Couve What?

Couve Tronchuda and 'Purple Tulsi' basil

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

You know how there are some plants you just can’t grow, no matter how often you try? For the longest time, I drooled over pictures of sea kale (Crambe maritima), and I desperately wanted to grow it. I bought plants, I grew them from seed, but I couldn’t get them to last more than a year. Eventually, though, I found what I consider a great substitute: couve tronchuda.

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Welcome to Hayefield

Hayefield July 4 2007

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

When I started blogging with the others at Gardening Gone Wild late last summer, I knew there was no shortage of topics to write about at that time, because there was so much going on in the garden. As fall approached, though, I heard of a few garden blogs taking a hiatus for the “off season,” and I wondered if most garden bloggers disappeared during the winter. Well, far from it, apparently: seems to me that the garden-blogging community keeps on going (and growing) no matter what the weather.

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – January 2008

Forsythia viridissima Kumson Jan 15 08

I found a bloom for Bloom Day! I brought branches of ‘Kumson’ forsythia inside a week ago, but they haven’t done anything. Outside, though, a few buds are just about open. Now, I’m off to see what the rest of you have posted in the main Bloom Day post at May Dreams Gardens.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – November 2007

Aconitum carmichaelii seedling

Here in southeastern Pennsylvania, we’ve already had several weeks of below-freezing nights, as well as a variety of other weather conditions. Yesterday started out frosty, then turned foggy and mild. We’re due for another shot of cold air later today, but in the meantime, it’s pouring rain.

Fortunately, I took lots of pictures in the garden yesterday; unfortunately, there wasn’t much in the way of flowery goodness. In fact, I could find only two worth capturing. Above are a few blooms of a monkshood (Aconitum carmichaelii) with seersucker sedge (Carex plantaginea). Normally, they’re held at eye-level or above, but these formed just a few inches above the ground.

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – October 2007

Muhlenbergia capillaris with Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster', Stachys 'Big Ears', and Schizachyrium 'Blaze'

Although we’ve already weathered a scattered light frost in our part of southeastern Pennsylvania, there are still plenty of blooms to be found. Above is one of my fall favorites: pink muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris). It’s not particularly noticeable for most of the growing season, but from early October to mid-November, those pink clouds are a delight.

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – September 2007

Helianthus annuus 'Sunny Smile'

Welcome to the very first Bloom Day at Hayefield! I found out about this event (created by Carol at May Dreams Gardens) just this morning, but I wanted to join the fun, so I managed to grab a few pictures to put together a short post. I hope to be more organized next month.

For now, let’s start with  a great little annual sunflower (Helianthus annuus) called ‘Sunny Smile’ from Johnny’s Selected Seeds, sown on July 20th and flowering now at about 1 foot tall.

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