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?
Getting ready for my phone interview with a Country Sampler writer this morning! More later..... Well, I had a great conversation with Nancy from Country Sampler! Our home will be in their September issue and should be on newsstands by mid August! She was very nice and it looks like it will be a good article. I then went down to the University of Delaware to discuss the date for my oral exams this summer and it looks like I will be answering oral and written questions posed by my committee on or around July 5th! Not much time for the intense study that is necessary when answering questions on one's expertise in your chosen subject. I will also be heading down to West Virginia in April to pick up the last of the plants necessary for my research. All in all, a very busy spring and early summer! After passing my oral exams, I will be considered a doctoral candidate and will be close to the final writing of my dissertation. This has been a long 4 1/2 years working on this dissertation and I will be glad when it is over and I can start looking for a job! As I sit here writing this post, I can see and hear the birds checking under the leaf litter to find some fat and juicy insects to eat. We have had two very large flocks of robins who have been here since late February and they are getting their nesting areas ready for the first set of their offspring. I also saw a Pileated Woodpecker for the first time in our backyard today. What a thrill! Tomorrow we will be heading out to the gardens to begin to get them ready for the first of the wonderful spring ephemerals, like trillium and trout lilies, that will start springing up from the ground this month. More tomorrow, with pictures, on what's happening in the garden and some information on Calycanthus floridus (common name: Virginia Sweetshrub or Carolina Allspice)!
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.