Posts Tagged ‘Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day’

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – April 2014

March sunrise at Hayefield.com

What a difference a few weeks make. Not long ago, we were experiencing the still and quiet of winter, along with the glorious sunrises that seem to happen mostly in the colder months. The first stirrings of spring, in the third week of March this year, came as distinctive sounds: the pre-dawn and pre-dark buzzing and twitterings of the woodcocks in the meadows and hedgerows, and the chirping of the spring peepers and other frogs in the vernal pools and wetlands that are common in our neighborhood.

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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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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – September 2013

Front garden middle path at Hayefield.com

Thank goodness for Bloom Day, because otherwise, I doubt I’d have taken the time to really look at the garden this month. I’ve been so focused on collecting seeds that I barely notice the flowers. But I’m glad I had this chance, because I suspect that we’re going to be in for a very early frost this year, so these beauties may not be around for much longer. First, some close-ups.

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – August 2013

Lilium 'Black Beauty' in courtyard at Hayefield.com

I hardly know where to begin this month. Things are looking so good right now that I’m practically giddy with it all every time I step outside.  The responsible part of me says that I should be weeding or harvesting veggies or taking the boys for a walk (or doing actual work), while the rest of me wants to just grab my camera and wander around to capture every part of the late-summer spectacle.

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – July 2013

Ipomoea batatas 'Sweet Georgia Heart Red' with Allium christophii, Zinnia 'Zahara Scarlet', Zinnia tenuifolia 'Red Spider', Verbena 'Imagination', and Sedum rupestre 'Angelina' at Hayefield.com

Every time the 15th of the month comes around, I’m immensely grateful to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for coming up with the idea of Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Besides providing a great opportunity to share what looks best in the garden, it’s been the only form of garden journaling that I’ve ever kept up with for more than a few weeks. There’s only one problem: sometimes there’s so much going on outside that once a month isn’t enough to keep up with all the good stuff. So, rather than make one super-sized post, I’ve decided to concentrate on just the flowers and foliage this time and save the combination and garden photos for the end of the month.

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