Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Maple Hill Hop 26

Maple Hill Hop

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

Friends gifted us with this banana tree.
How fun to be able to walk out into the backyard
and pick your own bananas!
 We may be long gone from this house,
but someone will benefit from this kind deed.

Shopping is not a favorite activity.
An exception, however, is made when it comes to buying plants.
I also love a bargain.
One of my favorite things to do is to stop by on the weekends
and peruse the "dead" rack.
It's the area in the back of the nursery section
where the overabundance of plants can be found,
not looking so healthy.
These French marigolds were acquired for $4.
That's 48 seedlings for less than five bucks!
It turns out they were mismarked,
but the store honored the price.
They will be used throughout the garden
and in a few pots around the house.

These white cosmos were also found on clearance.
For a buck apiece, they were irresistable.
Our additions to the garden are often found on the "dead" rack,
and for the most part, all they need is a good dose of water and the right spot to grow.

 After battling this year with lubbers,
 at least one bug jar will now be kept out in the garden.
That saves me from having to come back to the patio to retrieve one.
Sometimes, you gotta be fast to catch those suckers.

What's happening outside where you are?
Let's HOP!