Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Maple Hill Hop 143

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.)
*Grab the button above to link back to Maple Hill 101.*

One of our tasks at Farm School this weekend,
was to divide this elkhorn fern that Faye & Lynn have growing in their
"rain forest" area close to the house.
We hope to do a feature on this area soon.

Having the best tool for the job is vital.
It makes the job go smoother,
and causes less stress to the plants as well.
A nice, sharp knife is the chosen instrument.

This particular specimen hangs in a large camphor tree,
housed in a wire basket.
Like staghorn ferns, this plant needs no soil to sustain itself.
This cutting is a gift to a friend.
With plenty of root structure to support it,
the future looks bright for this distinctive plant.

A closer look at the leaves shows the derivation of the name.
This cutting is sure to be enjoyed for years to come.

Have you ever heard of a didgeridoo? (di-jur-ee-do)
It's an ancient wind instrument developed by the Aboriginal Australian people.
Also known as a drone pipe,
it creates a deep, low tone when blown into.

One of the most interesting things I learned about this instrument
is that the tube is hollowed out by termites, who feast on the eucalyptus branches.
Each pipe has unique carvings, and creates its own sound.
Faye & Lynn have many unusual possessions like this.

Faye  & Lynn gifted us with something a couple of weeks ago.
We recycled this water jug to give them a temporary home.

So far, these tadpoles are still just hanging out.
We are researching their life cycle
and looking forward to seeing them morph into summer hoppers!

That's some of what's going on where we are.
What's happening outside in your neck of the woods?
HOP on!


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