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The Frosted Garden – Part Two

Artefacts, ornaments, sculpture and collected objects all come to life with a coating of frost. When the garden takes on its bare look of winter these items gain extra significance . Some are completely hidden during the growing months and we can appreciate them anew as leaves fall and greenery dies down.

In “The Stumpery” in our front garden, which could well be the world’s smallest stumpery featuring only one stump, a rusted iron sculpture based on ferns is given new life when rimmed with frost.


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In “The Beth Chatto Border” our sundial and terracotta oil jars are given extra texture detail with a cold white coating.



Lanterns hang throughout the garden some from arches and some on their own stands like shepherds’ crooks.DSC_0122 DSC_0125

Chicken sculptures abound as you might expect!

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And finally a look at a piece made in hammered sheet copper by our daughter, Jo. The frost hides its shine, intensifies its texture and calms its colours.


By greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.

12 replies on “The Frosted Garden – Part Two”

Your frost pictures are wonderful, and, of course, I love the chicken sculptures. We get frost before the snow arrives and after that it is just a bed of snow until April. We miss all this beauty so thanks for sharing.

Wonderful series of frost and winter garden photography. If the weather forecast for the end of the week is correct your camera may well be busy!

It seems as if the plants are covered in glass beading – Nature can be a very clever seamstress!

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