First Frosty Fall Morning

October 19, 2009

Okay, The Farmer says he saw some frost yesterday morning, but I didn’t see it, so I’m counting today as the first frost of this season.  Which I’d call a good sign of fall!

And yes, I know.  Some places have already had snow.  But then some places will never see frost.  As the real estate people are fond of saying, “Location, location, location.”

When The Farmer left for work this morning, the pond was steaming.

Steam Rising Off Pond

I thought that was kind of cool, so I grabbed my camera and went out to see what other signs of fall I could see.

Frosty wool on sheep seems like a pretty good sign of fall.

Sheep With Frosty Wool

They actually seem to enjoy the frosty weather, and get rather frisky this time of year.

There are still some blooms hanging on the camellia bush.  I took a few pictures of frosty blossoms, but then I noticed this one particular flower in the shadows with a cold critter in residence:

Frosty Camellia Blossom With Cold Bee

I think the bee is in semi-hibernation there, waiting for the sun to warm it back up.

The sun was quickly melting the frost off plants, but there was still a little on the tea viburnum:

Frosty Tea Viburnum (Viburnum setgerum)

Down in the bottom pasture, sunlight was shining and little frost remained.  However, at the edge of the woods, a frosty vine was looping through one of the trees.

Frosty Vine

As for other signs of fall, well, the leaves have fallen off the walnut trees.  They’re the last to get leaves in the spring, and the first to lose them in the fall.  Go figure.  And of course, there are walnuts all over the ground, not to mention acorns and hickory nuts.  And we have a little fall color:

Red Leaves

Unfortunately, that may be ALL the fall color we get.  The leaves around here are more prone to just turn brown and fall off.  I do miss the vibrant fall colors seen further north!

Cooler days and dead leaves and occasionally some frost . . . I guess that’s as much signs of fall as we’ll probably see!

Winter’s Star Camellia

October 2, 2009

It’s that time of year again, when my one and only camellia bush blooms. When I lived further north, I always wanted a camellia, but they don’t take kindly to really cold winters, so that killed that idea (just like it would have killed the bush, ha, ha!).

When I got further south and we moved to the farm, one of the first things I planted was this Camellia ‘Winter’s Star’ (camellia oleifera).  It’s a little hardier, and seems to be doing well here.   About a week ago it was in bud.

Camellia 'Winter's Star' (camellia oleifera) buds

It didn’t take long until the buds opened up.

Camellia 'Winter Star's' (camellia oleifera) bloom

There are bud and blooms all over the bush.

Camellia 'Winter's Star' (camellia oleifera) bush

This picture doesn’t really do it justice.  The sun was a little too bright shining off the blooms, so you’ll just have to take my word for it that it’s a beautiful bush.

At any rate, I sure like it!

It’s that time of year…

November 17, 2007

No, I’m not talking about the time of year for Thanksgiving or Christmas, though it certainly is the season for those also! But here on the farm it’s also time for the yearly bloom of my ‘Winter Star’ Camellia…
I hope to get some better pictures when more of the buds have opened!