First Frost

Well, maybe not the very first. But it was the first that was really noticeable around here. The nights have been abnormally mild so far this autumn, so there hasn’t been much in the way of frosty morns.

Catmint 'Kit Kat'
Frost on the ‘Kit Kat’ Catmint (Nepeta x faassenii)

Judy took these pictures with her phone before leaving for work Friday morning. This week we finally had some cold with a bit of a bite. It’s not that I want bitterly cold weather, but as a Chicagoan I find it disorienting to have such a mild November.

Wild Geranium
Frost on Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)

Morning frosts don’t exactly make me happy, but at this time of year they give me a feeling of reassurance and normality. Anyhow, here’s some wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana).

Wild strawberry

A touch of frost on a Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) seedhead, with the ever photogenic ‘Northwind’ switchgrass in the background (Panicum virgatum).

Monarda didyma, Switchgrass 'Northwind'

Oh, and frost on the windshield. Now, I must confess that one of the things I hate most in winter is scraping snow and ice off of my car windshield in the morning. For some reason this bothers me more than shoveling  the driveway. Go figure.

frost on windshield

Here’s a view of our street. Many leaves have fallen, but I prefer to wait until more of the branches are bare before starting my leaf raking.

leaves on the sidewalk

Have you experienced many frosts yet?

51 Comments on “First Frost”

  1. I’m with you about the frost on the windshield. Especially because it’s usually on the inside and I have to wait for the car to warm up. But I was encouraged to see the water still liquid in my birdbaths. That means the electrical outlets I plugged them into are still working. First time I’ve planted carrots: I have to dig up the rest of them now or never. …Great shots with the cell phone again.

  2. After just 6 1/2 years here in the NW, I’m still loving those first frosty leaves. And Judy’s shots are beautiful. They seem like such a gentle way to ease us into winter. It’s been slow to come here too. We had a couple of nights below freezing, but lately the clouds and the rain have kept the temps above 36F. But the cats are less eager to go outside, preferring to sprawl across the heating vents.

  3. Just a few light frosts, only to be noticed on rooftops and car windshields. I, like you, would rather shovel snow than scrape the windshield. I suppose it’s because I always forget to allow time for it, then I’m running late for work.

    Pretty frost pix, Judy! She was taking pix while you, ever gallant, were scraping her windshield… right?

  4. Jack Frost is taking his time in appearing in CT. We’ve had a few light frosts but nothing remarkable, and the leaves are still falling. I’ve begun to cut back the perennials – not my favorite task! What a lovely street you live on! And the golden leaves look pretty! It’s when they curl up and turn brown that I get busy.

  5. There’s something so appealing about the first frost in the garden–great photos! We had our first frost several weeks ago, which seems strange since I’m south of you, but being out in wide open spaces as I am makes a difference. One advantage to that is if I’m lucky, most of my leaves will blow far away:) I hate scraping windshields, too!

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