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! The Christmas season is well underway and we are having our first snowfall of the winter! The weather people are saying that we could get either a dusting or up to 4 inches! I have started a fire in the fireplace and will be snuggling down with a good book as soon as I finish this posting. The great smell of burning wood and the warmth of a big fire always attracts our Maya and she will soon be settling down in front of the fire. My grandson is trying to figure out how to roast marshmallows and has found an old toasting fork that he is holding over the flame to burn off any dust or dirt so he can stick marshmallows on the end of the fork. It's funny to watch him walk in and out of the fireplace and piling on the logs to keep the fire high and hot. We went to the Rockwood Mansion here in Delaware last night for their Christmas Open House and even though we were not able to take pictures inside the house, I WAS able to get pictures of the lights outside the house. They are a little fuzzy because it was a very dark and cold night. We have a lot of museums here in Delaware and a lot of them are from the Dupont family including Hagley Museum and Library and Longwood Gardens, just over the PA border in Kennett Square. We had a great time last night and will be hitting some of the other great Christmas sights as the month progresses. I went hunting for treasures for my December 10th update the other day and found some great vintage Christmas items and some really great primitive antiques! I won't be doing a door prize this time but I will be putting the items on the website by Sunday night as a little sneak peek! I will add the prices on Tuesday morning and will then open the update that evening. I had a hard time not keeping everything this time and I am adding a few pictures here to show you some of the things I found! All of those wonderful things on the table - including the great Amish lap board (!) will be in the update - there are a couple of putz turkeys - yes, turkeys! - very rare - in the update! This is just a sampling of what I have found in my travels - there is at least one old bucket/measure in great attic surface and another old much repaired rectangular bowl that has a lot of wonderful character. The old red color on the big box is amazing and so is its original handle. Most everything I found this time is from the Amish country in Pennsylvania and would look great in your primitive home! Check out my website tomorrow as I set up the sneak peek!
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.