IN THE FIELD: Mum’s The Word

We used to live in a small town about 30 miles from where we currently live. In the early part of last century, the town and surrounding area was a vacation destination for folks from the big city. The grand old homes are still standing, but most of the vacation cottages alongside the broad creek are long gone.

The town still has all the essentials. For instance, there are two traffic lights, a pizzeria, two banks, a small restaurant, a gas station and a wine and spirits shop. There is also a police station and fire company, and across the street from the grocery store, is a place that sells exotic plants along with the more traditional plants and flowers most folks are familiar with.

The owners of the plant store are most famous for the display they put on every autumn. Each year, they cover the hillside of the mountain they created with plants grown in their fields. There is a tunnel that bisects the mountain and also a walkway on top where you can gaze over the fields of mums. They also erect a gazebo for weddings where the six columns are located on the right side of the mountain. When the color of the earlier bloomers fade, plants are replaced with new ones to prolong the show.

I was about a week away from prime viewing time when I took this shot. By this weekend or maybe next, the hillside will be filled with color.

This photo was taken at midday. 35mm lens, f4.5 @ 1/500th

  1. October 3, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Reblogged this on nhicksbunao.

    • October 3, 2012 at 9:21 am

      Hey Nics, thanks for the re-blog and thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoy what you see!

  2. October 3, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Great photo, David. I love the title of your post. 🙂

    • October 3, 2012 at 9:24 am

      Thanks Bob, The title came to me when I was driving home…I had been trying to get real creative…wasn’t working. I said to myself…just stop…it’ll come to you. 1/2 hour later it did when I was getting gas…go figure.

  3. October 3, 2012 at 9:46 am

    That is a lot of mumming going on there! Cool shot.

    • October 4, 2012 at 8:47 am

      And it’s not even New Years Day LOL. Have you ever watched the Mummers parade? I can only watch about 5 minutes and that’s enough for several years. Kinda like the plastic slip cover thing common in Philly.

      • October 4, 2012 at 8:49 am

        They still do the plastic slip covers anywhere???? OMG!

  4. October 3, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Title had me smiling too! Great photo.. I can imagine shooting a wedding there 🙂

    • October 4, 2012 at 8:50 am

      I would imagine a wedding there would be quite nice. It’s a pretty amazing place. They have an indoor jungle along with a giant greenhouse about 150 feet long! Easy to find if you want directions!

  5. tedgriffith
    October 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm


    • October 4, 2012 at 8:56 am

      They put on quite a show. There is even a bed alongside the conservatory where they spell out the name of the place with more mums!

  6. October 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Wow – what a wonderful colourful sight! How cheerful.

    • October 4, 2012 at 8:57 am

      I stopped in during the week…on weekends the place is mobbed with folks…it’s quite an attraction!

  7. October 4, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Beautiful photo and what a display! Now that’s darned good marketing!

    • October 4, 2012 at 9:00 am

      Thanks Montucky, In the spring and summer the hill is covered with flowers and plants for those seasons. Darn good marketing indeed! side note. In the greenhouse is a Martha Washington geranium that is 42 years old! It’s about 5 feet in diameter!

  8. October 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Colours! Colours! Flowers!
    I love them.

    • October 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      I thought you would enjoy this one! I was there on Monday and I bet there is even more color now!

  9. Nandini
    October 5, 2012 at 2:10 am

    So many colors! Love them! And yes., the sky and the clouds are pretty too. 🙂

    • October 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      If you like color, this is the place! It was always a joy to drive past the fields where they grow all the mums. Color color everywhere!

  10. Jo Woolf
    October 5, 2012 at 2:49 am

    Wow, that’s a colourful display! An amazing photo, and the blue sky as a backdrop is just unreal!

    • October 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      This place always has a fantastic display. We used to live a few hundred yards away, so we saw the transformation from season to season. Truly a sight to behold. It was fun to walk in the fields where they are grown and be surrounded by all the color! I did get out the polarizer filter to get rid of some of the glaring harsh noon-time light. It darkened the sky a little also…didn’t want to add too much cause it began to look false.

  11. October 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    If this wasn’t “prime,” then you’re holding out for “Optimus Prime.” I hope no one leaves this page without clicking on the photo to view it full-screen.

  12. October 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I wasn’t kidding about “prime viewing”…it should be just about ready next week. I’ll be out that way for sure on next weekend! It’s a pretty big hill to cover on all sides with the mums…it’s an amazing sight! We used to live about 2000 feet away so we were frequent visitors…oh darn.

  13. October 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    What a beautiful array of colours! Thank you to J A Robinson for the reminder to click to full screen! Amazing and heart warming. Prime time must be something else!! 🙂

    • October 9, 2012 at 8:58 am

      “Prime time” is indeed a sight to see!!!

  14. October 7, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Beautiful variety of colors!

    • October 9, 2012 at 8:59 am

      It sure is…we’ve had a bunch of rain lately and I sure hope they have held up. I’m hoping to get back out that way this weekend!

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