A Hike to Possum Creek & Can You Identify the Vegetables Growing in the Garden?

Welcome to the 654th Metamorphosis Monday!

Since I’m currently visiting with family, I don’t have a Before and After to share from home. So how about a hike to Possum Creek today? My son, dil, and grandsons love going for long walks and hikes and I love it, too. This is the bag I always use when we head out. Last night we walk to a restaurant that’s around 1-1/2 miles from the house and this was the bag I carried. I always stick my cell phone in the outside pocket for easy access.

Great Bag for Hiking, Walking, Carry Water, Phone, Credit Cards


There are two more storage areas: a large open pouch area that’s perfect for a water bottle and a zippered section that will hold ids and credit cards. There’s plenty of room to tuck in other items like bandaids, medicine, etc…  If you use this bag for quick grocery trips, the spot where I normally carry a water bottle would be great for sunglasses. (Bag is available here: Bag for Hiking, Walking.)

Walking, Hiking Bag for Phone, Water, Credit Cards, etc...


On a previous visit during the month of August, we decided to take a hike out to Possum Creek Farm.


The grass and plants on either side were really high in some spots with a lot of flowers blooming.


We eventually arrived at the old farmstead. I wish we could have taken a tour inside but sadly, the home isn’t open for tours.


Here’s a bit of info about the home and Possum Creek Farm. Scroll down for an enlarged view for reading.



A front view of the farmhouse…


I was really intrigued by the garden across the road from the home.


Let’s walk a bit closer…


I noticed there were flowers growing in among the crops. I remember reading a long time ago that it’s good to plant marigold flowers in with vegetables. Apparently, bugs or critters that like to munch on veggies don’t like the scent of marigolds. Not sure what flower this is but it looks a little like marigolds, but a lot taller. Do you recognize it?


I’m guessing the vegetable are being grown organically so perhaps the flowers help ward off pests.


I was trying to figure out what they were growing.


What crop/food is this? I don’t recognize it. Is it a type of squash? When I’ve grown squash, it grew a lot closer to the ground.


In another area, we saw some bunnies in cages.


The sign indicated they are endangered.


During our visit, we saw chickens roaming around freely. Love that! None were aggressive, but we kept our distance.


There are so many great hiking spots in this area. Do you love hiking to new places where you live? If so, where are your favorite hiking spots?


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  1. Selma Kessler says


    I don’t know that the plant you asked about is a vegetable, it looks like a Showy Milkweed (Milkweed plants are the ONLY plants that Monarch butterflies use to lay their eggs). I do know the flowers–Zinnias! Pollinators love them, so it makes sense that they be planted among the vegetables.

    • Ahhh, I’ve only grown zinnias once and they were the little ones that are just a few inches tall. Unfortunately, they immediately got that mold/mildew they are known to get and looked terrible. I like these tall ones! I wonder if they are less prone to mildew?

      • Selma Kessler says

        I know what you mean about the mildew with zinnias, but there are lots of varieties out there now that are mildew resistant. They’re so cheerful, and they add color between the summer and fall blooming perennials. My neighbor and I both plant zinnias and milkweed plants and we have lots of butterflies! It’s very rewarding.

  2. Biodynamic Barb says

    I believe the flowers in between the crops are called insectary strips. They attract beneficial insects and repel damaging ones. The flowers you plant are driven by the crops you’re planting.

    Here’s a link to an article on them: https://rodaleinstitute.org/science/articles/tips-and-steps-to-planting-insectary-strips-for-organic-pest-management/

  3. Hi Susan, how fun to visit this farm, love seeing the gardens, chickens and rabbits. Thanks for sharing it with us. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  4. Enjoyed that family hike–thanks for taking us along. A milkweed plant or two might be a fun idea for the boys’ yard next year. And your too!

  5. Anne C Lovell says

    The plant looks like milkweed with their pods.. and zinnias were those small flowers, I believe.

  6. Thanks so much for hosting this charming party each and every week!! I so appreciate all the time and effort that does into it!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

  7. That looks like a great little hike. I love the farmhouse and would love for that to be my office. So many interesting things you ran across. Thanks for sharing and for hosting. XO- MaryJo

  8. What a fun hike! The bag you carry looks really handy for taking on walks. I live on the Gulf Coast, & I walk a 4 mile bridge (round-trip). I’ve been looking for something that would hold my water, phone, & keys, and this looks perfect. Thanks for sharing it & for hosting this party each week!

  9. This looks like such a fun place to relax and unwind! Family walks are the best. Thanks so much for hosting each week, CoCo

  10. Cyndi Raines says

    I agree with the comments above on the milkweed and the zinnias. Such bright, colorful flowers. Wanted to plant some this year and they were all sold out. Next year may try to grow some from seed. Glad you are having happy days with your family. That bag / purse looks great for hiking/ walking. Thanks Susan.

  11. Martha Karen Lovell says

    Hi! I’ve enjoyed reading today’s article. The farmhouse looks very much like my first home in Lynchburg, Virginia – wish it had as many fireplaces though! I’ve been looking for a bag to carry on walks and hiking and the one you showed was Perfect! The plant you photographed and asked what it was is Common Milkweed. I bought a little plant a few years ago and was surprised how tall it grows! Probably the flowers amongst the plants are to attract pollinators to the vegetables. I garden that way here in Alabama!

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