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?
Fall is Coming and the Solidago is Already Flowering...
Finally back after a couple of years and just in time for the beautiful flowers of the Solidago species that you can see everyday on roadsides and in the fields. Pair these flowers with some red asters, Lobelia cardinalis that is still flowering and you have a bright and cheerful fall garden. Solidago (or goldenrod) come in several species and cultivars, sizes and hues of yellow gold tiny flowers, and even different hues of green that can range from a bright green color to a dark blue/green on the shade-loving Solidago caesia (Blue-Stem Goldenrod). As the leaves on shrubs and trees begin to change color, add several of these fall flowering Solidago species to the your shrub bed for a burst of bright golden color. One of the best cultivars for your garden is Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks', an old cultivar but still one of the best for the home garden. It will form small clumps with those striking golden arches of flowers shooting out over the top of the foliage. No matter what species or cultivar you plant, it will put a smile on your face every time you walk by it.
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.