Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Maple Hill Hop 146



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
OUTSIDE
in your neck of the woods,
no matter the season.
(Please share only outdoor posts.)
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Today's my birthday,
so I thought I would gift you with
a few summer beauties we have around the homestead.
Enjoy!

beach sunflower

the bees are enjoying the blooms

gloriosa daisies

banana tree

oregano


The oregano is one of the few crops growing this summer.


Maringa is a tropical plant which has edible leaves, 
seeds and flowers.


A favorite of pollinators, pentas come in many colors,
although we have red in our garden.


The gloriosa lilies are still blooming.



Morning glory is getting ready to fill this empty bed.


The beautyberry is loaded with magenta gems.
We often notice the mockingbirds savoring the berries.



The porterweed out front is a bumblebee magnet!
We are able to observe them from the front window.

hibiscus


zinnias




More monarch caterpillars are munching away on the milkweed.
We're also hosting black swallowtails on our parsley.


We so enjoy the birds visiting daily.
It's relaxing to watch them in the birdbath,
or eating out of one of our feeders.

Nothing I like better than drinking in the nature around me.
It's the best way to spend any day.

That's what's going on here.
What's happening outside where you are?
HOP to it!