This is something I look forward to in spite of the very cold weather needed to create these frost flowers. After the first or second really hard frost, is the best time to go hunting frost flowers.
Thirty degree or even high twenties are not cold enough. Frost flowers need low twenties to be really nice.
This year I missed going out after the first hard frost. I had to be somewhere else and couldn’t take the time to go out walking.
The weather got mild again. Frost was only a memory. Grass greened up. Then the wind began to blow.
All day the wind blew out of the west and north. It had a bite to it edged with ice. Frost the wind whispered.
The wind told the truth. Twenty-three degrees turns the ground hard and spreads white ice over everything. Frost flower weather.
Nothing happens in my house before the cats have breakfast. As soon as they were eating, I grabbed my camera to race out on the hill over the south pasture.
Not every plant will produce frost flowers. Dittany is reliable. Dittany grows in the woods on the hill over the south pasture.
This year I missed the really spectacular frost flowers. My friend always goes up the road looking. Some years there are none.
Frost flowers ten inches tall were on some roadside weeds this year. At least that is what I was told as I finished milking.
Grabbing my camera I raced up the road to see these beauties. Alas the sun beat me there. A touch of sun and a frost flower melts not to reappear until next fall when the first really hard frosts arrive.