Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Maple Hill Hop 94

Maple Hill Hop

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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,
no matter the season.
(Please share only outdoor posts.)
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In the full throes of a sizzling summer,
we wanted to share some of our colorful blooms.
The birds will be savoring these tidbits as they ripen to a gorgeous deep purple hue.

I'm not sure what these are officially called,
but I call them "Faye's sunflowers" since she provided me with the seed.
They've been sprouting up in a few different spots
and I often cut them to bring inside.
So cheery!

A morning glory that has not yet opened
is a thing of beauty.
It's absolutely magical the way it unwinds itself
and displays a brilliant blue center.

Summer just wouldn't be the same without the classic
black-eyed susans.
The more of these that pop up, the more I want to grow.

The passionflower is seriously overgrown
and overrun with gulf fritillary caterpillars.
The amazing blossoms are a spectacular sight.

I'm sorry to say that the garden has been neglected lately,
as I'm dealing with some health issues
and can't bring myself to get out there to keep things maintained.
The native red salvia has just about taken over the butterfly box.
You might be able to spy the gulf fritillary on the passionflower
in the upper right-hand corner of this shot.
(You can click on any photo to enlarge it.)

The porterweed in the front bed is happier than I've ever seen it.
The bumblebees have been relishing the nectar daily.
It also attracts a variety of butterflies
and other pollinators.

Another butterfly magnet, lantana,
gives us color all summer long,
regardless of the scorching temperatures.

Zinnias are a summer staple 
and never cease to leave me in a state of awe.

Hey, lil' guy.
Looks like you're lovin' the heat!

What's blooming where you are?
HOP on!


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