Abies balsamea 'Nana'

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wednesday Vignette: Highwire Highlights

The past weekend brought the first frost of the season to my garden, along with many others. And like many other bloggers, I took the opportunity to take pictures of plants covered in frost. I'm sharing a couple of these photos for Wednesday Vignette, hosted by Anna of Flutter & Hum. In the spirit of the season, I should say that I'm thankful the weather cooled down gradually and we had a few light frosts before it gets down into the 20s this week. It's much better for plants than balmy weather followed by a sudden freeze in one day.

Back to the vignettes for this week. I love the way frost covers certain plants, and especially love frosted spider webs. The lines in the first photo reminded me of lines on a suspension bridge or a tightrope, thus the title of this post. This web is on a Cornus alternifolia 'Golden Shadows' that I'm working on placing, along with the other potted plants you see in the background.

The second photo is of a few wisps of web in the Cedrus deodara. The frost accentuates the color of the cedar and the lines of the spiderwebs move in counterpoint to the lines of the branches.


10 comments:

  1. That's so funny - my visual interpretation of your top picture was that you were trying to train your Dogwood somehow, and those strings or wires were there for support. I know you explicitly said "spider webs", but it wasn't until my eyes moved on to photo #2 that I realized that my imaginary "support structure" in photo #1 was actually spider webbing too! Wow - the frost makes them look so impressively thick!

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    1. Haha! Oh, that is funny! Maybe I can train the spiders to strengthen their webs to the point they could actually shape my trees. I do hate boring, straight branches.

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  2. Frosted spider webs? How come I never noticed them before? God knows I walked into plenty of webs throughout the Autumn. Could they have all been ruined by the rain of the last few weeks, or have I not been very observant? It sure looks cool in the pictures.

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    1. They're usually pretty ragged by this time of year. I was lucky to find these few strands, though I probably could have found more if I had gone into the woods or the field below the veggie garden.

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  3. Nothing highlights shapes like ice! Happy Thanksgiving Evan!

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  4. Frost can be so beautiful as your images illustrate so well but wouldn't it be interesting to live in a frost-free climate?

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    1. Yes it would! Though I'm not sure I'd want to give up seasons entirely. I'd be happy to skip winter, though.

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  5. That last photo is a frosty wonder.

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