Frost flowers…Too cool not to share

Am I obsessed with winter?  Not really. I usually kind of dread it. But it does produce some awesomely COOL stuff.  Like movies. And snowshoe patterns. Also crochet art. Not to mention cakes. 🙂

So what’s new in the World of All Things Frozen?

If I’m understanding my research correctly, there is a “flower” that is the Mother Lode of all discoveries in the Great Outdoors.  I, myself, have never witnessed the unfurling of this particular phenomena but then, I wasn’t looking for them.  In fact, until last week, I had no idea they existed. But man, when I glanced at these beauties, I was smitten!!
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The problem is…you can’t run to the nearest greenhouse or nursery…sorry Miz Pat…to get a pot of these “flowers”.  The only way you’re going to run up on one is if the good Lord decides to produce one.

What do you look for? White.  Frosty. Weird. But pretty.

When? Usually in the fall. Early in the morning. In the shade.
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Ever hear of a Frost Flower? Me either.  But we are now and forevermore informed and aware that these wonders do, indeed, exist.

Frost Flower #1

Frost flowers form most often, in the fall when the air begins to cool down/freeze but the ground temp is still warm. The sap in the stem of a plant expands and squishes out of the stem at a weak point.  When the sap hits the freezing air, frost flowers are the result.  But…you have to be quick.  Warm sunshine is deadly to the fragile flowers!

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There are some plants that produce these flowers readily…white crownbeard

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yellow ironweed,

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American dittany

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and Helianthemum canadense.

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And now. You know.  Be ready. Have that camera fully charged and handy.  We must be quick!  Send in your Frost Flowers pics and I’ll post them here.  Come on. We can do this!!!

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4 Responses to Frost flowers…Too cool not to share

  1. heartfelt4 says:

    Have camera ready! Will see what the Lord sends me! Have you already had a frost, Debbie? We haven’t, but maybe tonight. Boo! Must protect the lovely fall blossoms!

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  2. Kitty says:

    awesome!

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