At last, we had a good, hard frost last night! I've been waiting for this, for a couple reasons. One is that I want all the mold spores and pollen to DIE. It's been a rough fall for my allergies. The other is that I wanted to get out and take pictures on a frosty morning. Today I finally got my chance, so here's a garden tour for a chilly morning.
Small bellflowers (sorry, I can't remember which Campanula variety they are), lit by the sun. I honestly thought these would never bloom - I planted them a year and a half ago, and they did nothing but make a small clump of pretty leaves. A few weeks ago they surprised me by putting out buds. Success!
It's curtains for the cosmos with this frost, but the last few flowers look like sugared cake decorations.
The last dogwood leaves - I barely brushed the tree this morning, and the leaves fell off by the handful. I love their intense red color, especially backlit by the sun. I hope this little tree thrives in its exposed location.
This dusty miller is one of the few plants that came with the house, in the scruffy half-wild "border" bed along the drainage swale out back. Its newer foliage is so white, you can hardly tell where the frost is.
The last rose of the year, 'Peace,' beautiful even as the frost brings an end to the bloom season.