in the mini greenhouse were not at all affected, despite the greenhouse being open.

Tuscan kale hopefully a little sweeter and tenderer after being frostbitten.

I love how the the frost clings to the furry strawberry leaves.

8 comments:

  1. I love frost too. I haven't had any good ones really this year. I'm not sure why. Some years we get fabulous frost and sometimes not much at all.

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    1. We've had apparently the coldest July in 30 years, but this is only the second frost. Generally they come in August. We will see if we get a few more.

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  2. I'm with you! I LOVE seeing the icicles and patterns that frost create. I remember walking to school about 50 years ago and getting into really big trouble because I'd stopped to watch/play/oggle/appreciate all the little frozen bits in peoples gardens on the way. Those carrots look so pretty! This is why I could never move up north :)

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    1. Haha, I remember crunching over the frosted grass on the way to school, but I don't recall if I was late as a result. :)
      I totally couldn't live up north either, despite the attractions of tomato growing weather in 'winter.' I love my apples, pears, cherries and peaches too much to give up the chilling weather they need to grow well.

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  3. oh, you've captured the beauty of frost so well. we've had quite a few where I live this year, more so than usual.
    my frost barometer is now my bird bath. does it have a thick layer of ice that I need a rock to bash thru, or just a brittle crisp sheet? and does it re-freeze soon after I have broken the ice?

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    1. Cheers e!
      Love the idea of the birdbath barometer.

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  4. Gorgeous photos! I love the carrots - they look like they are edged with lace. I'm always too busy in the mornings to get out and enjoy the few frosts we get here in Qld before it melts away. It never lasts long once the sun is up!

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    1. Cheers. They do look gorgeous! We only get a couple of frosts a year typically down here, but I really enjoy them while they are here. Like you they only last until the sun is out.

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