From My Garden to Yours – 2015

Seeds set out for drying; Nancy J. Ondra at Hayefield

Here it is, for the fifth time: my yearly seed-sharing spree. This is my biggest list ever, with over 160 offerings that I’ve collected from plants growing at or close to Hayefield. I’m not asking for anything in payment or trade for these, except for postage; it’s just a little thank-you for those of you who take the time to visit and read throughout the year. I’ve included something for pretty much everyone, I think—annuals, perennials, shrubs, vines, trees, herbs, edibles, and lots of natives—and have given very basic descriptions for each offering. I encourage you to use your favorite search engine to find more information and photos for the plants you’re considering.

This offer is open to Hayefield readers, starting today (November 15, 2015). My intention is to keep it open  through November 30, 2015, but if I get overwhelmed with requests, I might need to close the offer early — especially for readers outside of the U.S. — so I encourage you to get your order in as soon as possible. Also: While I’m very happy to have new readers, please keep in mind that if you forward this post to folks who aren’t Hayefield readers, it cuts down on what I can share with those of you who are. Ordering details are at the end of this post. [Edit: I’m very sorry, but as of November 22, I can no longer accept orders from readers outside of the U.S..]

If you’re not interested in seeds, don’t feel left out, because I’ve created a special deal in my Etsy shop just for my readers: 50% off Hayefield notecard sets if you use the code NOV2015 at checkout (U.S. orders only) through November 30th.

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – October 2015

Front Garden in October; Nancy J. Ondra at Hayefield

Ah, glorious, glorious fall. It’s easy to forget about all of the growing season’s dramas and disappointments–the multiple extended dry spells, the weeds, the ticks, and the yellow jackets–and spend hours wandering around with a camera in one hand and seed-collecting bags in the other. The colors are simply amazing.

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – September 2015

Helianthus Lemon Queen and Calamagrostis brachytricha in Side Garden; Nancy J. Ondra at Hayefield

Though hot and dry were the main themes of the last month here, we’ve finally gotten some rain, and the cooler temperatures are more in keeping with the fall season. The animals are certainly happier, and the much-needed moisture came just in time to save many of the plants that were about ready to shut down for the season, and to refresh those that have been soldiering in despite the less-than-ideal conditions, such as the golden lace (Patrinia scabiosifolia).

Patrinia scabiosifolia; Nancy J. Ondra at Hayefield

Golden lace (Patrinia scabiosifolia)

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – August 2015

Side Garden at Hayefield (mid-August 2015); Nancy J. Ondra

It’s somewhat unfair that the garden here starts to look really good just as the very first signs of season’s end appear: touches of fall color here and there, the constellation Orion peeking over the eastern horizon just before dawn, and–for goodness’ sake–snowblower sales. I prefer to ignore all that and just enjoy the abundance of late summer.

I’d actually prepared the pictures for this post 2 weeks ago, because I thought I might not have time to do it now. But things are changing so quickly that I ended up replacing many of those images with pictures from the last few days. I’ll re-file the others and save them for a colorful winter post. Continue reading

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – July 2015

Hemerocallis 'Nona's Garnet Spider' with 'Lauren's Grape' poppy (Papaver), 'Irish Poet' tassel flower (Emilia javanica), 'Oakhurst' pineapple lily (Eucomis comosa), Tanacetum vulgare 'Isla Gold', and Corylus avellana 'Red Majestic'; Nancy J. Ondra at Hayefield

After our horribly dry spring here in southeastern Pennsylvania, we’ve been blessed with lovely weather for most of the last month: a few hot and muggy days, but some gloriously cool and dry ones too. The Japanese beetles are back with a vengeance, unfortunately, after being almost completely absent for a number of years, but otherwise, the plants are thriving, and the garden seems to have caught up to where it should be, timing-wise. Continue reading

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – June 2015

Pansy mountain at Ott's Exotic Plants, Schwenksville, PA

Now that we’ve finally gotten some rain again here in southeastern Pennsylvania, I decided to plant out a few pansies.

Yeah, no–just kidding, obviously. But this is part of the spring tradition around here: making the rounds of area nurseries, including Ott’s Exotic Plants in Schwenksville, PA, home of the magical mountain o’pansies. Here at home, things aren’t spectacular on the grand scale, but there are many wonderful small things happening. Continue reading

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – May 2015

Grass Paths in Progress at

After a delayed but rousing start, the promise of a glorious spring at Hayefield has pretty much fizzled out, due to the unusually dry conditions. Though other places near here have been blessed with some of the wet stuff, our little corner of the county has received exactly 0.0 inches of rain in the last 3 weeks. On the whole, I prefer a spring that’s on the dry side; if there’s regular, abundant rain through April and May, the plants produce soft stems and lush leaves, then struggle once the usual summer dry spells start. But really, no rain is tough to deal with. Instead of planting and weeding, I’ve been spending most of my gardening time hand-watering the new grass paths. It’s keeping the seedlings alive, but even after a month, there’s still just a light green haze–except for some lush green patches where the Canada thistles are thriving (sigh). Continue reading


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