Monday, 17 December 2007

Finally frosty

The temperature has now dropped in my garden and this morning at 6.15am the car temp gauge read minus 7 deg C. It never warmed much above 2.5 deg C during the day and as you might guess I did have quite a covering of frost in my garden. It still wasn't what I would call a really hard frost but it was definitely on the chilly side here today. I took a few photos today but will just post the three flowers below which all looked quite different last Friday !

Tonight it is very cold once again and as much of the frost of last night never melted I will not post my frosty foliage plants tonight as I am very likely to get better ones tomorrow!

All photos above were taken in my garden on 17th December 2007.

14 comments:

Mike @ Fenphotography said...

Shirl,

Frost as truly set in looking at your great pictures, not so great for the flowers.

I am trying to cheat with this, I keep spraying my tree at night in the hope that when I get up in the morning it will be completely frosted for some nice winter bluetit and robin shots, no luck yet. Mike.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Brrrrr It is finally looking cold in your garden Shirl.

Yolanda Elizabet said...

We've had some frost too these last few nights and it is progressively getting colder here. Lovely pics of frosty blooms Shirl!

Jayne said...

Awwww Shirl... hate to see them go.

A wildlife gardener said...

Gosh! I had such a lot to catch up on, Shirl! You have been so busy since I was here last.

Talking of cold temperatures as you were in yesterday's post...yesterday morning we were sitting at minus 12 degrees, though it was minus 5 today. Both our ponds are frozen over. So, I have had to go out the last few mornings and give the birds water, which is a rare occurrence for me.

You have written many posts about your grey squirrel. I didn't know they ate chicks, though I was aware they'd eat birds' eggs. The little video was so cute, and they look cute, but never having had any 'bad' experience of them in our garden, I can only comment on their cuteness. However, I think I shall refrain from feeding the one which occasionally visit us from the nearby wood.

Your photos of the blackbirds on your obelisk feeder are amazing. they put my bird photos to shame. I think I will need to add a piece at the end of the current post to ask everyone to click on the bird photos to enlarge them so that they can identify them!

I love your bat video. These ones are quite large, so definitely not pipistrelles. Like you, we have pipistrelles, but they are so swift in flight I would never be able to capture them on video.

I enjoyed the post with all the flowers that were still in bloom...such an amazing amount, considering it's so cold here.

Thanks for sharing all the wealth of wildlife and flowers and plants in your garden, Shirl :)

Pam/Digging said...

Pam @ Digging says:

We just got our first frost too, over the weekend, though it's already warmed up since then.

shirl said...

Hi again, Mike :-)

Yes, you would assume so but today it was milder again as last night we had no frost at all so my garden looked like Jack had never been! The flowers are fine too. Widespread frost is predicted for tomorrow night so sad person that I am I look forward to seeing the frosted plants and getting out with my camera later on in the week :-D

I love your idea of creating frost for your pics! I too look forward to getting frosted pics with the birds – the robin of course at this time of year has to be the one! I also look forward to Christmas morning as I have asked ‘Santa’ for a pop-up hide so I can get closer bird pics in my garden :-D

shirl said...

Hi again, Lisa, Yolanda, Jayne and Pam :-)

Lisa – It was and I really should have put gloves on! Today however once again it is warmer and the garden is lush once again. Jack is gone :-D

Yolanda – Thank-you! We only had the one night of frost with cold day to follow. Last night was milder and today too. Tomorrow I must find some time to get my last plants and bulbs planted as widespread frost is expected tomorrow night!

Jayne – They didn’t!!

Pam – Gosh this is spooky - we warmed up too and the garden looks as it did before the frost! We have widespread frost predicted tomorrow night I wonder if you do too :-D

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I always dread the first frost, but it does look so lovely on flowers.

shirl said...

Hi again, Wildlife Gardener :-)

Oops yes I have been! I hope my content page helps you. Minus 12 I have to assume you are further north than me to have these temps. My tiny pond was only frozen overnight and part of the next day.

Ah the grey squirrel, yes I have been responding to comments but I knew I was perhaps opening a can of worms with this one! I too had no idea they would eat chicks – that was unexpected but then again I am only learning about the wildlife in gardens. To be honest that is why I ask questions in posts to help others in the same position as I find myself in. Wildlife clearly visits our gardens even without our intervention.

Ah the blackbirds, I actually have a couple of shots of them as I was taking my frosty pics. I do love to see them run around my garden. Their numbers are increasing in my garden and I look forward to seeing them reach double figures. Of course, I can only see them out of one window at a time – I wonder what the true number is. I cannot believe how popular my apple obelisk has been with the blackbirds! Yesterday I refilled it for the third time and by the time I came indoors a female blackbird was there having a taste :-D

Ah the bat video – I hadn’t looked at since I took it so it was a delight to see the gymnastic action of the second bat. I have a lot of tapes to look through and I could have some more footage as we visited Berlin Zoo over two days – although I have a nagging feeling that I may have recorded over some more footage of the bats :-(

My GBBD post was a surprise as I had no idea what to expect this month. I have never really documented what has actually flowered when and the books are really only a guide aren’t they :-D

It has been a delight to share, wildlife, flowers and plants from my garden and I thoroughly enjoy seeing other garden diaries too! Thank-you for sharing yours :-D

shirl said...

Hi again, Robin :-)

I am so sad but I really quite enjoy seeing the sparkle of the frost over the garden. I actually like to see the plants suspended for a time :-D

I have to say taking the photos for this post (selected as these flowers appeared on GBBD) I had never really thought of how the flowers looked with frost! I agree they do look lovely. However, I really love to see the foliage plants with frost and cannot wait on a frosty morning for the light to come up so I can get out with my camera!

Emy said...

Hey Shirl,

Beautiful Blog(s) you have - lovely frost pictures - I don't spend enough time on my blog as I'm always on the forum! So in fact I'm opposite from you!

Thanks for you kind comments on my Scotland photos - I'm Skylark on FoN - I spend half my life there! x

Barbara said...

We also had and still have very frosty days with temperatures - 5 to -7 °Celsius. But my plants do not look so nice as yours shown in your lovely pictures. Mine look rather as if they were "cooked". Luckily the weatherforecast predicts a sunny day for tomorrow...

shirl said...

Hi again, Emily and Barbara :-)

Emily – Thank-you! I have really enjoyed taking photos from my garden. Yes, I thought you were Skylark and I will catch up with you on the forum one of these nights :-D

Barbara – Looks like we will have a cold night again tonight but today was a lovely day and I finally got some jobs done in the garden! Enjoy your sunshine tomorrow :-D