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?
Hello everyone! Today the roads are much better here in Delaware and I was able to get down to the University of Delaware where I have been growing my plants for our Miniature Setting display. The picture to the left shows some of the plants, including some American elm seedlings. These elms do not have the gene for resistance and I will not be putting them out in the garden but they are great for the display! I am putting in most of the plants today to give them a couple of weeks to get used to the lower light of the display box and to grow a bit in place. They will also orient themselves so their leaves are going in the correct directions. There is enough fertilizer in the soilless mix I am using to get them through the show without outside fertilizer. After the plants are in the box for a while, I will continue to move the vine on the barn up and over the top of the roof, but I do not want to force it up until it acclimates itself a bit and its roots start to grip and spread out. As the vine settles in, I will be moving it further over the front of the barn so most of the right window is obscured. The leaves on the trees will continue to emerge but they will not get so big that they look out of place or too big for the rest of the display. The next step will be to add peat moss to the top of the soilless mix and then some crushed up leaves on top of the peat moss. The last step in the planting of the box will be to add some more grass seed so there is more grass coming up through the peat moss and the crushed leaves at the time of the show. The very, very last step is to add the little accessories and animals to the display to make the visitors (and the judges) take a second and third look to see everything hidden in the little cracks and crevices! Wish us luck - there are only two more weeks (14 days!) until install day!!!!
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.