Sunday, January 24, 2016

Frosty Mornings...

Maybe it's because I just never noticed.
Or, maybe it was because the grasses in the Deer Grove
were all pushed over or washed away,
in the Halloween Flood.

Or, maybe I was looking out the window,
at just the right time.

But, I got to see the Frostweed, when it was doing its thing.

I was looking out the kitchen window,
and I could see something white in the Grove.

It was 24 degrees.
Yes...not bad, considering the blizzard going on 
in the Northeast.

So, I grabbed my camera and went out to investigate.
Sure was the Frostweed.

Frostweed (Verbesina virginica) stores water in its stems.
When the temperature gets really low,
the stems burst open, and the water comes out and freezes.

I didn't touch it. But, it looks like shaving cream.

When I went out a couple hours later, 
the foam was if it never was there.

Isn't Nature interesting?

I searched my files, and couldn't find one photo of this
plant in summer.
So, I borrowed one from the Wildflower site.

It's a nice looking plant, although unremarkable until it blooms.
The white bloom clusters are nice.
It blooms in early fall.

In the Grove, it lives without much water....none at all in most summers.
And, the deer don't touch it.

Maybe I need to move one up to the house.  
Not sure how well it might transplant.

We haven't had any real rain in a while.
Less than a tenth of an inch, over a week ago.

We're supposed to be getting more rain than usual,
because of El Nino.

We'll have to water soon, if nothing happens.


I hope you're safe a warm where you are.

'Til next time...

Happy Gardening...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Light in Winter...

We've had an interesting winter, so far.
A few days warm, then a few days cold.

But, whatever the temperature, the winter light is wonderful....
especially the morning light.

This last Sunday was cold...a heavy frost.

But, the light sparkled.
Streaming across the fairway...

On the front side of the yard...

And streaming in the front windows.

It's a completely different angle, from the rest of the year.

I like it....


Speaking of things I like...

Tomorrow is this guy's birthday.
We've spent quite a few of these together.

And, it's been a pretty fun ride.

Happy Birthday, Mr. P....
Hoping for many more.

'Til next time...

Happy Gardening...

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

That's Pretty Seedy...

We've been busy around here,
taking down the holidays, and getting back to normal...
or what we call normal.

One busy chore we've had is seeds.
Millions and millions of seeds.

You see, we live under a lot of Cedar Elms.
Usually, I'm whining about all the leaves.  Usually, the fall brings TONS of
We sweep them up and pile them in the beds as mulch and in the compost bin...
which is really a 'leaf rotting' bin.  
The deer don't leave green stuff in there long enough to compost. 

Yeah, I know...we could wire it off...but....

Anyway...the trees also have seeds. Those seeds usually fall in October.
Not this year.
This year they started falling in late November.

And, we have a bumper crop.

They can't be put in the beds or compost.
All of those seeds will turn into little Cedar Elms.
Millions and millions of Cedar Elms.

We'll have enough that will have to be dug up, 
just from the ones that fall into the beds.

So, we sweep them up and carry them to the Deer Grove.
The deer like them, and so do the squirrels.

Those in these photos fell in one day.
That's the porch and deck.
Didn't get a photo of the driveway...
But, it's almost over.

We'll have a short leaf break, and then the Live Oaks will start
doing their thing.

I still love the trees...

By the way...
Can you believe January is almost half over?

Me either...

Happy Gardening...