Summer Wildflowers in PA

Asclepias syriaca
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

A number of other garden bloggers have been thinking ahead to warmer weather and posting pictures of their favorite summer wildflowers. What a great excuse to look through our photo archives and indulge in some color. So, here’s my contribution to the cause: a gallery of native forbs and grasses, all taken in sunny, mostly wet meadows here in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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Couve What?

Couve Tronchuda and 'Purple Tulsi' basil

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

You know how there are some plants you just can’t grow, no matter how often you try? For the longest time, I drooled over pictures of sea kale (Crambe maritima), and I desperately wanted to grow it. I bought plants, I grew them from seed, but I couldn’t get them to last more than a year. Eventually, though, I found what I consider a great substitute: couve tronchuda.

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Welcome to Hayefield

Hayefield July 4 2007

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

When I started blogging with the others at Gardening Gone Wild late last summer, I knew there was no shortage of topics to write about at that time, because there was so much going on in the garden. As fall approached, though, I heard of a few garden blogs taking a hiatus for the “off season,” and I wondered if most garden bloggers disappeared during the winter. Well, far from it, apparently: seems to me that the garden-blogging community keeps on going (and growing) no matter what the weather.

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