Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – December 2013

Ilex verticillata 'Winter Gold' at Hayefield.com

I’ve missed just one month of the Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day ritual and I’m already going into withdrawal. Unfortunately, we’re now thoroughly frozen and snow-covered here in southeastern Pennsylvania—likely to stay that way for a while too—and I don’t even have any houseplants to coax a flower or two from. But in the spirit of using Bloom Day as a sort of garden journaling, I wanted to see what I could come up with that was worth noting from the past few weeks.

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Shear Genius

Professional gardener Tim Ondra at Hayefield.com

I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned my brother here before, and shame on me for that. If it weren’t for him, I probably would have ended up with a rather different career path, in field crop or soil science instead of getting to enjoy gardening as both work and play. While his main life passion is playing ice hockey and training goaltenders at his school (Tim Ondra Goalie Training Center), he has also worked as a professional gardener since he was a teenager, and he got me my first estate-gardening job over 25 years ago, when I needed work experience for my agronomy degree. In the decades he’s been gardening, I’ve never known him to get excited about a new tool, so when he stopped by last month with a new pair of shears he said I had to try, I wasn’t quite sure what to think.

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Seed Giveaway Wrap-Up

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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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From My Garden to Yours – 2013

Seeds at Hayefield.com

Deadline for requests: 11:59 pm EST on November 25, 2013

Edit 11/24/13: Due to an overwhelming number of requests, the following seeds are no longer available: Asclepias speciosa, Euphorbia marginata, Lindera benzoin, Nicotiana (collected from “Pink Mutabilis”), Nigella damascena ‘Cramers’ Plum’, Papaver ‘Lauren’s Grape’, Pavonia missionum, Phlomis tuberosa, Ptelea trifoliata ‘Aurea’, Sanguisorba tenuifolia ‘Purpurea’,  Stachys officinalis ‘Alba’, and Trachelium caeruleum ‘Black Knight’

Well, my friends, I’m delighted to once again have the opportunity to thank you for being loyal readers by sharing some of the bounty of my garden with you. I’ve been gathering, cleaning, and packing up seeds for months now, and I have over a hundred cool things for you to choose from this year. There are ornamentals and edibles; annuals, perennials, woody plants, vines, grasses, and vegetables; garden plants and meadow denizens; and exotics and U.S. natives – so, something for everyone, I think!

I have more to say about how this all works, but if I were in your place, I’d want to see the list first and read all the blah, blah, blah later. So for now, have fun going through the offerings and making your wish list. (By the way, you can click on each image to see the full-sized version of the picture.) As you will see, each offering includes a brief description. This is just the basics, though, so I encourage you to use your favorite search engine to get more in-depth information about the plants you’re interested in and how best to grow them in your particular area and growing conditions.

At this point, I can’t promise how many packets I’ll be able to send each of you, so I encourage you to ask for several things (up to around 10); that way, I’ll have options if I run out of some of your top choices. As you make your list, you may want to put a star next to the ones you want most, because I’ll ask you to list your requests in order of preference (those you want the most first). I think that’s all you need to know for the moment; now, enjoy!

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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!

The Fall Color Project 2013

Fall leaves from Hayefield 2013

It’s that time again: time for The Fall Color Project, hosted by Dave at Growing The Home Garden. I’ve been participating for six years now, and it’s been interesting to look back and see what’s different and what’s pretty much the same from year to year.  The biggest difference, I think, is that I no longer have to set foot outside of Hayefield to find fall color from some nice deciduous trees and shrubs.

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – October 2013

Side garden at Hayefield.com

With so much still going on in the garden, it’s a bit sad to think that this will be my last Bloom Day post until next spring. But, well, November 15th will be my seed post, and I’ll be busy filling those requests in December, so I’ll just have to make the most of this final celebration for the flowers. I’ll save the seasonal foliage shots for my contribution to The Fall Color Project 2013 at the end of this October.

For now, let’s start with some new bloomers over the past month.

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