Winterberry Farm Primitives

This blog is now devoted to gardening with native plants with a focus on those species native to the east coast of the United States. With an MS in Agricultural Science from the University of Delaware and my love of native plants, I hope to help folks see the beauty and necessity of using native plants in your garden instead of exotic plants. Did you know that our native song birds and native insects are disappearing as our local environments continue to change?
For those who come to this page to see my 'Winterberry Farm Primitives' blog can now be found at where I will post new additions to my online antiques shop at and discuss various subjects about primitive antiques.

Monday, July 20, 2009


Hello! This is my first posting on my new blog where we will discuss everything from decorating in a High Country primitive style to how to be a green gardener! I hope to inspire y'all to make your home your sanctuary. A place where you can enjoy the little things around you!
Let me introduce myself - my name is Susan and I live in a development style house in the great little state of Delaware! Our home is located in the middle of a very large (over 800 homes) development and I have worked hard to make our little sanctuary feel like we live out in the woods! If any of you out there know anything about Delaware, there are not a lot of old houses left so we decided to make our 20 year old house into a 220 year old house! My husband, Bob, and I have collected early American primitive antiques for over 25 years and our home is filled with great old painted pieces that we use every day. I will be posting pictures from time to time of some of our favorite pieces, but you can see our home on our website at:
Here at Winterberry Farm (can you tell that I want an old farmhouse surrounded by lots of land?) we are "green gardeners" and by that I mean that our gardens consist of over 90% native plants! We do not spray pesticides or fertilize our plants and do not have any grass to mow (OK - so we did leave a little bit of grass for the dog). This morning, as I was putting on my shoes, I heard the raucous cries of a blue jay hopping around in one of our trees out front but could not figure out why it was so upset until I looked a little closer and saw a peregrine falcon (yes - a falcon) sitting in one of the trees -apparently it was going after the baby blue jays! We do have a nesting pair of falcons in the wetland (actually very small and manmade after DelDOT was forced to "move" the original wetland when they enlarged a few streets around here years ago) that is across a major road from our development, but I have never seen one of the falcons over here! We have hawks and herons that come by (in the middle of a development!) every once in a while - but never a falcon! We are very fortunate that we get to see as much wildlife as we do living in a huge development but that just shows you that "if you build it - they will come!" LOL! I love using that line! I hope you enjoy my blog and come often to talk and talk and talk......


  1. Hey there! What a nice blog yu have and your home is awesome! I plan to come visit you again and again. I'm adding you to my blog list right now.

  2. Thanks Carolyn! I love to talk and write about things that I find interesting! I am so glad that I am making so many friends through my blog! Let me know what you want to talk about when it comes to what I call - "High Country primitive" decorating and OF COURSE - my first love - gardening!