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Hops in the Landscape

another cold hardy vine

      Here is an example of a plant working winter hours to make for an ornamental display in the landscape. Although hop growers typically cut their vines down come fall, these untouched twinings in our dooryard make for an interesting sight. The off-season often leaves the outdoor world bleak. We would do well to plan for a little something pleasant to look upon in all those cold months. Snow dustings on fences, sculptures, and old stone walls.., and here old viney remnants can really do wonders to warm the soul on a wintery walk.

frozen hops strobile
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Hopping on the Hops Bandwagon

The explosion of the interest in home brewing has kept pace with the explosion of the modern day microbreweries. In a world of consolidation and boring sameness the emergence in the last 2 decades of a plethora of beer choices has flown in the face of the ordinary. Furthermore who would have thought that the next new thing in Americas favorite inebriant would be not the empty sweets of the American powerhouses, but the bitter attitude of the lowly hops. Can you say double IPA?

Riding on this wave has been a resurgence of hops growing, both commercially, and in backyards everywhere. More to come…..