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Beauty is everywhere. All you have to do is see…

Calendula Orange Flower

Calendula Orange Flower

We had a hard frost the other night, the coldest it has been this year.  I found the resulting crystals on everything to be quite beautiful.  The morning started out rather foggy, but as the day wore on the sun came out and everything became that much more beautiful!

Calendula in the sunlight

Calendula in the sunlight

Everything was so white it looked as if it has snowed.  But much to my children’s disappointment, it was just frost which by the end of the day had melted away (mostly anyway).

Playhouse and fruit garden view

Playhouse and fruit garden view

Everything was white, even the sky!

Fruit garden view

Fruit garden view

My crochet-bombing of the sewer pipe is still brightening up the garden.

frosty crocheted sunflower

frosty crocheted sunflower

and then with the sun…

Fruit garden in the sun

Fruit garden in the sun

What a difference the sun makes!  I was busy tidying up inside our house because family were coming to visit us later in the day, but I kept being pulled outside to the garden to take pictures!

A frozen spider's web

A frozen spider’s web

Here are some before/after sun pictures:

Beech hedges

Beech hedges

beech hedges

beech hedges

I have had very little time in the garden recently, so it was fun being outside even if just for taking pictures.

Frosty Pics 3

 

A frosted hydrangea flower.

hydrangea

hydrangea

American Pink flowering dogwood: Cornus Florida 'cherokee chief'

American Pink flowering dogwood: Cornus Florida ‘cherokee chief’

This lovely little tree I planted a year ago.  You can see that it still has a few leaves on it.  I bought it because it reminds me of ‘home’ back in New York.  My parents had one in their yard when I was growing up.

Cornus Florida 'cherokee chief' (American Pink flowering Dogwood)

Cornus Florida ‘cherokee chief’ (American Pink flowering Dogwood)

I can see this little tree when I am washing dishes in the kitchen. I envision seeing lots of lovely birds in it when it grows bigger, well, eventually.

Cornus Florida 'cherokee chief' (American Pink flowering Dogwood)

A frosty Cornus Florida ‘cherokee chief’ (American Pink flowering Dogwood)

Dogwood up close

Dogwood up close

 

another pic of the Dogwood

another pic of the Dogwood

On the other side of our hedge there are a row of weeds lining the fence (you can see them in the picture above).  They usually annoy me, but I thought they looked quite pretty covered in frost!

Winter Weeds

Winter Weeds

The birds hadn’t finished eating all of the hawthorn berries (there were tons!).

That's a lot of berries!

That’s a lot of berries from earlier this winter.

Now there are fewer berries and they have quite a frosty look.

Frosty Hawthorn berries

Frosty Hawthorn berries

We placed a bird nesting container in the trees not too long ago.  Unfortunately, it gets a bit too windy around here so now the nesting materials are everywhere!

Bird nest gone wild

Bird nest gone wild

I love seeing the different looks of the fields around us, even when it is rather grey.

View from the back of the side yard.

View from the back of the side yard.

Frosted Calendula Flower

Frosted Calendula Flower

earlier in the week

earlier in the week

As 2014 comes to an end, I’d like to thank you for reading my blog, commenting, and “liking” it!  I blog because I love to share my love of gardening/photography/baking/crocheting!  I hope that I inspire you, even if just a little bit, to try something different.

I wish you a very Happy New Year and only best wishes in 2015!

In peace,

Dana

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