Penstemon cardwellii had a rim of wicked spikes around most of its leaves, but at least you can still see green.
You can see green through the frost on this bergenia, but it still covers almost every surface.
Some of those frost crystals are almost half an inch long!
What's this, some sort of nightmarish sawgrass? Well, it a carex, Carex comans.
It looks rather dangerous with this temporary winter coat on, but the crystals are so fragile.
Look! A white-needled dwarf conifer! Oh, wait, that's lime thyme with a thick coating of ice crystals.
Helleborus x sternii with more Carex comans. Serenely silver pre-frost, now their armed to the teeth. Well, the hellebore is, at least. The carex doesn't have serrated margins. (Who ordered the painful horticultural humor?)
Here's one of those I knew I'd have trouble remembering. Care to take a guess?
If you guessed Sedum oreganum, you're correct! The barely-visible gravel and a bit of a sedum rosette peaking out in the upper left clued me in. What tipped you off? Yes, cheesy humor is what happens when I blog while especially tired. No more late-night plant research for me.
Have you heard of frost flowers? Usually, they're the result of water in dead stems being extruded in thin, frozen sheets that curl. Personally, I've never seen any that actually looked like flowers, but that's what they're called. I did find a different kind of frost flower on my newly-planted Seseli gummiferum, though. Rather than being extruded from the plant, I'm fairly sure these were deposited by freezing fog, but they actually look like flowers!
Rather than the jagged crystals that formed on most of the other plants, some combination of factors resulted in fan-shaped crystals that layered on top of each other. A few formed these perfect rosettes, just like a flower.
I don't think I've ever seen this before. It wasn't easy to photograph, either, but I think I managed to capture this ephemeral beauty.
Odd elephant or bizarre dragonfly? What do you see in the frost covering the leaf on this moon carrot?
Even the snowflakes are green with envy. Or is that a frosted Erysimum seedling? I do hope I don't loose too many of these little plants, which I put in only two weeks before the frost hit.
I hope Magnolia globosa actually went dormant before the frost came and brought down its leaves. It doesn't seem to like going to bed in the fall, and it had some tip die-back last spring. I'll worry later. For now, look at that frosty leaf!
And this one, from Magnolia wilsonii. It's covered in those fan-shaped crystals, though no flowers. I'd love to know why the frost formed this way as opposed to the spiky crystals.
And then there's this guy. While there were plenty of places where the sun had hit and melted the frost, I can't quite understand how this pieris, and the ground underneath it, are frost-free while everything else around it is covered. It did come from Portland, via Anna of Flutter & Hum. Maybe it had some residual urban heat island effect stored up. That seems plausible, right?
In case you're wondering, the lowest temperature at my garden during this cold spell was somewhere around 18-20 degrees Fahrenheit. I really hope that's as cold as it gets this winter. I dream of gardening somewhere it never gets below about 28 degrees. I don't want to give up seasons entirely. Though I also want summer highs in the 70's and low 80's, with only rare stretches into the 90's. Picky, picky.
Well, the frost was pretty, but I'm happy to see it go. Low temperatures are supposed to rise above freezing this week. That does also mean the rain returns and the sun virtually disappears again. I hate this time of year, when it's practically dark just after 4. Soon, though, the days will start getting longer again. Until then, I've got lots more pictures of sunny Cannon Beach to sustain myself, which I'll share later this week.