Brrrr 24F

That was the temperature this morning at our house. And that can only mean one thing…

Frostweed (Verbesina virginica) was frosting! However I must say that the frost on the plant was not as big as it has been in the past. I supposed the lack rain this year is reasonable theory.
Partridge Pea frost.
Arkansas Yucca too!
Ragweed sparkled as well.
Yesterday’s tall stinkhorn (Phallus) bent over. Later in the day I saw two millipedes at the base. None were chowing down though.
So in years past I have only noticed the Nodding Ladies-tresses (Spiranthes cernua) new leaves growth in late winter or early spring.
Perhaps I had never looked close before. Here a new leaf was coming up at this one’s base.

Another had been chewed on.
Most of our Post Oaks have assortment of green to brown leaves still attached.
A few of the Cedar Elm’s leaves are hanging on.
However most all the Hackberries are fairly bare.

So I wonder with the 24F this morning if tomorrow will bring a lot of leaf dropping? Time will tell, eh. 😉

Just in case the frost made you cold here’s a shot of our star with its sun spots. The Sun spots even have names. Not very imaginative names so I will leave to y’all to come up with more exciting names for the spots. LOL
And the full moon was pretty awesome too!

Female Rangers ‘Don’t Go All Alpha Like the Men’ to Protect a Forest

Momentous Discovery Shows Neanderthals Could Produce Human-Like Speech

Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know


  1. Thought we were going to get to the upper 20’s but cloud cover came and held the temp at 43. It is really interesting how we get the gulf air affect when it comes to clouds and humidity that doesn’t reach up to N TX and the cold fronts and rains that don’t always get south enough to reach us. TX is a BIG state.
    Frostweed is complicated. I have seen years when we got nothing. I have assumed we need a first freeze before we get the frost making but I think that may be too simple of a theory. I remember in Carrollton I wouldn’t see the ice crystals until a second good freeze. But if too much time went by between them, all the sap would disappear and we got no crystals. I haven’t seen a good icing down here since I moved. Too dry? Also in Carrollton I found the plants close to our house got too much protection much of the time.
    And with the trees, our cedar elms have all lost their leaves but my hackberry next to my cabin still has most of its leaves. ????

    1. Kathy, I find the Frostweed will not frost until the temperature gets to about 24f. Even 27F will not do it. We have several of those this season already. And this is what I have observed at our house. And our Frostweed is not sheltered. Crazy about the tree leaves too.

  2. We hit 24 a second time and it killed the uncovered lettuce this time. Frostweed didn’t go, presumably the leafy oak here protected it. Nice article about female rangers!

  3. Very nice photo of the moon. We only got to 31° last night. I like the Neanderthal article. Tho it didn’t surprise me.

  4. The sun video is way cool!
    But what the heck does AR stand for in the nomenclature?

    Rising moon shot eerie the way it appears to be enclosed by the clouds

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