When I got up this morning, it was -6 degs. That's way below freezing.
I couldn't wait to get out in the garden and take some pictures.
So many spider webs and icicles everywhere.
This is a small Acer tree. It found it's own path into the garden and is thriving. Next Spring will be its third year with us and I can't wait to count the leaves on it.
Frost covered everything as I wondered up and down the path.
But even so you can see the new mint shoots underneath the older dead stalks. See below.
The camellia is covered with flower buds. I shall have to wait til May next Spring before they burst open.
In the tub below are some bluebells. I rescued them from under the shrubs I was pruning a few weeks ago.
You would never recognise this Loosestrife would you? It's bright yellow in early summer.
Look carefully at the next picture (click to enlarge) and you'll see lots of dead leaves on the ground. These are important to leave because they protect small insects from the intense cold.
The lilac tree in it's winter slumber waits patiently for Spring.
But some trees come into their own at this time of the year. One of them is the Holly. Just look at it in its splendour....!
With a frosty edging to all the leaves. It stands proud, waxy coated leaves untouched by winter's forces.
After all that looking and clicking, I think it's time for a cup of soup?
Will you join me in a plate full of English crumpets with butter and honey?