The South West is usually one of the mildest areas of the UK.
We’ve seen snow lingering on the high moors in the distance but the fleeting showers nearer sea level stayed on the ground less than a day.
Frost is a more frequent occurrence and it too has a special beauty.
The effect on foliage is stunning.
Ice crystals outline the shape of leaves..
Ivy and oak leaves
Hellebore, Dianthus foliage and more ivy
Frost brings texture to the fore..
The hairy leaves of the oriental poppy
Be it ever so humble: moss
A geum pulls on a fur coat
And skimmia leaves appear felted
Frost gives colour hidden depth..
Heucherella ‘Burnished Bronze’
Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’
Some take on an unearthly appearance: Sedum spurium
And some just look like they’ve seen a ghost
Linking up with Christina’s Garden of the Hesperides for Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day.
Click through (here) to see how Christina and many other gardeners are using foliage this month.