Wednesday, November 24, 2010
A Visit From Jack Frost
Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' with an icy bonnet.
Well, it finally happened (although it seems earlier than usual for Portland), we got our first real freeze. I woke up this morning and the plants that pulled through the previous night's freezing temps seem to have, for the most part, succumbed to last night's freeze.
Remember my post a few days ago about 'Rozanne', well, here she is with her frosty veil. The plant definitely looks a little freeze-dried at the moment, but I wouldn't be surprised if it springs back when temps climb again in the next few days. As you can see below, the leaves aren't blackened and shriveled, like many other plants are...I think their low-growing stature helps shelter them a bit, unlike, say, the Salvias, which are shriveled.
Geranium 'Rozanne' and Nepeta 'Walker's Low' foliage.
We get frost so infrequently here in Portland, I forget how interesting it can be on some plants, as seen here in the delicate picotee it bestows on a Heuchera.
Sedum 'Autumn Joy' and Verbena 'Homestead Purple'
I also like how frost can make me look again at plants I've sort of forgotten, or just gotten used to. Here, it brings renewed interest to a late-season combination of Verbena and Sedum.
Ornamental Sweet Potato 'Blackie'
Of course, we can't talk about frost without mourning those we leave behind, as with this once full and voluptuous Sweet Potato vine.
And then there are the surprises, like this little sprite of a mushroom I noticed why photographing the frozen matt of leaves in our parking strip.
Our neighbor's cat, who has adopted us, has the right idea on days like this.