Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Maple Hill Hop 135

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,
no matter the season.
(Please share only outdoor posts.)
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This is a bit of a random post, be forewarned.
Without much going on in our garden at the moment,
and no field trips as of late,
today we're sharing a bit of this and that.  

Last week, Sister visited for a few days.
We went to see Faye & Lynn while she was in town.
Here, Lynn is explaining to her how this tree was felled by Hurricane Charley,
but stubbornly refused to die.
He made the decision to leave it alone
and it is still growing,
 albeit a little on the unconventional side.

Who doesn't love a tree fort?
This platform was spotted on a yard sale run
and it made me think of the fort my brother and his friends made
when we were young.
Of course, no girls were allowed.

Looks like the perfect spot to take a gander
at the action in the neighborhood.
Or maybe just a place to convene with the birds.
Maybe some day I'll have one of my very own.

 This little guy greeted us on the patio one fine morning.
It must have squeezed into one of the holes in the screen.
Needless to say, he was promptly ushered out.

 Our constant visitors and morning risers
(who needs an alarm clock?),
these frogs nestle inside the frames on our solar screens.
We welcome them, as they devour many undesirable bugs,
including mosquitoes.

This porterweed, given to us as a seedling by friends in the neighborhood,
 is blooming nonstop. 
It attracts a ton of pollinators and we love the pop of color right outside our front window.
Look for our June series on natives in the Florida garden, 
starting this Friday.

There is no shortage of wonder on our homestead.  
Although we currently live in suburbia, 
we are surrounded by amazing creatures,
beautiful blossoms, and plenty of lessons to learn.

What's happening where you are?
HOP on!



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