Hops – My Sunday Photo

At this time of year, I used to collect a handful of hops from the hedgerows, on my homeward journey from the school run. Inevitably crushing them in my hand as I crammed as many as I could into my grasp. The fragrance is gorgeous, although not one I connect with first thing in the morning. Passing cars might have thought I was picking blackberries. The hops, in the hedgerow, usually went unnoticed. No-one else ever seemed to collect them.

I took a cutting or two and they rooted. I planted them by my covered bench, protected from the strimmer by an old pottery drainage pipe. They grew. Covering half the bench roof. I thought I had no hops this year, until I checked under the leaves today. Was I wrong. They are bigger than the ones I found in the hedgerow.

I’m growing them to fill sleep pillows, rather than for beer. Just need to find out when best to harvest. Anyone know?

15 thoughts on “Hops – My Sunday Photo

  • Sunday 8 September, 2019 at 8:59 pm
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    I grew hops once; someone gave me seeds. A beautiful plant, but I didn’t harvest them.

    • Friday 13 September, 2019 at 8:35 pm
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      It is a lovely plant.

  • Monday 9 September, 2019 at 11:05 am
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    They look ace X #mmbc

  • Monday 9 September, 2019 at 11:06 am
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    They look ace, i remember my granddad growing these in his back garden #mmbc

    • Friday 13 September, 2019 at 8:34 pm
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      I wonder what he used them for.

  • Monday 9 September, 2019 at 11:20 am
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    My dad has hops in his garden. I didn’t know you could use them for anything other than beer x #MMBC

    • Friday 13 September, 2019 at 8:33 pm
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      They make great pillows.

  • Monday 9 September, 2019 at 12:31 pm
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    They look amazing, but I can’t help with your harvesting question. Having made ‘home brew’ in the past, I always liked the smell of the hops.

    • Friday 13 September, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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      It is a gorgeous, earthy scent.

  • Monday 9 September, 2019 at 1:21 pm
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    I have never smelled them but I’m sure they are wonderful based on your description. The plant looks beautiful!! I love this time of year when the senses are heightened!

    • Friday 13 September, 2019 at 8:30 pm
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      That is so true. It is a lovely time of year.

  • Monday 9 September, 2019 at 1:24 pm
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    I’ve never seen hops growing so I have no clue about harvesting. You do have a green thumb! #MMBC

    • Friday 13 September, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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      I have a feeling that hops are fairly easy to grow.

    • Friday 13 September, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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      As they dry, they become more paper like.

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