Frost Flowers #2

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Please note I’ve changed the format of the blog emails. They now include just the introduction to each post. Click the link at the bottom of the email to see the full post.

This is a follow-up to last week’s post about these amazing ice crystals. We’ve now had six days with low temperatures below freezing, and each morning there have been more frost flowers on the two Dittany plants (Cunila origanoides).

Frost flower 4 on Cunila origanoides

Each “flower” has been quite different and I’ve had great fun photographing them from different angles and in different light. However, once the sun reaches them they soon begin to melt.

Frost flower 5 on cunia origanoides

I’m amazed to know the roots had enough moisture to create these ice crystals for six days. On day five they were smaller, and I thought perhaps the show was over. However, on day six, after a low of 25 degrees, there were two new creations, including this one.

Frost flower 6 on cunila origanoides

Some local  folks who live in the country are frequently seeing frost flowers. I get the idea that most of those ice crystals are on the larger plants mentioned in last week’s post rather than Dittany, however I’m not sure.

I appreciate the response to last week’s post. Among other things, I’ve learned that Dittany is a medicinal and culinary herb. If you’re interested in planting it, two possible sources are Shooting Star Nursery (in Kentucky) and Missouri Wildflowers Nursery.

3 thoughts on “Frost Flowers #2”

  1. Betty, this is a very nice enhancement to your blog site. Congratulations to Brian? I continue to be fascinated by your pictures of frost flowers, just showed them to Eva and she is also impressed.

    1. Thanks, David. Glad to know that you and Eva share my fascination for frost flowers. Yes, Brian gets credit for the changes to the blog site and I’ll pass along your comments. The technical side of the blog is way beyond me.

    2. Thanks, David. Yes, Brian gets full credit for the blog site changes and I’ll pass along your comments to him. The technical side of blogs is far beyond me. Glad to know you and Eva share my fascination for the frost flowers.

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