Dark and Light – Part 3

Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' with Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

I promise this is the last post on burgundy and gold – for a while, anyway. (You can find the previous posts in Part 1 and Part 2.) For this one, I’ve pulled a few perennial-based combos. Above is a late-summer view of one of my favorite pairings in what passes for shade in my tree-less garden: golden Hakone grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’) with the near-black foliage of ‘Ravenswing’ cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris). It’s pretty high-contrast for most of the growing season, but as fall approaches, the grass starts taking on pinkish tinges that softens the effect a bit.

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Another Red-Sky Sunday

Sunrise at Hayefield Feb 10 08

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

We seem to be in a pattern of changeable Sundays here in southeastern PA, with stunning sunrises followed by decidedly unpretty conditions. Here’s the same sky just 15 minutes later, looking rather ominous:

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Asparagus Peas

Tetragonolobus purpurea or Lotus tetragonolobus (asparagus pea)

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

I’m always on the hunt for plants that really earn their space in the garden, so when I ran across a listing for asparagus pea (Tetragonolobus purpurea; also known as Lotus tetragonolobus), I knew I had to try it.

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Dark and Light – Part 2

Sambucus nigra 'Aurea' and Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty' with Mirabilis jalapa 'Limelight' and Basil 'Osmin'

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

Continuing on the burgundy-and-gold theme in honor of this month’s Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop, I offer up some more high-contrast combinations from my front garden, focusing mostly on annuals and tender perennials. (For the first part of this series, see Dark and Light – Part 1.)

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Wildflowers of Memory

Fieldbook of the American Wildflowers title spread

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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Six More Weeks?

Frost on the meadow

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

So, the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow yesterday. How could he not, with all those lights set up around him? I’ll admit, it did look wintery here this morning, after a nice bit of freezing fog. It does wonders for adding a bit of sparkle to the unmown bits of the meadow, and it makes me glad I haven’t been too quick to tidy the garden for spring.

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Dark and Light – Part 1

Capsicum annuum 'Explosive Embers' and Talinum paniculatum 'Kingwood Gold'

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

A while back, I wrote a post at Gardening Gone Wild about one of my favorite color combinations: burgundy to black with chartreuse to yellow. Since we’re concentrating on color for this month’’ Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop, I have a perfect excuse to revisit the topic with some more of my favorite combinations. Above is a detail shot of ‘Explosive Embers’ pepper (Capsicum annuum) with ‘Kingwood Gold’ jewels-of-Opar (Talinum paniculatum), two easy-to-grow annuals.

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