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?
Work! Work! Work! That's all I am doing these days! I am posting some more pictures of my trillium has they looked last week. They are now starting to go to seed and there should be more little seedlings for next year! The big trillium above is Trillium erectum and it is a beauty! It is in a bed that is moist throughout the year and gets partial sun for most of the morning. The other pictures show one of my Trillium grandiflorum plants with their white flowers and some Trillium sessile babies that are not yet old enough to flower (they must be at least 7-8 years old to flower). The yellow flowered trillium are Trillium luteum.
I am also posting a few pictures of the work I have been doing getting my last BIG experiment started! What I am posting today are some pictures of the rhizomes that I will be using in this experiment. I have 1280 rhizomes that are ready, willing and able to go into the hydroponic troughs to prove my hypothesis that Actaea racemosa rhizomes, whether they are cut up or whole, can survive and grow in a commercial hydroponics system. I am using rhizomes between the ages of 3-7 years old and will hopefully at the end of this 2-3 month experiment have rhizomes that are the size and maturity of 12-18 year old rhizomes! Unfortunately, I cannot post pictures of the actual experiment until I am ready to publish my results but I will keep you posted on what is happening! As I get the rhizomes into the experiment and get things started, I will be back to posting more regularly and will continue the postings on native plants for your garden! Thanks to all of you loyal readers out there for sticking with me through this busy time and wish me luck as I continue this important work with this amazing native medicinal plant!
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.