Category: Ruminations

Shearing Madness

With temperatures in the 70s and 80s in southeastern Pennsylvania this week, gardening has to take second place to a more critical spring ritual here at Hayefield: freeing “the boys” from their year’s worth of heavy fleece so they don’t pass out from the…

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Building the Perfect Hybrid Hellebore – Part 2

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra Continuing from Part 1… Flower Colors I think the only color in hybrid hellebores that’s rather boring is green. I can find charm in other sorts of green flowers, and a bright Granny-Smith-apple green isn’t bad, I guess….

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Building the Perfect Hybrid Hellebore – Part 1

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra Back in my March Bloom Day post, I made a comment about loving all of my hybrid hellebores (Helleborus x hybridus). At the time, I meant it. But now that they’ve been in bloom for a few weeks,…

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Sunday Sunrise

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra Not much of a show, is it? The sky was absolutely stunning about 40 minutes before actual sunrise, but by the time I got back from my walk with Mom, it was too late to salvage any color….

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Wildflowers of Memory

Text ©Nancy J. Ondra Taking inspiration from Jodi’s post Garden Bloggers Muse Day meets Wildflowers in Winter at Bloomingwriter, I’ve dusted off some of my favorite wildflower guides.

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Are Alpacas the Answer?

Text and photo ©Nancy J. Ondra “What made you decide to get alpacas?”, people ask me. Well, the fleece has some value, if you can find someone who wants it, and they’re fun to watch and hang around with. Plus, the endless supply of…

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