Friday, August 29, 2008

Down On The Farm.....

Fall is rapidly approaching......our crops are "doing their thang". Here is a quick show and tell about our cotton. The first day it blooms the flower is this creamy white.

And believe it or not that same white flower turns pink. After it turns pink it then shrivels up and falls off.

After a short time, where the flower fell off this round green bulb starts growing. Soon we will see this bulb start spliting and opening up. That may be a little while yet. The earliest we have ever harvest cotton has been in October. This ladies is the beginnings of where all that beautiful fabric we buy for our quilts comes from!!! Who knows, some of you may have quilts made from some of "OUR" cotton.

Here is a whole field of those flowers and bulbs. You can see pink and white flowers mixed. The green bulbs come on in stages. Here is a field of our cotton right here on the North side of our place. Where I live...this scene is about all you see right now in all 4 directions. I hope you enjoyed seeing the process. I will show the next stages as they come about. Right now I am busy making my pear preserves, it is a 2 day process for one batch. I'll show you my results as soon as I get the sticky wiped off the jars.
I think my "mr. farmer man" will be very excited that I have posted about his cotton!!Posted by Picasa


  1. thanks for the cotton info...never knew much about the plant....

  2. That is fascinating. In the UK we have a plant called Marsh cotton grass which has fluffy white heads and only grows in wet soil. hang on I'll find a pic:

    I'm guessing we could never grow cotton here as come October the weather would be too bad for harvesting. We're 22c now and this is meant to be the Summer!

  3. My goodness, I can't think of how many times we drove by cotton fields here in CA. Now I know a whold lot more about it. I remember reading about the history of quilts and that the women would pick the seeds out by hand to make quilt batting, ugh.

  4. Now that is cool. I didn't know any of that. You and your husband should be very proud of that beautiful field of cotton. It makes you think about the fabric on shelves. Pear preserves? Yummy, can't wait to see them.

  5. Thanks for all the info on cotton. I never took the time to find out how it was grown. I've only heard about the slave's job, picking by hand, and then picking out the seeds. Amazing, isn't it, to see what comes of it? all that lovely fabric, just waiting to be used...


  6. Thanks for the cotton info and for visiting my blog. I'd love to see how those pears turn out...lucky you!

  7. This is my first visit to your blog so I'm reading some of the older posts... I lived in cotton country in Texas for about 11 years and never once saw those flowers on the bushes! Or if I did I didn't recognize them as flowers cuz I was seeing 'em from the car as we drove past. {sigh} I miss Texas (but not the roaches!).