It is 29º this morning...the coldest my garden has seen this winter. And while we are not buried in snow like so many others we do have some beautiful frost.
|Scented geranium Lady Plymouth|
Fleeting but beautiful frost accents the form of the leaves.
Frost edges the thyme in the entry path and warns of possible slippery stepping stones.
In the background you can see the fountain, left running all night to prevent the ice formation that once before killed off the pump. With only a few freezing nights a year, and sometimes none, it is worth it to me and the birds to keep the fountain full all winter. I also take hot water out to add to the fountain last thing before bed and first thing in the morning on nights when it dips below 32º. More than once I have wondered if there were any other gardeners out in Davis doing the same thing.
|Ornamental oregano Hopley's Purple|
Recently cut back ornamental oregano was already beginning its new growth.
It is 32º now, at 8:00, and the frost is disappearing. But for a while it was a beautiful treat!