Archive for the ‘In the Garden’ Category

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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The Fall Color Project 2012 – Hayefield Style

Fall color at Hayefield

It’s that time of year again: time for the Fall Color Project, hosted by Dave at Growing the Home Garden. This is my fifth year participating in this event. Compared to some other years, this season’s fall colors in my part of southeastern Pennsylvania haven’t been the most spectacular. In fact, until about a week ago, I was wondering how I could possibly scrape up enough decent photos for a whole post.

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Late Summer Combinations

Front garden at Hayefield late August 2012

It feels like cheating to do another picture-heavy post this month, but there was just too much going on to pack it all into the last Bloom Day extravaganza. So, here are the missing combination and garden shots for August, starting in the front garden.

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It’s Personal – Part 2

Side garden at Hayefield June 2012

A few weeks ago, in It’s Personal – Part 1, I started talking about some of the ways I’ve tackled the development of the gardens here at Hayefield, in response to some readers’ questions. I ended that part by mentioning that I have a group of plants that I rely on for filling new gardens. Here are some of my favorites, along with a few more thoughts about planting and maintenance and some more pictures of how the gardens have evolved over the last decade.

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It’s Personal – Part 1

Hayefield Day 1 (May 21, 2001)

Hayefield Day 1 (May 21, 2001)

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day posts offer a great opportunity to show off pretty pictures of the garden, but recently, I’ve had a couple of requests to show the less-than-pretty parts that I’ve only mentioned in passing. So, to combine that with some journaling of the garden’s changes over the years, I figure it’s time for one of those “behind the scenes” posts: looking back on how I planned parts of the garden, how things actually turned out, and what I’ve been learning along the way.

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Late Spring Combinations

Side garden at Hayefield late May 2012

Late May to mid-June generally isn’t a great time for pretty garden pictures here at Hayefield. I’m usually just getting around to setting out the annuals and tender perennials, so the new plants are pretty puny. And, I normally end up cutting most of the summer- and fall-blooming perennials back hard (anywhere from halfway to all the way to the ground) the last week of May, so anything that is pretty in flower now is likely to be surrounded by chopped stems. Still, interesting combinations have a way of happening despite all this. In an effort to remind myself of that – though all I can see right now is the mud, the mess, and the weeds – I thought I’d take a look back through my archives to collect some of my favorite late-spring and early-summer images.

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A Touch of Glass

Glass in the garden at Hayefield

For a long time, I was kind of a purist when it came to gardening: I felt that gardens should be about plants, not “stuff.” In many respects, that was just sour grapes; really cool garden art tends to be really expensive, too. Plus, I tend to get a wee bit obsessed with collecting things, so figured I’d stick with collecting plants instead of things.

But then, wouldn’t you know: I got hooked on a new kind of stuff, and I have garden blogging to blame. More specifically, a garden blogger: Pam of the blog Digging, and her beautiful blue bottle tree. After hearing me natter on about Pam’s bottle tree for a while, Mom bought me a bottle-tree frame of my very own. That started me on the hunt for neat bottles, which has since evolved into an appreciation of nice bits of glass of all kinds – not to display indoors, but to put out in the garden.

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