Posts Tagged ‘Hayefield’

No-Bloom Day – September 2016

Sadly, the extremely dry conditions we endured all summer have continued, with less than 1 inch of scattered precipitation over the past month, and the garden is suffering. There are a few stalwarts in flower now, including golden lace (Patrinia scabiosifolia), goldenrods (Solidago), narrow-leaved ironweed (Vernonia lettermannii), purple Japanese burnet (Sanguisorba tenuifolia ‘Purpurea’), and Japanese bush clover (Lespedeza thunbergii). The plants all look tired and droopy, though, and despite my best efforts, I just couldn’t get any images that were worthy of taking up your time to view. So, I offer my apologies for this month, with hopes that maybe I’ll have something for October, and encourage you to admire the efforts of the other participants in this month’s main Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day post at May Dreams Gardens.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – August 2016

Tufted hair grass (Deschampsia cespitosa) and clematis arbor in the side garden at Hayefield [Nancy J. Ondra]

Despite chirpy assurances from area weather reporters that “everyone” in our region has repeatedly gotten soaking rains over the past month, a few of us, at least, have not shared in the bounty. Barely 1 inch of rain over the last 4 weeks, combined with an unusually dry June and July and long stretches of brutally hot weather, does not make for joyous gardening. To be honest, I was [this] close to simply skipping Bloom Day this month. Then this little guy changed my mind. Continue reading

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – July 2016

The Side Garden in early July [Nancy J. Ondra at Hayefield]

Hot and dry have been two repeating themes over the past month, but it’s midsummer now, so those factors aren’t all that unusual. Several other appearances have been unexpected, though.

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – June 2016

The Side Garden at Hayefield in June [Nancy J. Ondra]

With so much going on in the garden this time of year, it would be easy enough to do a Bloom Day post every week without getting boring. I’ve limited myself to just the past 10 days for this once-a-month extravaganza, and there’s still a lot to show, so let’s get right to the good stuff, focusing first on what’s in flower.

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – April 2016

Bearsfoot hellebore (Helleborus foetidus) with Allegheny pachysandra (Pachysandra procumbens) and glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa luciliae); Nancy J. Ondra at Hayefield

Bearsfoot hellebore (Helleborus foetidus) with Allegheny pachysandra (Pachysandra procumbens) and glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa luciliae)

I was all prepared to bemoan the wild weather extremes we’ve had over the past month, and how the timing of the plants is so far off normal, until I looked back through my previous April Bloom Day posts:  2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. They provided a much-needed reminder that the only thing predictable about our weather this time of year is its unpredictability. So, I’ll just accept that everything is as it’s meant to be, plant-wise, and enjoy what looks lovely now.

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – October 2015

Front Garden in October; Nancy J. Ondra at Hayefield

Ah, glorious, glorious fall. It’s easy to forget about all of the growing season’s dramas and disappointments–the multiple extended dry spells, the weeds, the ticks, and the yellow jackets–and spend hours wandering around with a camera in one hand and seed-collecting bags in the other. The colors are simply amazing.

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – September 2015

Helianthus Lemon Queen and Calamagrostis brachytricha in Side Garden; Nancy J. Ondra at Hayefield

Though hot and dry were the main themes of the last month here, we’ve finally gotten some rain, and the cooler temperatures are more in keeping with the fall season. The animals are certainly happier, and the much-needed moisture came just in time to save many of the plants that were about ready to shut down for the season, and to refresh those that have been soldiering in despite the less-than-ideal conditions, such as the golden lace (Patrinia scabiosifolia).

Patrinia scabiosifolia; Nancy J. Ondra at Hayefield

Golden lace (Patrinia scabiosifolia)

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