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?
It's Almost Here! The 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show!
Yes, it's true! The 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show is just around the corner and we are making our annual trek for the gold in March! Follow our progress as we march towards the March 6th opening of the Flower Show! More info to be posted today on our progress so far and what we hope to achieve! The theme of this year's flower show is 'Springtime in Paris' and the theme of the division that we are competing in is 'Joie de vivre' - the Joy of Living. So, our 'marching orders' for this competition was to concentrate on the joy of living when deciding on our story that we will tell in our display. I don't want to give too much away, just suffice to say that our 'joy of living' will be living in our retirement home, selling antiques, gardening and enjoying life. We started out with an idea of an historic two story colonial in the rolling hills of New Hampshire as our place and an early spring morning as our time of day. We used a spring morning to connect our display to the overall theme of 'Springtime in Paris'. We started out with this dollhouse kit from a miniatures company and decided early on that we didn't want the house to overpower the display SO...we ended up cutting the dollhouse down to a one story house that we will now make into an historic one story cape based on one that actually exists in Connecticut. It is the Elias Sprague House, built in 1821 and located in Coventry, Connecticut. We just moved our 'house' to New Hampshire! Here is the actual historic home and below is the beginning of our 'renovation' of our house. We have cut down the house kit and below you can see pictures of our progress so far.In these last two pictures you can see that I am starting to add the windows and the siding on the little cape. This coming week....finish the siding and windows, then paint, paint, paint! Oh, and the last picture shows the fireplace in the kitchen, complete with its black cauldron and stack of firewood. That's all for now! More on our progress later this coming week!
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.