Archive for the ‘Out and About’ Category

In the Woods

Vernal pool algae April 19 08

As much as there is going on in the garden, I can’t help but write about two exciting spring events happening in the woods over on my parents’ farm. Continue reading

Disease Alert: Ova paschalis


Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

Corresponding with the arrival of gradually warmer temperatures at the end of the winter season, the appearance of Ova paschalis fruiting bodies is a curious phenomenon of the spring season in many parts of the United States. Continue reading

Got Rocks?

Boulder field at Ringing Rocks May 8 08

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

Have you ever noticed that other gardeners always have more difficulties than you do? You mention that you have deer/rabbits/voles/Japanese beetles/shade/whatever, and then you hear how the other person has the same problem but much, much worse than you could ever imagine. I’ve noticed that it’s the same with rocks: You grumble about hitting a few rocks when digging a fencepost or trying to plant, and invariably, someone else has more/bigger/harder rocks in their garden. Well, whenever I hear someone complain about rocks in the garden, I have to think that they don’t realize how bad it could be! Continue reading

Back to Black Creek

[This blog has no affiliation with Black Creek Greenhouses, and I cannot provide their current hours or contact information.]

Black Creek Greenhouses

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

Black Creek sign

Ah, the rituals of spring: spotting the first green sprout, finding the very first flower, delighting in the first daffodil. And, best of all, plant shopping! I have a few favorite local places for my regular shopping, but at least once each spring, I take a road trip to a place I consider a plant-shopper’s paradise: Black Creek Greenhouses in East Earl, Pennsylvania. Located about a half-mile off of Route 625 in eastern Lancaster County (also known as Pennsylvania Dutch Country), this glorious range of greenhouses has it all: a beautifully organized facility, incredible prices, and an amazing selection of both old favorites and cutting-edge new cultivars. So, let’s grab a cart and start shopping! Continue reading

Gone to the Dogs

Dog topiary at Philly Flower Show

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

Last night, thanks to a very generous friend, I had an opportunity to see the Philadelphia Flower Show. I can’t even remember how long it’s been since my last visit, but I’m sure it’s the first time I’ve seen it in its “new” venue.

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