Frost Finale

Lambs ear with a touch of frost in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Lambs ear with a touch of frost (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Simply stated, frost is created when water vapor in the air touches an object’s surface that is below the freezing point, thereby forming frost crystals.  Frost crystals are actually transparent, yet due to the way their multifaceted shapes reflect light, a coating of frost often appears greyish or white instead.  According to Wikipedia, there are several types of frost, such as hoar frost (related to Jack), the white crystals that form on the ground and exposed objects, advection frost, the icy spikes caused by cold winds that usually form on taller objects, white frost, a much heavier ice formation than hoar frost, created under low wind and high humidity conditions, and window frost, those beautiful icy designs that are formed on the outside of our glass doors and windows on bitterly cold days. 

Frosted Smoke bush in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Frosted Smoke bush leaves (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Although I’m always sad to have the icy fingers of frost transform my gorgeous plants from lush green to melted chocolate, the transition itself is often incredibly beautiful.  When a sprinkling of advection frost adorns a tree’s highest limbs, and the sunshine reflects off those branches, the tree instantly becomes a wondrous, glistening vision.  Crystals of an early morning’s hoar frost delicately coat individual blades of grass, each exposed leaf and any other objects in the surrounding elevations, illuminating and enhancing the entire landscape with an ephemeral glow.

Beautyberries sprinkled with frost in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Beautyberries sprinkled with frost (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Characteristics of leaves become crisp and concise, the tiny veins and textures embellished with frost’s silvery brush strokes.  While icy frosting shimmers on lighter foliage, burgundy and cherry foliage appears as sugar coated candy-a sweet treat for the eyes indeed.

Frosted leaves of Cotoneaster in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Frosted leaves of Cotoneaster (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Heave a sigh of sadness as the last leaves flutter to the ground.  Allow a few fond memories of emerald foliage and sumptuous blossoms to dance about inside your head for a little longer.  Then, bid the summer adieu and welcome the coming seasons with all the enthusiasm you can muster.  After all, we could all use a break from summer’s chores, and sitting in front of the fire with a nice book sounds pretty good to me right now.


  1. WoW! Beautiful job! Only you can take frost + discover different types + make it the special time it is, well done!

    • It is beautiful . . . but makes me sad to know what’s coming next . . . Thank you for your generous comments, Patty~

  2. Lovely prose and even lovelier photos. Almost makes me want to come back east……almost.

    • Actually, I’ve been feeling a little melancholy about the upcoming winter season . . . Thank you for your kind words, Jean~

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