Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Maple Hill Hop 25

Maple Hill Hop

Welcome to 
The Maple Hill Hop,
where we share what's happening outside our doors.

Let's take a look around Maple Hill.

As I went to hang clothes out yesterday,
I was greeted by a trio of long-legged visitors.

These calabaza (pumpkin) plants were sown on March 18th.
By April 3rd, this is how they looked.

This was taken less than a week later.
I'm so happy with the way they are growing...

another seed tray was sown.
These will be swapped at the next ROC meeting.
It's a group that meets once a month to discuss various gardening topics,
with an organic perspective.

Eggplant seedlings will also be offered at the swap,
as there are half a dozen already in the ground for us to tend.

The Old Virginia tomatoes have taken off.
This is my first serious attempt at growing my own maters.
So far, so good!

My farming coach, Lynn,
had gifted me with one of his Celebrity varieties.
It was recently transplanted into a container.

There are two types of eggplant being grown.
One is a white variety,
while this one is a speckled purple and white.
I've been missing me some eggplant!

The sugar snaps are growing taller than the trellis I had fashioned for them.
We are still harvesting them, but it seems that this batch is slowing down.
Fortunately, another row has been planted elsewhere and is coming along.

The peanuts I had feared were frostbitten beyond repair are coming back.
This makes a wonderful ground cover and when in bloom,
has delicate, bright  yellow flowers.

Lil' Guy found this cutie inside our patio the other day.
He posed for us so nicely.

Our amaryllis is starting to pop.
Thankfully, all those grasshoppers we had earlier in the year
did not completely destroy the plants.

They just scream Spring.

In every stage, they are fascinating and magical.

This pine sapling was transplanted a few weeks ago.
It wasn't getting enough water from the irrigation system.
It seems pretty happy now.

I'm diggin' the paths that were recently added in the backyard bed.
It breaks up the bed a bit and creates a place to wander.

These can be found on almost every window where we have our solar screens.
I guess it's just the right spot to snuggle in and enjoy a good snooze.

Sunflowers courtesy of the careless cardinals using our birdfeeder.

The amazing passionflower doesn't show any signs of gulf fritillary caterpillars yet,
but we know it's just a matter of time.

That's what's happening where we are here in Central Florida.
What's going on where you are?

Let's HOP!