Yesterday, in my post about Our Tour of Oak Alley Plantation, I shared that we saw field upon field of sugarcane crops while on our trip. I promised to give more information about the sugarcane farming that’s so prevalent in Southern Louisiana.
We noticed every stage of growth and harvesting going on. By all appearances, it will continue for some time, since there were also fields of young plantings that need time to mature.
Those of you who don’t live in the South may not realize that it’s warm and cool here, changing back and forth whimsically throughout winter. Many years we have a hot Christmas. (I know…not my favorite, either). In coastal Louisiana, it does the same, but increased 7-8 degrees over our temperatures here in North Mississippi.
All that to say, sugarcane crops could realistically be grown almost year-round. But……I have heard we’re in for another hard winter, like last year.
I thought you might enjoy this short video about sugarcane farming.
That was nice to learn how they replant some canes for a new crop. They make it look so simple!
Let’s move on to what’s blooming in The Land of Making Do.
This Athena Elm was given to us as a memorial for HH’s father after we lost him to cancer in 2008. By the way, that’s a neat thing to do for someone who loses a loved one. The tree stands firm as a strong reminder of a life well lived.
As I passed by this tree on the way to the barn, I noticed something I’ve never seen from this tree before.
Later inside, I pulled my Landscape and Gardening Journal from the cabinet and read the tree tag again to be sure. Yep. It doesn’t say one thing about blooms. But, here they are, these tiny paper-like petals, blowing gently in the breeze.
The coloring reminds me of what the old hydrangea blooms are doing right now.
We still have some fresh blooms to enjoy, too.
Between the hydrangea bushes, our hot-pink Camellia is filled with buds.
The mums barely survived my non-watering summer.
Above the mum, the Hyacinth Bean Vine’s blooms and pods are fun to see.
Beside the front porch, French Tarragon is blooming. The scent does intoxicate!
Notice the Candy Corn vine behind it on the trellis.
It’s filling out more since my Tablescape of Candy Corn post. Maybe it does prefer temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s.
Oh, I’ve been meaning to update you on this little snow princess on the porch that’s blooming away again after its August trim.
It’s wonderful to watch things happening in your yard through the seasons. Things transform through the cycles of life. Do you enjoy that as much as I do? What a blessed gift of God’s creation!
So, what’s blooming in your yard? Many of you have colorful trees right now. I hope to be further north soon to grab a peek! Relish the coloring you have, wherever you are.