Hey there, folks. I have some newsy stuff to cover this time, so I hope you’ll bear with me….
First off: seeds. This year’s seed giveaway has been over for a few weeks now, and all of the requested seeds are on their way to their new homes: 815 packets to 120 gardeners in 7 countries. Thanks to all who participated, with special gratitude to those who sent surprise seeds in return or who contributed a bit extra to help cover postage for other participants (it really helped). If you requested seeds and have not received them by the end of December, feel free to contact me.
One of my favorite parts of the whole request-filling process is seeing which seeds are most popular. This year’s winner was the well-named ‘Drama Queen’ poppy (Papaver). Close behind were several black-themed or golden-leaved plants, including black-leaved cotton (Gossypium herbaceum ‘Nigrum’), ‘Black Barlow’ columbine (Aquilegia), ‘Black Knight’ pincushion flower (Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Black Knight’), ‘Golden Jubilee’ anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum), and ‘Golden Fleece’ cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris).
As time allows, I’ve been cleaning more of my stash and listing the seeds in my Etsy shop, in case any of you feel the need for more seeds this winter.
Technically, January 22, 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of my first official post at Hayefield the Blog. Two hundred and sixty seven photo-filled posts later, I’m just about out of the free storage space provided by WordPress, and I’m faced with a dilemma. As much as I enjoy blogging and never expected it to be a source of income, having to pay for more space isn’t a welcome prospect. I figure I have enough room for about four more “free” posts, and I’m thinking of spreading them out over the coming year. That means I won’t be posting on a predictable schedule, so don’t think I’m gone if you don’t see me on the 15th of each month.
Happily, I have joined the new millennium and now have an Instagram account (@nancyjondra), so I can post as many photos and videos as I like there, and I look forward to taking advantage of that opportunity. You don’t have to be a member to see what I’m up to over there: You can view my posts at Nan on Instagram.
You’ll also see my work in a couple of magazines soon. I’ll have a text-and-photos article on seed germination in the January/February 2018 of The American Gardener, and one on ornamental edibles, as well as a “Captivating Combination,” in the April 2018 issue of Fine Gardening. And, er, I didn’t mention this earlier, but I’ve been encouraged to let you all know that I was a guest on The Organic Gardener Podcast with Jackie Marie Beyer back in October. I can’t bear the idea of listening to it myself–I already know that talking isn’t really my thing–but if you want to check it out, you can find it here: 197. The Perennial Matchmaker | Nancy Ondra Garden Blogger | Southeast PA. Or, maybe you’d want to check out some of Jackie’s most popular episodes instead. Yeah, do that.
I think that’s all the news for now from Hayefield. I’ll probably be back with another post sometime in March. Until then, Duncan and I send our best wishes to you all for whatever winter weather you like the most.