Resources for Seed Starters

Happy spring, folks! Things are popping out all over in the garden, and I’m delighted to see them, but my main focus right now is still on sowing seeds. Based on the number of orders — and questions — I’ve been getting, it’s an ongoing project for many of you too. So instead of doing Bloom Day this month, I’ve been working on a series of pages related to the seed-sowing process here at Hayefield. Read More

Three Neat Plants

Persicaria orientalis 'Shiro-gane Nishiki' [Nancy J. Ondra/Hayefield.com]

First, my apologies to all of you who got the new post notification several days ago, only to find an incomplete post or a “page not found” error. Fourteen years of blogging, and I finally made the mistake I’ve been dreading, of hitting “Publish” instead of “Save Draft.” How mortifying. I promise to be more careful in the future!

If you happened to catch the draft post before I deleted it, you got a sneak peek at the first in this group of three neat plants: a glorious annual with a humdinger of a common name: ‘Shiro-gane Nishiki’ kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate (Persicaria orientalis, formerly Polygonum orientale). For the sake of convenience, I shall henceforth refer to it here as KMOTGG.

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – October 2020

October Bouquet [Nancy J. Ondra/Hayefield.com]

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.

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