Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Maple Hill Hop 81

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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It's been a busy few days around here.
Here's what we've been up to lately at Maple Hill.

With all the veggie beds planted,
we're concentrating on turning this former veggie bed
into a flower bed.
The last of the broccoli is holding its own, but will soon succumb to the heat and be pulled.
Two canary melon plants have been started
and I need to fashion a tipi to grow it vertically.
We've also added a few butterfly plants like native milkweed
and nectar plants like the yellow lantana. 
I guess it'll be our hodge-podge garden.
It's got a long way to filling in,
but I'm looking forward to the transformation.

The order from Sow True Seed arrived, much to my delight.
We hosted a giveaway a few weeks ago,
and I was so impressed with this company
that I placed my own order.

We ordered one type of pepper, a couple of varieties of lettuce 
that are supposed to be able to withstand warmer climates,
and an unusual melon 


 that actually looks like a cucumber.

We also ordered several flower seed packets.
They have a fantastic selection of heirloom and organic seeds.

This was the giveaway item that Sue won.
I went ahead and ordered a tin for our garden.

So cute!

How much do I love that Sow True Seed 
includes empty seed jackets so that the seed can be saved?!

I've read about Calendula on many gardening blogs,
and I couldn't wait to try it out.
Two days after planting, it came up.
This seed company has a lifelong customer.

Over at Faye & Lynn's container garden,
the black-eyed peas are going gangbusters!
They are enjoying the hot, humid days
as they savor every bit of shade.
It's a transition time there,
as beets, Swiss chard and broccoli are all showing signs 
of slowing down, bug damage and wilting in the heat.
No worries though.
We are planting okra, lettuce, scallions, and radishes galore!

Fortunately, Faye saw this critter before it saw her!

On Saturday, I took a short trip to Clermont,
about an hour from our house to meet a good friend for lunch.
She took me on a tour of her daughter's homestead, 
newly purchased and right up my alley.
Look at this inviting pathway to the back part of the property.

The three-stall barn is a lovely sight from the backyard.
The soaring pines make a beautiful fence line.

The barn also includes a tack room,
so it's ready to go for the next lil' rider.
I just love the smell of a good barn.

Another area boasts what looks like a chicken coop.
This homestead is perfect for those who enjoy rural living,
and yet, it's not far from all the amenities.

With 9 acres to explore,
this family will be able to create some marvelous memories for years to come.
It makes me feel good to know that others have realized a dream.
It means 
Sometimes, that's all we have.

That's what's happening where we are.
How 'bout you?
Let's HOP!

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