This year hasn’t been too kind to us on the crop front – the weather has confused everything, and usually for the worse.
However, somehow it’s worked out very well for the hop plant I planted this spring – not only has it grown more vigourously than I ever expected in it’s first year (it’s finally reached the end of the absurdly long string I gave it to climb), but it’s also bristling with hop flowers.
I hadn’t expected to get anything off it in it’s first year, but not only am I going to get some hops – I’m going to get enough hops to make more than one batch of beer, by the look of it.
Oh, and the bees seem to love these flowers too – they’re everywhere. It was hard finding a bee-free flower for the photograph!