Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Maple Hill Hop

I was saddened when Jean stopped hosting
Bloomin' Tuesday a few months back.
I'm working on a new hop that pays homage to her.

Maple Hill Hop
"Puter" is not my native language,
so bear with me as I try to figure this out.

Here's what's going on at Maple Hill this week.

morning glory


Guess who's baaaa-aack!

dill seed


The lemons from our tree have never yielded edible fruit.
This year, they seem to be turning yellow earlier than any other year.
Maybe this is the year we get some for juicing!

I'm so excited that our beans are coming up!
They were planted in the square-foot bed...

as well as in a couple of planters.

Willya look at this?
I'm growin' snap peas, people!

The beets are showing up right on time.
Thanks to my farmer friends, Faye & Lynn,
I feel more confident that we will actually be eating well this fall.

A fresh layer of pine straw mulch was applied this weekend.

It aids in moisture retention and keeps weeds at bay.

A couple of stray sunflowers decided that they want to welcome in autumn.

butterfly vine

An array of zinnias are still hanging around the backyard.

daisy & salvia


moonflower bud


native salvia

salvia & jasmine

cotton bud & beautyberry

This is one of the sweetest zinnias I've seen in a long time.
It reminds me of a sea anemone.

A neighbor "borrowed" some magnolia seeds from another neighbor.
I told her I would try to grow her one.
It took about 3 weeks for this to pop up, but it finally did.
Won't she be surprised when I leave this on her porch!

I could get used to these beautiful autumn days.
Whatcha been up to?