Friday, December 1, 2017

December's Entrance

When I peeked out the back door this morning I could see that there was frost all over. This has been a usual sight this past month and December is carrying on where November left off. 
I don't mind all this frost because it has not been cold enough to dash every green thing to the ground. As a matter of fact November was warmer than normal this year. December is beginning as November ended yet it has that bit of later golden color as the sun rises. 
I couldn't help but to put on a jacket and go out to see what was shining in the garden.
As you can see the East side paths were golden.  
Frost all over the leaves. 
Even the lambs ears were looking more frosty than normal. 
Oakleaf Hydrangea was looking splendid with the green leaves coaxed into an autumnal burgundy. The bit of green at it's feet is Rosanne Geranium. It doesn't want to give up quite yet either. 
The arbor above represents all the arbors in the garden. Naked. I wonder if there is an evergreen vine that would survive in my zone 6a garden? I am not aware of any. 
The shadows are long now. 
This hollyhock is the most persistent plant. It grows in the edge of the gravel path. I have tried to dig it up to get rid of it. It just won't let go.  Frost doesn't bother it. Cold will soon melt it.
I have had to put chicken wire around this pot with miniature hosta in it. I hope the squirrels haven't already destroyed the plant. The squirrels dig in all the pots. Some worse than others. 
Around front the Silver Ponyfoot is hanging on quite nice. It has spread far this summer. This plant isn't supposed to be hardy here. Last year it died back to the ground but as you can see it grew back with great exuberance. The bit of green frills in the foreground are leaves of crocus. The drought this summer have quite a few spring bulbs confused. 
The golden light is spreading fast. 
I will leave you here in it's warm glow. Have a great weekend.

13 comments:

  1. Lovely series of photos Lisa ~ frost 'on the pumpkin ~ tis the season ~

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  2. Such beautiful photos during the golden hour. I have the same issue with squirrels (and chipmunks) digging in my pots. I have to put lava rocks and pokey things in my pots to keep them out. Pesky little buggers! Your paths and the flow of your garden look so pretty!

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  3. Lonicera sempervirens! An evergreen vine for zone 6. Either the straight species or any number of cultivars. I'm looking at one outside the porch window now and it still has green leaves, though yellowing a bit.

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  4. Dear Lisa - such lovely photos of your garden. It does look like you are still seeing bits of greenery. I live in zone 5 and that means most everything blooming is done until spring arrives in a few months. Love those frosty pics. We have been having the same type of weather here as well. Hugs!

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  5. Everything looks gorgeous in that warm light and touched with frost. I am amazed at the pony foot. I see it in Pam Penick's texas garden and am always jealous of it. You will have to let us know if it comes back again next spring. Raining and in the 50s here, but tomorrow the temps drop into the 20s for the foreseeable future.

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  6. A lot of greenness is in your garden, Lisa. I prefer evergreen conifers because in my 5a zone all perennials died in winter. Love your next to last photo of golden light, awesome!

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  7. Thanks for your comments ^_^

    Happy Week to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  8. That golden light is magical as is Jack Frost's artistry in your garden. Keep warm.

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  9. Frosty pictures always impress me. I can never see that magic on my own, I always either overlook it or am just too lazy to go out in the cold to find it myself!
    Love the last few pictures with the golden light. Between the evergreens and russet leaves it looks quite interesting still, and far from empty and bleak... which is where my garden is quickly going.

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  10. Thanks for visiting and for your lovely comments ~

    Happy Week ahead to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  11. Great to have you visit and comment ~ stay warm and cozy ~

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka A Creative Harbor

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  12. Wow, impressed that your trumpet honeysuckle still has blooms. A hardy plant.

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  13. That golden early morning light really lights up your garden beautifully.

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