About Nancy J. Ondra

Nan gardens on 4 acres in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In the firm belief that every garden ought to have a pretentious-sounding (or at least pretentious-looking) name, she refers to her home grounds as "Hayefield." There, she experiments with a wide variety of plants and planting styles, from cottage gardens and color-based borders to managed meadows, naturalistic plantings, and veggies--all under the watchful eyes of her two pet alpacas, Daniel and Duncan.

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The Fall Color Project 2010 – Pennsylvania Style

Fall Color Project Badge 2010 For the last several years, Dave at The Home Garden has been hosting The Fall Color Project: a meme to track the progress of peak fall foliage color. And every year, I have trouble figuring out the perfect time to do my post. This autumn, I think we’re lucky to have any fall color, after the drought stress of the summer and the heavy rains and winds of the last two weeks. Some trees are already bare, while others are just now starting to color up.

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Picture This Photo Contest for October 2010


This month, we’re going to challenge you with something a bit different: capturing an image without using a camera. I first learned about this technique from a fellow blogger, Craig Cramer of Ellis Hollow, and we’re thrilled that he has agreed to be our judge.

Here’s what Craig has to say: “This month’s theme is Fall on a Flatbed Scanner. If you can scan a photograph, you can do this. It’s easy. It’s fun. It can help you see your garden in new ways. And it doesn’t take any special equipment or exceptional technical skill – just a typical office flatbed scanner, a basket full of subject matter gathered from your garden and a little time to arrange your material and make the scan.

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GGW Picture This Reminder – September 2010


The deadline is quickly approaching for this month’s Picture This contest. The theme is “Autumn Harvest,” judged by photographer Charles Mann. There aren’t many entries yet, so if you’ve been reluctant to submit an image because of the stiff competition in previous months, this might be a good time for you to take a chance. Continue Reading →

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GGW Picture This Reminder – August 2010

Cady's Falls Nursery in Morrisville, Vermont

There are just a few days left to submit your entry for this month’s Picture This contest. The theme is “On the Road Again,” so take a look through your vacation pictures to find a great shot to share with the rest of us. It doesn’t have to be an exotic location; if it’s outside of your own garden, it’s fair game. It’s easy to enter: post your chosen photo on your own blog, then visit Fran’s first-of-the-month announcement post (Picture This Photo Contest for August 2010) and leave us two links: one to your post and one directly to your photo. The deadline for entries is 11:59 PM Eastern time on Saturday, August 21, 2010.

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GGW Picture This Challenge – Macro in a Mason Jar


If you’re interested in enjoying and learning about great garden photography and you’re not already reading David Perry’s A Photographer’s Garden Blog, you should be. Along with philosophy and garden adventures, all accompanied by stunning images, David frequently addresses out-of-the-ordinary photography topics, such as An Introduction to Shooting for the Cover, Point-and-Shooting Straight into the Sun, and Now for a Little Background. Best of all, you don’t need to have loads of high-tech camera equipment to try out his challenges – just a basic point-and-shoot camera and a willingness to experiment. We’re going to focus on one of David’s creative ideas for an upcoming Picture This contest: Macro in a Mason Jar.

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