1 The giant in-ground bird bath is now frozen solid.
2 Frozen bubbles and frozen leaves
3 This maple leaf is frozen on the surface of the water, allowing for frost to form on it.
4 More frosty leaves atop frosty grass and frosty clover
5 Things are beginning to look a lot like winter at the farm.
6 There is still a lot to prune and clean up, after last October's freak snowstorm, like this hanging tree limb. You can see how many leaves were still on the tree when it became covered with heavy snow, causing it to break.
7 There are still so many green apples clinging to this apple tree.
8 These crab apples have become quite shriveled.
9 The little pond in a far corner of the farm has a skin of ice on top.
10 And it's cold enough for ice to form along the little running streams.
11 A macro shot of ice crystals on a Christmas fern frond
12 Another macro
13 And another
14 The crew has been working around the clock attaching the burlap to all of the wooden framework.
15 This is one of the herb gardens on the stone terrace.
16 Most of the terrace gardens have been covered already.
17 Gyurme stitches the burlap together using jute twine and a big needle.
18 All of my urns get a plywood top and are covered in plastic sheeting before being shrouded with burlap.
19 My collection of Japanese-inspired shrubs and stewartia tree in cement planters seem fine left out from year to year.
20 Do you see the little chickadee?
21 The new greenhouse is a very toasty place to be on an icy cold day.
22 Ryan, my gardener, makes the rounds checking the temperature inside all of the greenhouses, as it grows colder outside.
23 If the heater fails and it falls below 50-degrees inside this greenhouse, my tropicals are in trouble! Fortunately, it was a balmy 68 degrees inside. Ryan, who is from sunny Los Angeles, would prefer staying in here.
24 However, he bundled up and headed outdoors to cut back the peony garden. Ryan has noticed that with the recent extreme temperature fluctuations, many plants have become confused and are sending up new growth.
25 Like these spring-flowering daffodils emerging through the frosty ground in December!
26 The vents of the exhaust fans of the cold house have also been covered with plastic and burlap.
27 I'm a firm believer in 'a ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.'
28 The vegetables in the cold house are growing splendidly.
29 My arugula, or rocket, is growing especially well. This rather spicy green is high in vitamins A and C.
30 If you find the flavor of arugula just a bit too intense, mizuna is an excellent alternative. It has a mild, peppery flavor and is excellent in salads as well as soups and stir-fries.
31 Spinach is a main ingredient of my morning green juice and I love having so much of it fresh every day.
32 Chard comes by many names - Swiss chard, silver beet, perpetual spinach, and spinach beet. The leaves are always green, but the stalks vary in color. This variety is called Five Color and offers pink, yellow, orange, red, and white stalks.
33 Beets are chenopods, the same family as chard, as seen here with similar stalks and leaves.
34 Radishes are also growing beautifully. This variety, Cherry Belle, is the same round type found in most supermarkets. A cruciferous vegetable, like broccoli, cabbage, and kale, radishes offer cancer-protecting potential.
35 Beautiful rosettes of mache, also called lambs lettuce, have a sweet, nutty flavor. Originally from France, mache has been gaining popularity in the United States.
36 The smaller tropical plants are kept in this smaller heated hoop house.
37 The buds of this cymbidium orchid are about to burst open.
38 The Duranta, or Brazilian Sky Flower, are blooming prolifically. Native to South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean, the flowers of this showy shrub attract bees and butterflies.
39 Also in the hoop house are my giant tree ferns. Some species have scales on the stems and leaves, while others have hairs.
40 Like this unfurling frond taken with the macro setting.
41 This is the pretty flower of Japanese Camellia (Camellia japonica), which is sometimes called the rose of winter.
42 There are thousands of Camellia japonica varieties and this showy one is called April Tryst.
43 These fuzzy leaves belong to the felt Kalanchoe plant, which are velvety to the touch and have a fine covering of brown hairs.
44 This is the felt kalanchoe's rather primitive-looking long stem. The indentations are where leaves once were.
45 This very healthy plant is called a ponytail palm, but it isn't really a palm at all. Rather, it's a member of the lily family. It's also called an elephant's foot because it has a large bulbous gray base.
46 This plant is a dracaena, part of a family of over 40 varieties of shrubs and small trees. We have been training this plant by braiding its long stems together.
47 A macro of the dracaena's patterned stem, which occurs when leaves mature and fall off.
48 And speaking of keeping things warm - My chicken coops are heated with infra-red heat lamps.
49 A Partridge Wyandotte, or a Clean Legged Bantam, and a Black Cochin Bantam
50 The Black Cochin Bantam is known for its coal black plumage, which has a greenish sheen in the sun. It's quite a beautiful bird and lays brown eggs.