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.