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.


Rose frosty 004 Wm[1]


Frosted rose

The effect on foliage is stunning.


Ice crystals outline the shape of leaves..


Ivy frosty 001 Wm[1]


Ivy and oak leaves


Hellebore frosty 002 Wm[1]


Hellebore, Dianthus foliage and more ivy


Frost brings texture to the fore..


Papaver 'Checkers' 003 Wm[1]


Papaver ‘Checkers’

The hairy leaves of the oriental poppy


Pulmonaria frosty 001 Wm[1]


Pulmonaria too


Frosty stone 001 Wm[1]


Be it ever so humble: moss


Geum frosty 002 Wm[1]


A geum pulls on a fur coat


Skimmia japonica 005 Wm[1]


And skimmia leaves appear felted


Frost gives colour hidden depth..


Heucherella 'Burnished Bronze' 003 Wm[1]


Heucherella ‘Burnished Bronze’


Ajuga reptans 002 Wm[2]


Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’


Ophiopogon nigrescens 003 Wm[1]


Ophiopogon nigrescens


Sedum spurium 003 Wm[1]


Some take on an unearthly appearance: Sedum spurium


Fern frosty 002 Wm[1]


And some just look like they’ve seen a ghost

Frosted fern


Frosty stone 002 Wm[1]


Magic, eh?


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.