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?
Hi everyone, I have been running around for the last couple of weeks taking pictures of my gardens this fall. Both front and back yards are basically 'grassless' with only a few strips of grass for our Maya so she doesn't get too wacky! Walking through the leaves and scuffling my feet brings back good memories of huge piles of leaves that we would play in as children before my dad raked the leaves up and put them in the compost. Trips to both sets of grandparents homes meant going home to the farm. Being born and raised in West Virginia, I can remember the wonderful crisp weather in the fall and the fun we had running amok on the farm! What happened to those days? Was it the need for everyone to have the 'perfect' lawn? Maybe we are all a bit too anxious and busy these days - oh well - please enjoy my version of 'leaf peeping'. If you are interested in having great fall color in your gardens and yards - let me know and I will post info on the best trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants for fall color in your neck of the woods!
Things have changed quite a bit in the last two years since I last posted a blog here at Winterberry Farm Primitives. My oldest grandson is now in college and my daughter is finishing her RN in her new home up in New York City. I have had four fantastic years as an antiques dealer and have met some wonderful people. Now it is time to get back to blogging about what I love - antiques and native plants! My blogs on antiques will be companions to my monthly shop updates and my gardening blogs will try to follow the seasons, so here we go! I am a wife to a great hubby, mother of two wonderful people (both of which served their country - AF & Army) & grandmother of three great teenagers. I am also a plant scientist with a masters in science. I developed a vegetative propagation method for Spigelia marilandica as my undergraduate project & worked with three species of trillium, for my masters thesis. That said - after several years in the ag/biotech field, I find myself drawn back to my first love of antiques & gardening.