Cold-damaged, but pretty

I always have mixed emotions about going out into the garden after the first hard freeze -- and we had a hard one on Saturday. After previous lows that just barely dipped to freezing or a degree (F) below, it was 19ºF (-7ºC) Sunday morning when I awoke.

The tender plants turn to mush with those temps, and at first I hate the sight of their droopy, clearly dead leaves. But then I start looking more closely and realize that even this weather-murdered foliage is still quite beautiful.


I'll start with a few photos of the destroyed foliage...

...then move into the pretty stuff (or at least what I think is pretty):

It's the different forms and muted colors that I really like...

Now, I'm not saying that I prefer the frozen foliage, I'm just saying that it's got some positive qualities.


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Peter/Outlaw  – (November 24, 2015 at 1:11 PM)  

Well, if it's inevitable, it's good to enjoy it, right? Kind of sad to see them go. How many more days until spring?

Alan  – (November 24, 2015 at 2:39 PM)  

Gerhard: it's nice to have a few months "off" from the garden -- the outdoor one at least. :)

Peter: seems like Spring is here now, with it being 62ºF today. I think I could handle a weekend-long winter every year.

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