Frosted Zinnias

In the curious world of culinary conundrums, there remains the quixotic question of whether it is better to eat FROSTED ZINNIAS fresh…    ???????????????????????????????

Just as the first rays of sun following the first hard frost???????????????????????????????

kiss the fabulous flower.  ???????????????????????????????

FRESH and TASTY!  ???????????????????????????????

The Divine Delicacy.  ???????????????????????????????





OR, is it preferable to be patient? To wait for the first snow…???????????????????????????????

Then eat the frozen flower with a hearty helping of frosting?  DSC07997



Hmmmmmm.  A curious question indeed!  Me?  I tend to favor FRESH over FROSTING.???????????????????????????????










61 thoughts on “Frosted Zinnias

    1. Yes. Lots of snow. We had a 2 to 3 inch snow come through Sunday, followed by bona fide cold winter weather. Take a deep breath. It appears to be January out there!

    1. Thank you so much. The zinnias were really pretty that first frosted morning. Of course by evening, they were shot! Cheers. 🙂

    1. Thanks Amy. I fear that is about it for the flower pictures this year. But the song birds are flocking to the feeders now that winter has come in force. Plenty of photographic opportunities there! 🙂

    1. Thanks Heartafire! It really was an incredible sight. The frosted zinnias only lasted about an hour. Frost, some sun and the zinnias were done. 🙂

    1. You are most welcome, Jet. Feels like you could reach out and touch them, eh? Or pluck one and eat it. Mmmmmm. 🙂

    1. Thanks. Yep, this is goodbye to the flowering garden. The song birds are back, though. That is the visual stimulation for the next few months. Looks like a long winter coming. The national weather service says “No” but the wooly worms have been very active, which we locals take as a sign of cold weather coming. Have a great day. 🙂

      1. The other day the sky was gray and it was a bit windy. The birds took shelter under the vines on the arbor. We were promised rain, but you know about promises. I did believe the birds though. So I would go with what the animals tell us. I believe your fuzzy worms. We had a WHOLE quarter of an inch of rain, but I didn’t have to water so I am grateful.

    1. Twist your head and the garden is beautiful any time of year. But the zinnias are done for now. I’ll start fresh from seed next spring. 🙂

    1. Yep. Ready for munching. Crunch! Mmmmm. Tasty! Nature’s candy store, here in the garden. Have a great day. Best wishes with the cold Chicago winter. Its here! 🙂

    1. Hi Julie. Yes, I am well. Thoroughly distracted of late, but well. Thank you so much for checking. The zinnias sure looked good on the first frosty morning, but they are shot now. Too bad, but they had a hell of a run this summer! Cheers. 🙂

    1. Thank you Nia. Amazingly enough, we are indeed into winter days. Fortunately, I like winter. Something about cold and snow really works for me. I hope you are faring well in Istanbul. 🙂

    1. Hi Christiane. Yes, the zinnias did look fabulous after the first frost. Art, you say? How about that for nature art! Of course, the poor little flowers turned brown by that evening and soon I will cut them down, but such fun they were this summer. I hope you and your garden fare well in the Alsatian winter. 🙂

  1. These hardy and beautiful flowers were blooming up until the last…amazing photos. Thank you.

    1. You are welcome. Yep, the bloomed right up to the frost, then went brown in one mass die off. But lazy me, I haven’t cut them down yet, so I captured them covered with snow as well. Thanks for letting me share. 🙂

  2. The zinnias do look good enough to eat with a sprinkle of sugar coated candy. Keep the winter pictures coming, so fascinating to watch your garden transition through the seasons. Thanks Jim!

    1. Hi Sharon. You are most welcome. I fear the transition to winter is complete and rather abrupt. Here we are. The flowers are done, but the birds are back and they are always fun. And hungry! Thanks for checking in. 🙂

    1. The garden came crashing right into winter. Guess what – winter won! Yes, we had a nice 2 or 3 inch snow on Sunday followed by an arctic blast. So far the snow has stuck around but I hear we are in for that fabulous weather known as freezing rain over the weekend. YIKES! 🙂

    1. Meg, my dear. I can’t believe you called me Jimmy in public here, for the whole world to see. Come on sister, you are like the only person who calls me Jimmy! Jimbo, maybe. But Jimmy? Only Meg! (Until now) 🙂 Yes, I am going to send you files so you can enjoy Frosted Zinnias forever! Cheers. Love you! 🙂

    1. Hi Margaret. Remind you of Michigan? Yes ma’am, the zinnas are done now. I’ll plant more seeds and hope for the best in the spring. Meanwhile, it is bird watching time here in Indiana. Cheers. 🙂

    1. Thanks Alice. The frosty zinnias were available to be photographed for about on hour on sunny sunday morning. I think they are the prettiest flowers I’ve presented yet. 🙂

    1. Thanks. Yep, the warmth has slipped away. So has the light. Dark and cold but pretty in its own stark way. And always beautiful to behold with some snow on the ground. 🙂

    1. Thanks Julia. Those are among my favorite photos of the year. The sun and frost combo only lasted about an hour one morning in October but I caught it on camera. I hope you have a nice week as well. 🙂

  3. Oh my goodness, I was drooling over your photographs, and you made me smile with the captions! I am partial to ice and snow and wintery climates, must be something about living in the tropics, so I do appreciate every photo here. Well done.

    1. Thanks. California is nice. I know it well. But I do love the lush green world around here, where flowers grow because it rains, blooming straight into that first hard frost. Have a great day. 🙂

  4. Hello, Jim! It is a veritable Feast You present Us here! And all this from Your own very garden too! And a Really Beautiful garden it is. I cannot believe all this would be achieved without quite a lot of work from Your side. So Kudos on all Your efforts!

    You also have a Very good ‘About’ page. Would have liked to comment there, but could not, as it does not open in an https page. Hearty Regards. 🙂

    1. Thanks. It is quite the visual feast here. Sometimes I’m able to capture some of the essence of it. And yes it is plenty of work, but the lucky guy I am, I get the opportunity to pursue a passion. Who could ask for more? Have a wonderful day. 🙂

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