The last day of November brought frost to the garden.

For some flowers like the rose above and the pink Anisodontea it will herald the end to their flowering season.

The Mahonia will shrug off this slight inconvenience…

as will the winter flowering honeysuckle.

The frost will help keep the other Camelia buds tightly closed for a few months yet (I hope).

The flowers of the Loquat tree shrug off the frost and later were happy to diffuse their perfume and supply the passing queen bumble bees with nectar in the afternoon sunshine.

My Viburnum davidii looked attractive with its frosted flowers but I thought it was a spring flowering plant (?).  I must admit it has had a hard life.  In an effort to care for it I gave it a good dose of horse manure a couple of years ago.  Unfortunately, I had not left the manure long enough to compost down and the leaves promptly started to crinkle and look burnt at the edges.  The plant has only just recovered and is perhaps still reeling from my over zealous attention.

Its not just the flowers that look good frosted.  The Linden tree still holds some of its fruits.  I pick the flowers for their delicious tea but I have to leave some for the bees.

This cotoneaster looks particularly good as some of its leaves have turned red.

This is the only cotoneaster bush that still has berries.  All the others have been stripped completely, which seems a bit early for us.  I cannot understand how they could miss this bush.  The berries are bright enough.

They say Medlars taste better after a frost but we have already been eating ours and I have never noticed an appreciable difference in the taste.  We must take them in now, or at least a good portion, to finish ripening inside.  We will leave a share for the birds who have already been sampling a few of them.

I always feel sorry for the bees when it is cold, but their hives are in a very sheltered spot of the garden and they were able to get out for a while in the afternoon sun.




32 thoughts on “Frost

    1. I’m glad you like Cotoneasters. I think they are real workhorses. They self-seed, giving me lots of new plants, they are drought tolerant, the bees love the flowers and the birds eat the berries in autumn. What more could I ask? Amelia

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    1. It is the wonder of flowers that there are some that will flower in winter. I have tried to increase my stock of winter flowering plants so that I can enjoy watching the queen bumble bees, honey bees and other pollinators on them in the sunny days of winter. Amelia

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    1. They are a native European tree. They are not commonly eaten as a fruit now but I enjoy them. I was very careful to plant a tree early in the garden to give us a supply. I have now found lots growing nearby! However, those were planted as part of a hedge around a field. Amelia

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        1. I think people can be extremely conservative towards food. I love trying new things and it is nice to be able to eat your own food in season. I miss my Kaki (Persimmon) this year and yet I see lots of trees nearby full of fruit. The frost we had in May was very local. Amelia

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        2. There’s one in the Botanic Garden here in Dunedin, New Zealand and I’ve seen one in Central Otago in a garden near a Berry Farm shop. Not many gardens would have them but they are obtainable, even down here in NZ! They seem to grow and fruit ok here!

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          1. You will have to try and get hold of one to see if you like it. It is very soft when it is ripe. Some fruits are not unpleasant when they are unripe, like say apples. Others like Medlars and Persimmon need to be ripe. Amelia

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    1. How strange! Perhaps your area has more of other fruits that they prefer. Over here a lot of our wild wooded areas are being cut down for agriculture like maize. The small fields separated by trees have been bought and cleared to form big fields. We see such a change in just ten years. The hedges are being cleared, so perhaps the blackbirds and thrushes are having to forage in our garden. Amelia


  1. Fabulous frosty photos! There’s something odd going on here as well with the cotoneasters and the birds. Some berries get eaten early and others are left until the spring, it may simply be ease of access or where they feel safe but I dont really know.

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    1. It is strange as although I have several types of cotoneaster in the garden, they are all related as they are different seedlings that I have spread around. The bush with the berries is far away from the house, I will just have to remember next year if it gets left to last again. Amelia


    1. I think you would have no problem. This year we lost our fruit to the late frost but it was also the first year it had flowered. Our friends only 2 kilometers away had loads of fruit, so we did not go without. I think your husband will appreciate the perfume too.

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