Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Maple Hill Hop 44

Maple Hill Hop

Summer is movin' right along here in Central Florida.
The gloriosa daisies don't seem to be fazed by the soaring thermometer.

They keep on blooming day after day,
regardless of the relenting sun.

Others are providing seeds to ensure future blooms.

 The bright magenta jewels on the native beautyberry
are appealing to birds.

fading zinnia

 Lantana adds a pop of yellow to the back bed
and pollinators just love it!

 More yellow can be found on this thryallis located in the east side bed.

 This Florida-friendly plant just thrives in the scorching temperatures.

 Underneath, the sweet potato vine fills in as a ground cover.

The morning glory vine edges the square-foot bed.

This bed is being turned into an herb garden,
and the vine adds a soft border.

The pumpkin vine decided to jump the trellis and take over the square-foot bed.
This thyme in the middle is not giving up its coveted spot.

The birdbath provides ample shade for our feathered friends.
The ferns are filled with anole lizards and baby frogs.


It was great to discover the monarchs taking up residence
on the native milkweed again.

 There has been a noticeable decline in the number present this summer.
Hopefully, they are only behind schedule, 
and we'll have a few more months to enjoy hosting them.

What's going on outside where you are?

HOP to it!