Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Maple Hill Hop 25

Maple Hill Hop

Welcome to 
The Maple Hill Hop,
where we share what's happening outside our doors.

Let's take a look around Maple Hill.

As I went to hang clothes out yesterday,
I was greeted by a trio of long-legged visitors.

These calabaza (pumpkin) plants were sown on March 18th.
By April 3rd, this is how they looked.

This was taken less than a week later.
I'm so happy with the way they are growing...

another seed tray was sown.
These will be swapped at the next ROC meeting.
It's a group that meets once a month to discuss various gardening topics,
with an organic perspective.

Eggplant seedlings will also be offered at the swap,
as there are half a dozen already in the ground for us to tend.

The Old Virginia tomatoes have taken off.
This is my first serious attempt at growing my own maters.
So far, so good!

My farming coach, Lynn,
had gifted me with one of his Celebrity varieties.
It was recently transplanted into a container.

There are two types of eggplant being grown.
One is a white variety,
while this one is a speckled purple and white.
I've been missing me some eggplant!

The sugar snaps are growing taller than the trellis I had fashioned for them.
We are still harvesting them, but it seems that this batch is slowing down.
Fortunately, another row has been planted elsewhere and is coming along.

The peanuts I had feared were frostbitten beyond repair are coming back.
This makes a wonderful ground cover and when in bloom,
has delicate, bright  yellow flowers.

Lil' Guy found this cutie inside our patio the other day.
He posed for us so nicely.

Our amaryllis is starting to pop.
Thankfully, all those grasshoppers we had earlier in the year
did not completely destroy the plants.

They just scream Spring.

In every stage, they are fascinating and magical.

This pine sapling was transplanted a few weeks ago.
It wasn't getting enough water from the irrigation system.
It seems pretty happy now.

I'm diggin' the paths that were recently added in the backyard bed.
It breaks up the bed a bit and creates a place to wander.

These can be found on almost every window where we have our solar screens.
I guess it's just the right spot to snuggle in and enjoy a good snooze.

Sunflowers courtesy of the careless cardinals using our birdfeeder.

The amazing passionflower doesn't show any signs of gulf fritillary caterpillars yet,
but we know it's just a matter of time.

That's what's happening where we are here in Central Florida.
What's going on where you are?

Let's HOP!


  1. Oh, your garden is so beautiful! We're still in the 20's at night here, but the grass is greening up and we might even hit 70° this week! Thanks for the lovely pics of what we can look forward to soon :-)

    1. It'll be there soon! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Daisy, I can't say that I've ever been blessed with the presence of long legged creatures like you were but I did have a small fawn step out of the woods once while I was preparing to plant one spring. He/she was a cute little thing and didn't seem the least bit afraid of me and eventually wandered back into the wooded area by my garden. I'm not sure where Mom was but I suspect not too far away. Then there was Nebraska Phil the fat groundhog that lives up in the bank behind my garden. The second he saw me, he turned and scampered back into the woods. Sprinkle in a few wild turkeys and that's life in my garden.

    You are making my mouth water with all those nearly ripe tomatoes. I'm probably three months away from that first bite of warm tomato right off the vine. I don't a person has lived until they taste a garden fresh tomato.

    Have a great day in the garden.

    1. I agree about eating fresh tomatoes. Nothing like it.

  3. Thanks for hosting! I've shared my picture of a Cardinal in a March Cherry Tree... around here there are no blossoms and not even a hint of leaves. But the snow is (hopefully) gone!
    I just love all your bright flower pictures! It makes it seem like spring! :)

    1. Aren't birds just fascinating? You captured that cardinal so well.

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    1. We have a variety of tree frogs that like to hide around our windows. Keeps the mosquito population down!


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