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?
Here is the great old A.P. Donaghho jug that I picked up yesterday! I was born in Parkersburg, WV and have been collecting A.P. Donaghho jugs for a while but this is the first one of this size and color that I have seen. I have some of the several A.P. Donaghho crocks and jugs that were found in my maternal grandfather's dairy barn (in Cairo, WV) after his death in the early 1970's; but none like this great old jug. On another note, my native fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus) is beginning to flower today and I will be posting pictures of it by late this afternoon. I will also be posting pictures of my spring/summer garden on my webpage at: http://www.picturetrail.com/winterberryfarm
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.