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Seed Giveaway Wrap-Up


Another seed-sharing extravaganza is over, and my seed boxes are almost empty. All of the requested seeds are now divided and packed up, and many are on their way to their new homes. I’m still waiting for a few SASEs, so if you haven’t sent yours yet, it would be great if you could take care of that as soon as it’s convenient. At the end of this post, I have a list of all the orders that have already been filled. If you requested seeds and do not see your name on the list, feel free to leave me a message here or email me, and I’ll let you know when I receive your SASE. If your name is on the list but you haven’t gotten your seeds by December 6 or so, or if you requested seeds and have not heard back from me, PLEASE contact me right away.

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Hayefield Highlights

Hayefield Highlights Notecards

I know I’m off my usual posting schedule, but with my yearly seed extravaganza already planned for next week, I just couldn’t wait  until the end of the month to announce the completion of my most recent project: Hayefield notecards. My friend and reader John Drexel of Prism Color Corporation gets the credit for both the idea and the printing; my main challenge was trying to decide which images to include.

I’m thrilled with what we ended up with: Hayefield Highlights, a set of a dozen professionally printed color notecards featuring 12 different images from my archives: some flower and foliage close-ups, some combinations, and some seasonal garden shots. These 5” x 7” cards are printed on heavy, white, FSC-certified paper. (“FSC” stands for the Forest Stewardship Council U.S., an organization that sets standards for sustainable timber harvesting from responsibly managed forests.)

The set of 12 cards includes matching envelopes and is packed in a white box with a clear cover. The price per set is $24 plus shipping . If you’d like to order, please visit the Hayefield shop on Etsy. Thanks!

Regarding Pinterest and other Photo Uses

Side garden in fall with Symphyotrichum oblongifolium, Basil 'Osmin', Pennisetum alopecuroides, Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks', Verbena bonariensis, and Ipomoea 'Heavenly Blue' at

I’m looking forward to putting together a post for Bloom Day on the 15th, but before then, I need to take care of a bit of blog business relating to my photo use policy. First, I’d like to thank all of you who have left such lovely comments about enjoying my pictures of the gardens at Hayefield. It has been my pleasure to share them with you here, as well as in my many posts over at Gardening Gone Wild, and I’m honored that so many of you find them appealing enough to want to collect them on a Pinterest board, add them to your Tumblr blog, use them in a talk you are giving, or reproduce them elsewhere. Please, though, be aware that there are some things you need to consider before you do that.

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See the Movie or Read the Book – or Both!

Hayefield late December 2012

The calendar says it’s just turned winter, but as far as I’m concerned, we’re already well on our way to spring. I used to wait until March to do my outdoor cleanup, trying to get every last bit of enjoyment out of the garden before giving up on the previous year’s display. Unfortunately, the voles also got a great deal of enjoyment out of that approach, and I eventually had to switch to cutting down both the garden and meadow in mid- to late fall so the voles were forced to find other places to spend the winter.

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Horticulture’s Best Gardening Blogs 2011

BestGdnBlog_Badge21Many thanks to Jenny Koester and Horticulture magazine for adding Hayefield to their list of “Best Gardening Blogs 2011.” Here’s a rundown of the other blogs chosen to date, as far as I can tell (my apologies if I missed any):

Turning Your Garden Blog into an E-book

Offbeat Edibles coverClearly, I don’t have enough to do, if I have time to be playing around with e-publishing options. But it’s cold and snowing out (April Fool’s Day, indeed), and though I do have real work to do, investigating the world of e-books is way more absorbing at the moment. I’ve been surprised at how easy it is to create one, and I thought the rest of you might be interested in reading about some of the options I’ve found and experimented with.

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Welcome to Hayefield

Hayefield July 4 2007

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

When I started blogging with the others at Gardening Gone Wild late last summer, I knew there was no shortage of topics to write about at that time, because there was so much going on in the garden. As fall approached, though, I heard of a few garden blogs taking a hiatus for the “off season,” and I wondered if most garden bloggers disappeared during the winter. Well, far from it, apparently: seems to me that the garden-blogging community keeps on going (and growing) no matter what the weather.

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