A Botanist in the Frost

Frosted Daisy, Bellis perennis
© Karen Netto (Andrews)

Jack Frost partied hard overnight. Evidence of his overnight visit was everywhere following a relatively mild Christmas and start to the New Year.

Sheltering from the cold against a hedge
© Karen Netto (Andrews)

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.

Bovine curiosity
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Frosted grass leaf blades
© Karen Netto (Andrews)

It was interesting to note how frost emphasises the margins of grass leaf blades.

Frost crystals on grass leaf blades
Frosted grass
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The frost highlights the positions of stinging hairs on nettles, Urtica dioica.

Stinging Nettle, Urtica dioica in frost
© Karen Netto (Andrews)
Frost highlights the structure of Stinging Nettles, Urtica dioica
© Karen Netto (Andrews)

Other types of frosted vegetation:

Frosted Ivy-leaved Toadflax
© Karen Netto (Andrews)
Frosted moss
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Frosted wild Geranium species
Frosted Geranium leaves
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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.

Frosted daisy
Frosted Daisy, Bellis Perennis
© Karen Netto (Andrews)

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.

Copyright Note 

© Karen Netto (Andrews)

These pages illustrate my love of plants, botany, biodiversity, gardens and creative expression. There is always so much to learn about plant diversity. I love sharing. This blog is a showcase for my own photography, commentary on plants and wildlife, gardens and other places visited, horticulture and related topics.

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