Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Maple Hill Hop 50

Maple Hill Hop

Welcome to 
The Maple Hill Hop
This is a hop for folks who love the outdoors.
Feel free to post about anything that's going on
in your neck of the woods.
(Please share only outdoor posts.)

We've had an unseasonably rainy September.
This passionflower vine is pruned almost weekly
because of the abundance of precipitation.

You won't hear me complaining one bit.
It's so calming to hear the raindrops on the roof,
splattering the garden with exactly what it needs to thrive.

Even the birdseed is sprouting!

Occasionally we'll get some gusts that wreak havoc on the more statuesque specimens,
like this rattlebox that succumbed to the wind.
It'll be fine once it gets staked.
It attracts the rattlebox moth, so we keep a few of these growing.

The native salvia has been savoring every drop that comes its way.

The daisies are no worse for wear.

 The zinnias are still popping up and giving us a bit of color.

The veggie garden is moving right along.
The screen that we used to protect the lettuce plants
has worked out quite well.

 They are getting almost big enough to start enjoying.
This is the Simpson Elite variety that I got from my farmer friends, Faye & Lynn.

The sugar snap peas had to be resown, but are finally popping up along this trellis.
The green beans in the middle of this bed have been doing well since the get-go.
The two eggplants on the right are starting to flower a bit more.

 I also had to resow the beets, but a few were found breaking through.

The Calabaza germinated well 
and we will try to grow them on our homemade tepee.

Lettuce is slow, but steady
and we can't wait to have a full supply to pick from each day.
We're growing four varieties this fall.

 Faye & Lynn gave me a Cuban oregano plant.
It's doing quite well in the little pot,
so it will soon get more room to spread out.

It's wonderful when Mother Nature helps get the work done in the garden.
I'm relishing the daily check on our food crops.
What a blessing to be able to have space to create an oasis.

I hope you're getting just the amount of rain you need!
What's going on where you are?
HOP to it!
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  1. We've had more rain than usual here, too. It's so wonderful! What is that plant in the second photo? It's beautiful.

  2. I am absolutely love our afternoon thunderstorms. No need to water the garden each morning . . . it's nice when mother nature does the work for you.


  3. Daisy, lots of rain here too. September has brought double our normal rain fall. It's been a year of many months of above average moisture. It looks like we are heading into a Winter of above normal snow fall. Now that I'm retired, I don't mind if it snows. If I can't get out, I just stay home and watch all the neighbors trying to get to work while I kick back and sip on my second cup of coffee. Nice. Gardening is definitely done here and clean up has begun. The leaves are dropping from the trees quickly this year. I'm guessing they know what's coming.

    Have a great fall garden day.

    1. All those leaves are good for the garden! Enjoy the cooler weather.

  4. My goodness you have had a lot rain! Send some here please. :) (California is still SO dry).

  5. We've had more rain than usual, although, we haven't had some in a while and the rain barrels are about dry. Beautiful photos - I just adore seeing the different things you grow!

    1. It's always fun to see what's growing in different parts of the world.


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