Jack Frost partied hard overnight. Evidence of his overnight visit was everywhere following a relatively mild Christmas and start to the New Year.
The local livestock were sheltering against a hedge. The country lane was quiet. Most humans, other than dog-walkers, were staying in the warm. The peculiar antics of a botanist with a camera proved the subject of much bovine curiosity and puzzlement.
It was interesting to note how frost emphasises the margins of grass leaf blades.
The frost highlights the positions of stinging hairs on nettles, Urtica dioica.
Other types of frosted vegetation:
Winter Heliotrope, Petasites fragrans, had featured in the BSBI New Year Plant Hunt just a few days earlier. Now, many of the flowers were curling over to protecting themselves from the cold.
It was particularly interesting to note how daisies were behaving in the frost, given the previous blog on the Daisy as a weather barometer and clock.
Plant blindness seems to reach its peak in the winter. A botanical walk in the frosty countryside demonstrated how much there is to see if you look more closely and pay attention to plant structures.
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