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?
Wow! I have been crazy busy with my Winterberry Farm Primitives business, my gardens and now my research! I have over 700 rhizomes coming in this week to get the last big experiment started in my research on the medicinal plant, Actaea racemosa! I am putting the final touches on the hydroponics system that is the main focus of the research and will be adding the rhizomes to the troughs in the next 10 days! Crazy! I must cut, weigh, soak in an anti-fungal solution, and then put the rhizomes in the troughs to start this last experiment! I have been lax in my postings for the last couple of weeks but as the plants begin to flower and things begin to pop - I will be posting more pics of the natives in my gardens!
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.