Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – June 2020

Giant starflower (Ornithogalum magnum)

June in the garden–does it get any better than this? It has recently been blissfully cool here, and the foliage and flowers are lush and lovely. Even narrowing the field just to the last 10 days or so, it was really tough to pick the highlights for this month’s Bloom Day. I’m keeping the text to a minimum to make scrolling through easier. Enjoy the tour! Read More

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – May 2020

Epimedium × versicolor 'Sulphureum' [©Nancy J. Ondra/Hayefield.com]
Bicolor barrenwort (Epimedium × versicolor ‘Sulphureum’)
First, it seemed like we would have our last spring frost in March this year–it was so delightfully mild. Then early April brought a quick dip into a frosty night or two before moderating again: okay, still unusually early for a last frost, but not impossible. Then late April: yeah, that’s been the new normal for the last few years. Once again, however, we’ve been humbled by the harsh reality that the old normal of Mother’s Day really is the most reasonable benchmark for the last frost in our part of southeastern Pennsylvania. My apologies to all of the seedlings I started way too early this year. And my congratulations to all of the hardy plants that sailed through the frosty nights, even while in full bloom; once again, you impress me with your resilience. Read More

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – April 2020

Leucojum 'Gravetye Giant' [©Nancy J. Ondra/Hayefield.com]
Leucojum ‘Gravetye Giant’
After many years of focusing on big, sun-loving, late-season plants, I have gradually been working on adding spring interest to the gardens here at Hayefield, and my efforts are starting to pay off. There are still many more opportunities to explore, but it’s a good start! It sure helps that we had a lovely spell of gradually milder temperatures and gentle rains this year. That blissful period ended in the last week, with wicked winds, small hail, pounding rain, and a return to flirting with freezing temperatures. But hey, it wouldn’t be real-life gardening if it were too easy, right? Despite the difficulties, I still have some highlights to share for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day today. Since I started with one of my favorite bulbs, ‘Gravetye Giant’ summer snowflake (Leucojum aestivum), let’s continue with some other bulbs. Read More