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?
Sitting here in my workroom and looking out the window at the three more inches of snow that we got last night (on top of the foot of snow that we got last week), I am wondering if I will ever see the snow leave Delaware and spring appear. One thing I do know is that this spring should be fabulous! With the continuous cold weather and the ground staying frozen this winter, I expect that the herbaceous plants, shrubs, and trees will be glorious! We added a tobacco lath fence to our front gardens about 18 months ago and this spring, I plan to add some very nice annual vines to that fence. I also wanted to spend a year in pictures showing the changes in that garden and that year starts today with these pictures. Here we are on February 17, 2014 and you can see the snow in the gardens. I will be posting pictures as the snow melts and the plants begin to appear so watch this blog! I will also be posting my possible choices for annual vines to add to the fence and I will be asking for some opinions on which ones to use...Keep thinking spring and it will get here! I can't wait to see all of the changes that will start happening in my front garden in just the next few weeks!!!!
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.