Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Maple Hill Hop 99




Maple Hill Hop


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The Maple Hill Hop.
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Autumn is in the air, people!
Although we still have heat and humidity akin to summer,
there is a slight coolness to mornings and early evenings.
We'll take it.
Fall officially starts on Wednesday, 
but we thought we'd welcome it here on The Maple Hill Hop today.
From The Farmer's Almanac:

What is the Autumnal Equinox?

"Fall begins on September 23, early in the morning at 4:21 A.M. The autumnal equinox is when the Sun appears to cross the celestial equator from north to south. (The celestial equator is the circle in the celestial sphere halfway between the celestial poles. It can be thought of as the plane of Earth's equator projected out onto the sphere.)
Another definition of fall is nights of below-freezing temperatures combined with days of temperatures below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. 

The word equinox means "equal night"; night and day are about the same length of time. This occurs two times each year: Vernal in late March and Autumnal in late September.
In addition to the (approximately) equal hours of daylight and darkness, the equinoxes are times when the Sun's apparent motion undergoes the most rapid change. Around the time of the equinoxes, variations in the position on the horizon where the Sun rises and sets can be noticed from one day to the next by alert observers.
From here on out, the temperatures begin to drop and the days start to get shorter than the nights."

Our fall color is a little different here in Central Florida.
As summer bows out,
we enjoy a splash of vivid hues throughout the garden.



Thryallis and sweet potatoes line the east side of the house.


 Rattlebox dots the back bed 
and gifts us with orchid-like blooms.

rattlebox

The rosemary out by the mailbox won't be fazed by the changing seasons.


The plumbego and native salvia intertwine near the rain barrels.
 

The self-seeding vinca sprawl near a toad house.


The sweet potato vine in the back bed
is stretching out to fill this bed. 


The pigeon peas are blooming profusely,
and we look forward to eating these fresh picked.


The monarchs are back and enjoying the native milkweed.
We look forward to sharing the fall garden with these amazing critters.


We are blessed with a multitude of blossoms
that grace us each morning.

What's growing (on) where you are?
HOP on it!