Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – October 2014

Calamagrostis x acutiflora Karl Foerster at Hayefield.com

Though we had a very light frost about 2 weeks ago, only the beans and sweet potato vines got nipped, so there’s still plenty to see. As I did last month, I’ve tried to limit myself to showing only what’s new this month. Continue reading

Three Neat Plants

Hibiscus acetosella Mahogany Splendor at Hayefield.com

It’s been a long while since I’ve picked out a few of my favorite plants to focus on, and the list of candidates is getting rather long. So, it’s high time to pick out three that happen to look particularly good right now, starting with… Continue reading

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – September 2014

Side Garden at Hayefield.com

It’s hard to believe that today marks the seventh anniversary of my very first Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day post. GBBD itself, the glorious creation of Carol at May Dreams Gardens, started six months before that (Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day Inaugural Post). Over the years, many other garden memes have come and gone, but as far as I know, GBBD is the longest-running regular event in the garden-blogging world. It’s a great excuse to show off what looks best each month, but even more than that, it’s invaluable as a sort of journal to keep track of the weather conditions, plant performance, favorite combinations, project progress, and garden development from month to month and year to year. I tend to use it as a visual record of everything that looks good in the first two weeks of each month, but at this time of the year, there’s so much going on that for this post, I’ve tried to include only things that I haven’t shown before this year.

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Better to Give

Earlier this summer, I said that I was going to list all of my seeds in my Etsy shop this fall instead of tackling a big giveaway. I managed to get the containers book done almost a week early, though,  and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate before diving into the next one than indulging in some seed-sharing, even if it’s on a somewhat smaller scale. This time, I’ve also come up with something for those of you who don’t “do” seeds. Continue reading

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – August 2014

Front Garden at Dawn ~ August 9, 2014 at Hayefield.com

Front Garden at Dawn ~ August 9, 2014

It’s been so cool here in southeastern Pennsylvania that, in some ways, it feels like this should be a September Bloom Day, rather than August. On the other hand, the lack of heat has slowed down many of the later bloomers, so some of the usual August flowers are barely getting started. There’s plenty to look at despite the weather weirdness, thank goodness, and I’m happy to present some of the highlights from the last few weeks.

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A Garden in a Library

Garden in a Library at Hayefield.com

If you’re a fan of garden-related quotes, you may have already run across this gem from Roman statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero: “Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit,” usually translated as “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” That version is spot-on for many of us who enjoy books and plants with equal passion. The more literal translation of hortum in bibliotheca—a garden in a library—lends itself to some very interesting interpretations, including the one that has captured my interest recently: the concept of a “seed library.” Continue reading

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – July 2014

'Monte Negro' Asiatic lily (Lilium) with golden meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria 'Aurea') [July 1, 2014] at Hayefield.com

‘Monte Negro’ Asiatic lily (Lilium) with golden meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria ‘Aurea’) [July 1, 2014]

There’s been lots going on in the garden over the past few weeks, and I have plenty of flower and foliage pictures to share with you. We’re in the midst of a stormy spell right now, though, so in the interest of getting this post done before the power goes out, it’ll just be a gallery of the highlights with captions under each one. (At least, they should be there; I apologize in advance if any of the formatting is a bit wonky.) I hope you enjoy the quick tour!
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