A few weeks ago, an extended cold snap that ended with a light frost on the last night of summer nearly brought the growing season here to a screeching halt before fall even arrived. Fortunately, an extensive and well-deployed collection of blankets, tarps, sheets, and towels helped me get nearly everything through the chill, and the recent milder weather has truly been a gift. For this Bloom Day, I offer you a sampling of my October favorites for flowers, foliage, and fruits and seedheads here at Hayefield.
With so many sad things going on all over, it seems shallow, in a way, to spend time focusing on pretty flowers. Or maybe there’s no better time to appreciate the small joyful things that are happening daily. With that in mind, will you join me on a virtual stroll to celebrate the beauty and bounty of the garden in September?
Heat and humidity, drought and/or deluge: the mid-July to mid-August stretch is typically the toughest part of the Pennsylvania gardening season, and this year was no exception. Though hints of fall started appearing as soon as August arrived, the best part of the show is a little late in getting going, but there are still some interesting things going on in both the garden and the meadow. Here are some highlights from the last week, starting with some annuals… Read More