Beauty in the Frost

Beauty is everywhere. All you have to do is see…

Calendula Orange Flower

Calendula Orange Flower

We had a hard frost the other night, the coldest it has been this year.  I found the resulting crystals on everything to be quite beautiful.  The morning started out rather foggy, but as the day wore on the sun came out and everything became that much more beautiful!

Calendula in the sunlight

Calendula in the sunlight

Everything was so white it looked as if it has snowed.  But much to my children’s disappointment, it was just frost which by the end of the day had melted away (mostly anyway).

Playhouse and fruit garden view

Playhouse and fruit garden view

Everything was white, even the sky!

Fruit garden view

Fruit garden view

My crochet-bombing of the sewer pipe is still brightening up the garden.

frosty crocheted sunflower

frosty crocheted sunflower

and then with the sun…

Fruit garden in the sun

Fruit garden in the sun

What a difference the sun makes!  I was busy tidying up inside our house because family were coming to visit us later in the day, but I kept being pulled outside to the garden to take pictures!

A frozen spider's web

A frozen spider’s web

Here are some before/after sun pictures:

Beech hedges

Beech hedges

beech hedges

beech hedges

I have had very little time in the garden recently, so it was fun being outside even if just for taking pictures.

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A frosted hydrangea flower.

hydrangea

hydrangea

American Pink flowering dogwood: Cornus Florida 'cherokee chief'

American Pink flowering dogwood: Cornus Florida ‘cherokee chief’

This lovely little tree I planted a year ago.  You can see that it still has a few leaves on it.  I bought it because it reminds me of ‘home’ back in New York.  My parents had one in their yard when I was growing up.

Cornus Florida 'cherokee chief' (American Pink flowering Dogwood)

Cornus Florida ‘cherokee chief’ (American Pink flowering Dogwood)

I can see this little tree when I am washing dishes in the kitchen. I envision seeing lots of lovely birds in it when it grows bigger, well, eventually.

Cornus Florida 'cherokee chief' (American Pink flowering Dogwood)

A frosty Cornus Florida ‘cherokee chief’ (American Pink flowering Dogwood)

Dogwood up close

Dogwood up close

 

another pic of the Dogwood

another pic of the Dogwood

On the other side of our hedge there are a row of weeds lining the fence (you can see them in the picture above).  They usually annoy me, but I thought they looked quite pretty covered in frost!

Winter Weeds

Winter Weeds

The birds hadn’t finished eating all of the hawthorn berries (there were tons!).

That's a lot of berries!

That’s a lot of berries from earlier this winter.

Now there are fewer berries and they have quite a frosty look.

Frosty Hawthorn berries

Frosty Hawthorn berries

We placed a bird nesting container in the trees not too long ago.  Unfortunately, it gets a bit too windy around here so now the nesting materials are everywhere!

Bird nest gone wild

Bird nest gone wild

I love seeing the different looks of the fields around us, even when it is rather grey.

View from the back of the side yard.

View from the back of the side yard.

Frosted Calendula Flower

Frosted Calendula Flower

earlier in the week

earlier in the week

As 2014 comes to an end, I’d like to thank you for reading my blog, commenting, and “liking” it!  I blog because I love to share my love of gardening/photography/baking/crocheting!  I hope that I inspire you, even if just a little bit, to try something different.

I wish you a very Happy New Year and only best wishes in 2015!

In peace,

Dana

The most photographed beech hedges in Ireland!

Vegetable garden in November.  The beech hedges are finally finished!

Tenacious.  This word played around in my head as I enjoyed another day of working in the garden.  You’ll never guess what I was doing… more weeding and trimming along the hedge! Tenacious, or maybe crazy?  No, I like tenacious better than crazy.  Determined is another word that comes to mind.  It just once again shows me that anything is possible if you put your mind to it, stick to it, and take it in small steps!  You know, maybe it does help to be just a little bit crazy, too.

Frosty beech hedges.

Frosty beech hedges.

Messy November veggie garden.

Messy November veggie garden.

I have been very unlucky with nettles the past few times in the garden.  My hands, my legs, my feet, my ear (!) have all been stung numerous times.  I wish I could say I’m getting used to it, but it still hurts every time.  Some of the nettles were as tall as me.  You could say that the weeds had gotten a bit out of hand! The very good news is that I have finished the worst of the job.  I worked on the area around our vegetable beds, and it looks better than it ever has.  I am so pleased with it.  I really didn’t like taking pictures of that area since the weeds were higher than my hedges.  Granted, a lot of the weeds were on the farmer’s side of the fence, but still.

A cleaned up vegetable garden.

A cleaned up vegetable garden.

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Cleaned up beech hedges.

Cleaned up beech hedges.

Speaking of the farmer, he was out harvesting his sugar beet in the field behind our house yesterday.  He’ll use the sugar beet to feed his cattle.  I enjoyed a nice chat with him.  He offered to spray those weeds on his side of the fence for me.  He said he hadn’t done that since he knew I didn’t like sprays.  (He’s getting to know me!) He’ll be moving cattle into the field next week.  Do cows eat nettles???

Field of sugar beet.

Field of sugar beet.

Harvested field of sugar beet.

Field in foreground is harvested sugar beet.

An Irish Robin under the fence.

An Irish Robin under the fence.

I was lucky enough to catch a picture of this little Robin while I was working.  It’s worth keeping the camera at hand! The picture of the harvested sugar beet above, was taken at around 1 PM. I thought the sky was so pretty, even though still somewhat gray.  I think this is my first post with no pictures of flowers in it, but I’ll finish with a picture I took of the moon.  It was quite low, and you can just make out the trees (if you look *real* closely) and the cloud behind the moon.  It was spectacular to see!

Thanks for visiting.

Dana

A beautiful moon.

A beautiful moon.