Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Backyard, Flowers, Front Yard, Gardens |

We’ve had a hard frost here in Vancouver most mornings this week.  The cold has freeze-dried the plants in the garden and finished off most of my annuals.  I got out last weekend to catch the shapes and colours of my frosted fall garden.

Twists of Japanese Blood Grass

Twists of Japanese Blood Grass

I couldn’t resist the look of the Japanese Blood Grass this morning.  It’s leaves must feel like my super dry hands this week as the cold sucks the moisture from my skin.  Happily my fingers haven’t curled up like these leaves–yet!

Siberian Bugloss

Siberian Bugloss

I’ve raved about my Siberian Bugloss before.  It’s the first of my hosta-type plants to re-emerge in the spring and it’s the last to die off.  It’s a great add to any shady garden for its beautiful variegated leaves and whimsical blue flowers.  It may even bounce back from this frost depending on the weather in the next few weeks.

Organic Symmetry

Organic Symmetry

This plant is normally a taller, but has given way to the cold.  I don’t know what it is called, but brought a little of it over from Point Roberts where it seemed to thrive under the tall Hemlock Firs (which my neighbour also has along the property line).  It has very pretty pink and white blossoms in the summer.

Chickadee Chats

Chickadee Chats

This guy was hanging out with me in the yard this morning.  Obviously really happy that I had refilled the feeder!

Nearly Headless Marigolds

Nearly Headless Marigolds

Yes, the frost took it’s toll on the annuals.  Still robust last weekend, they have bowed to their fate.

Leafy Lettuce

Leafy Lettuce

I’m not sure that the texture of this lettuce would be very palatable now.  I wonder if it might rebound once the rains return.  It does seem to like this sunny spot in the garden.

Free Dried Japanese Maple Leaves

Free Dried Japanese Maple Leaves

The leaves on my Japanese Maple were incredible this morning.  It reminded me of picture of frozen waves from Lake Superior last year.  It’s like they curled around the wind that blew so hard this week and froze in place.

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The cheerful pink of these plants has finally faded, but the Crocosmia have retained their orange hue.

Well, I had left a bunch of plants in the ground, because it shame to pull them up while they were still blooming.  These heavy frosts have definitely dealt them a death blow and set up one last weekend of work before I start my winter rest from the garden.  I’ve really loved my garden this year.  How about you?  Any special victories in your yard?

 

 

 

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