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Seed Giveaway Wrap-up

Papaver Lauren's Grape; Nancy J. Ondra at Hayefield

The winner: ‘Lauren’s Grape’ poppy (Papaver)!

Thanks to all for the overwhelming response to this year’s seed-sharing spree. The offer is now closed and the seeds are divided up: 1233 packets on their way to 147 seed-crazy gardeners in 6 countries. It was terrific to see so many familiar names among the participants and a joy to meet others for the first time. As of late last night (Monday, November 30), I’ve sent emails to everyone whose seeds have already been mailed. A few SASEs have not yet arrived: Continue reading

From My Garden to Yours – 2015

Seeds set out for drying; Nancy J. Ondra at Hayefield

Here it is, for the fifth time: my yearly seed-sharing spree. This is my biggest list ever, with over 160 offerings that I’ve collected from plants growing at or close to Hayefield. I’m not asking for anything in payment or trade for these, except for postage; it’s just a little thank-you for those of you who take the time to visit and read throughout the year. I’ve included something for pretty much everyone, I think—annuals, perennials, shrubs, vines, trees, herbs, edibles, and lots of natives—and have given very basic descriptions for each offering. I encourage you to use your favorite search engine to find more information and photos for the plants you’re considering.

This offer is open to Hayefield readers, starting today (November 15, 2015). My intention is to keep it open  through November 30, 2015, but if I get overwhelmed with requests, I might need to close the offer early — especially for readers outside of the U.S. — so I encourage you to get your order in as soon as possible. Also: While I’m very happy to have new readers, please keep in mind that if you forward this post to folks who aren’t Hayefield readers, it cuts down on what I can share with those of you who are. Ordering details are at the end of this post. [Edit: I’m very sorry, but as of November 22, I can no longer accept orders from readers outside of the U.S..]

If you’re not interested in seeds, don’t feel left out, because I’ve created a special deal in my Etsy shop just for my readers: 50% off Hayefield notecard sets if you use the code NOV2015 at checkout (U.S. orders only) through November 30th.

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Seed Giveaway Wrap-Up


Another seed-sharing extravaganza is over, and my seed boxes are almost empty. All of the requested seeds are now divided and packed up, and many are on their way to their new homes. I’m still waiting for a few SASEs, so if you haven’t sent yours yet, it would be great if you could take care of that as soon as it’s convenient. At the end of this post, I have a list of all the orders that have already been filled. If you requested seeds and do not see your name on the list, feel free to leave me a message here or email me, and I’ll let you know when I receive your SASE. If your name is on the list but you haven’t gotten your seeds by December 6 or so, or if you requested seeds and have not heard back from me, PLEASE contact me right away.

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Hayefield Highlights

Hayefield Highlights Notecards

I know I’m off my usual posting schedule, but with my yearly seed extravaganza already planned for next week, I just couldn’t wait  until the end of the month to announce the completion of my most recent project: Hayefield notecards. My friend and reader John Drexel of Prism Color Corporation gets the credit for both the idea and the printing; my main challenge was trying to decide which images to include.

I’m thrilled with what we ended up with: Hayefield Highlights, a set of a dozen professionally printed color notecards featuring 12 different images from my archives: some flower and foliage close-ups, some combinations, and some seasonal garden shots. These 5” x 7” cards are printed on heavy, white, FSC-certified paper. (“FSC” stands for the Forest Stewardship Council U.S., an organization that sets standards for sustainable timber harvesting from responsibly managed forests.)

The set of 12 cards includes matching envelopes and is packed in a white box with a clear cover. The price per set is $24 plus shipping . If you’d like to order, please visit the Hayefield shop on Etsy. Thanks!

Regarding Pinterest and other Photo Uses

Side garden in fall with Symphyotrichum oblongifolium, Basil 'Osmin', Pennisetum alopecuroides, Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks', Verbena bonariensis, and Ipomoea 'Heavenly Blue' at

I’m looking forward to putting together a post for Bloom Day on the 15th, but before then, I need to take care of a bit of blog business relating to my photo use policy. First, I’d like to thank all of you who have left such lovely comments about enjoying my pictures of the gardens at Hayefield. It has been my pleasure to share them with you here, as well as in my many posts over at Gardening Gone Wild, and I’m honored that so many of you find them appealing enough to want to collect them on a Pinterest board, add them to your Tumblr blog, use them in a talk you are giving, or reproduce them elsewhere. Please, though, be aware that there are some things you need to consider before you do that.

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See the Movie or Read the Book – or Both!

Hayefield late December 2012

The calendar says it’s just turned winter, but as far as I’m concerned, we’re already well on our way to spring. I used to wait until March to do my outdoor cleanup, trying to get every last bit of enjoyment out of the garden before giving up on the previous year’s display. Unfortunately, the voles also got a great deal of enjoyment out of that approach, and I eventually had to switch to cutting down both the garden and meadow in mid- to late fall so the voles were forced to find other places to spend the winter.

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Horticulture’s Best Gardening Blogs 2011

BestGdnBlog_Badge21Many thanks to Jenny Koester and Horticulture magazine for adding Hayefield to their list of “Best Gardening Blogs 2011.” Here’s a rundown of the other blogs chosen to date, as far as I can tell (my apologies if I missed any):