Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Maple Hill Hop 85

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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We've been transitioning our garden
for the hotter summer weather.
The season doesn't officially start until Sunday,
but you wouldn't know it by walking outside.
 Here's what's going on in our Central Florida garden.

Our Epic eggplant have been smaller than usual,
but just as tasty.

Leek are planted as a border in the third veggie bed.
They won't be ready until closer to fall,
but they are worth the wait.

The Slenderette green beans have been slow to grow,
but we've gotten a couple of harvests so far.

This is a new crop for us that we got from Mary's Heirloom Seeds.
It's called the Royalty Purple Podded Bean
and we look forward to observing its growth habits,
and of course, the harvest.

 It's so exciting to grow new crops!

We've turned what used to be the veggie garden into a butterfly bed.
Since the flower seeds I sowed were taking a while to germinate,
I decided to transplant one type of summer crop to the area.

 This canary melon seed was gifted to us 
by someone who came to one of our plant giveaways.
Can't wait to sample this!

It's wonderful to be able to grow sweet potatoes.
We use them a lot and they are one of the easiest things to grow.
Knowing that they enjoy the sweltering summers makes it even better. 

It started with this slip we grew from a sweet potato we bought at the grocery store. 
Can't get much easier than adding water into a container.

The Buttercrunch and Simpson's Elite lettuces that Lynn gave me
are holding their own under the shade of the saltbush.

The Calabaza doesn't mind the heat,
but it has been planted under shade to hedge our bets.

Okra thrives in our hot, humid weather.
We'll be pickling it soon!

The broccoli is spent and has been pulled up for the summer. 

 This is a new type of lettuce called "Freckles" that we're trying.
We got it from Sow True Seeds, another favorite seed company.
We've sown a six-pack of it and will continue to create starts
throughout the summer.
What a blessing if we are able to grow lettuce this time of year!

This plumbago is pruned almost weekly in the warmer (and rainier) months.

Zinnias are one of my favorites for cutting and bringing inside.
We do leave many outside for the pollinators.
Butterflies and bees flock to them.
Can you blame them?

Multiple sunflowers on this stalk add lots of cheer. 
Sunflowers just scream summer!

Our rudbekia comes back year after year.

These are absolutely glorious in flower arrangements.

Stormy skies look promising,
but the rain is not predicted to bless us this time.

What's going on where you are?
HOP to it!

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