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Container Gardening Ideas

The container garden is a wonderful way to add a touch of a garden to your home without the hassle of a floral border in the yard. Instead of using the same old standbys like petunias, geraniums and begonias with a spike of grass in the middle, try some new combinations for that wow factor. Take a look at these planters for some flower inspiration. The two large urns get their height from the Burkwoodi Broom shrub which will have a delicate red flower. Surrounding the broom are begonia rex plants which have colorful foliage. Candlevine adds a delightful fragrance, several euphorbia plants for a white blossom and several perilla plants add a nice pink and purple color foliage.004

 

The smaller urns contain Key Lime Coral Bells and Gerber daisies, for a simple but elegant combination.

Key Lime Coral Bells are a perennial.

Key Lime Coral Bells are a perennial.

 


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Spring 2014 at the Garden

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Welcome to the Antique Garden Spring 2014 edition. Take a look at what’s new at our garden shop. We are open daily for the Spring 2014.

Gerber Daisies

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The Antique Garden Winter & Holiday Edition

Lemon scented mini cypress trees make a great gift.

Lemon scented mini cypress trees make a great gift.

Winterberries, fresh greens and red twig dogwood stems make a simple winter arrangement.

Winterberries, fresh greens and red twig dogwood stems make a simple winter arrangement.

The Antique Garden Winter & Holiday Edition

Where has the time gone? This year has flown by quicker than you can say 2013. At The Antique Garden we are winding down for a long winter’s nap but before that, we will be open Monday through Saturday 10 – 6 pm until the 21st of December, Sundays 12-4 pm. Enjoy some photographs from the holiday season from our 1895 store in the square of Leitersburg, Maryland. We are still taking orders for custom urn decorating, gift baskets filled with our home canned goods and home baked holiday cookies.

Canned goods from our no spray gardens, hand made by us. Great for gift giving!

Canned goods from our no spray gardens, hand made by us. Great for gift giving!

We are stocked with ornaments, swags, wreaths, Christmas trees, illuminated pine cone baskets and lots of fresh cut winter berries, holly, balsam and seasonal mixed greens. Stop by the old store and visit us at 21501 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road, Leitersburg (5 miles from Hagerstown), Maryland, in the heart of the beautiful Cumberland Valley, located in Washington County.

Winterberry stems in a warm rust color are perfect for this brick home.

Winterberry stems in a warm rust color are perfect for this brick home.

 

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Dried hydrangeas in a cast iron urn make a wonderful winter filler.

Dried hydrangeas in a cast iron urn make a wonderful winter filler

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Jennifer & John Thomas
Dixie too!

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Dixie

 

Hydrangea Love

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 What is your favorite flower? The fragrant rose, fun loving daisy or a spring tulip? My favorite is an old-fashioned shrub that is also very practical. It is the hydrangea plant.  hydrangea     Now just about perfected they promise to bloom all summer long or until the first frost. With colors in the blues, pinks, whites, lime green and burgundy they have, depending on the variety, a large globular flower or a delicate lace like head. Best of all they can be cut or dried and make wonderful flower arrangements that last a long time. 028With names like All Summer Beauty, Nikko Blue, Paris Rapa, Shamrock, Bobo, Endless Summer and Pinky Winky, your hardest decision may be in which type to select. 011There are standard hydrangeas and the bush type that can grow up to 7 feet. 057Most tend to be a medium height shrub, making it an excellent choice for around the patio or foundation. Some varieties even change color depending on the soil p.h. conditions. All drop their leaves in the fall but often if the heads aren’t pruned off the dried flowers will remain all winter.059 Luckily we are in zone 6 where they do well and some are hardy to zone 3. All hydrangeas like moist, rich, well-drained soil high in organic matter and do well in part shade. 049Mine do well against the side of our house and along a fence line. 011Try out a hydrangea , you will enjoy this plant for a long time to come.

 

Summer at The Antique Garden

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It is almost August and the summer is literally flying by! Here are some sights from our store The Antique Garden in the square of Leitersburg Maryland. Located in an 1895 General Store, our selves are filled with the bounty of the season, plus pots, containers, collectibles and great plants. Take a visual tour of the store, the outbuildings and our newest feathered friends. We specialize in garden design and installation plus a whole lot more….039038Willow chairs

 
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Welcome to the potting shed!

Welcome to the potting shed!

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Beautiful hydrangea standard trees in full bloom.

Beautiful hydrangea standard trees in full bloom.

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 Meet our flock of silkies, bantams, wyndottes and red chicks!

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We are located at 21501 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Rd., Hagerstown, Maryland. Open Monday through Saturday 10-4 and Sundays by appointment or chance.

Terrarium Gardening

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DSCN7865Miniature gardening is a wonderful project for any plant enthusiast and creating an interesting terrarium can be an easy way to start. Did you know that originally terrariums were invented as a way of transporting living plants from far away lands? Traveling by ship often took months or years and terrariums were used to bring rare and exotic plants back home. It has been documented that Captain Cook and Captain Bligh brought home plants in glass containers! Who knew?! While not without care a terrarium becomes a microcosm of nature. Deciding which type of plants to use is the fun part. Choose either moisture loving plants, like ferns or dry cacti and succulents, but don’t mix the two. I also have found that if you choose sedums it is better not to cover the containers as it becomes too wet and the plants wither away. Most terrariums need a few hours of sun light outside or in a sunny area indoors. More sunlight is needed if you use cacti and succulents. I’ve had my terrariums outside all summer under a porch roof and they are thriving.We have used an assortment of moisture loving plants in our terrariums and conservatories. Choose a roomy glass vessel or bottle. 293294Add some charcoal chips at bottom to keep your growing medium smelling fresh and add a few inches of potting soil. If making a desertscape use a sandy soil mix. I especially like all types of small ferns, like the maiden fern, dwarf parlor palm, cadieri and P. “Moon Valley”, hypoestes, babies tears and moss. Water only occasionally when soil dries out, about once every week or two. Any glass jar will work just make sure it is big enough for growth. I’ve used mason jars, compotes, fish tanks, and apothecary jars successfully. Open the lids once in a while to let in fresh air.  Enjoy your mini world of plants.240

Sunny Sedums or Are They Succulents?

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Is it a sedum or is it a succulent or are they the same thing? I bet you’ve been wondering the same thing! According to Wikipedia, the answer is, they are both in the same family of plants. Both varieties hold water in their leaves making them an excellent drought resistant plant. We use cold hearty sedums like ‘Red Beauty’ Sempervivum, next to sedum ‘Angelina’around the pond as a ground cover as it does an excellent job at holding down any weeds that should pop up. These are perennials in our area. All are part of the crassulaceae family of plants which, includes the jade tree, ‘chalky blue fingers’, cobweb buttons, chicks and hens of all varieties, the beautiful kalanchoe ‘flap jacks’ and many, many more interesting types. All varieties enjoy full sun, a well drained soil mix and minimal watering. Just remember to bring inside the more tropical varieties when the weather cools.  Did you notice my picture of the ‘Living Stone’ plant? This succulent is native to South Africa and resembles a stone to evade consumption by animals.  This is such a diverse group of plants, this might be your year to pick up an aloe or agave.  Prices start at about $4.00 a pot and make a great dish garden or open terrarium. Why not add a plant to your collection? We love them whether you say sedum or succulent. Here is a  helpful link from the Beacon News about succulent gardening.

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Cast Iron Container Garden

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Cast Iron Container Gardening

Do you love the look of antique cast iron? It is perfect in the garden.  With a long tradition during the Victorian Era and in Europe cast iron flower pots have always been popular. Fitting in well with a traditional home and in the garden landscape these containers are highly prized. Today most pieces are imported and come in amazing array of sizes, shapes and colors. These new reproductions are made from original antique molds. We have a nice selection at The Antique Garden. These are guaranteed to rust! Take a look at some the styles available and stop on by our shop for this classic container. Check out these links from Pinterest for some ideas on filling these urns.

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Spring at The Antique Garden

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The lily pads in the pond are huge this year with lots of blooms.  These hearty lilies come back every year and are not planted in the pond but sit in their submerged large pots.013

This is an “Endless Summer” trademark hydrangea plant.  Perfected, these plants bloom all summer. Above notice the pink flowers which can turn blue depending on your soil conditions.  I’ve fertilized it with an acid loving food and hopefully this will bring out the blue.012

Did I mention that we have succulents and cacti? We love these plants which make great house plants too.  Just place in a sunny room and water sparingly.008

This hibiscus tree is doing great!007

I finally finished the coop and attended the Chicken Swap in Sharpsburg, Maryland several weeks ago. I purchased my new chickens, seven in all, and am waiting patiently for eggs…..h

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In our shop we have a large collection of hand crafted pottery by former Maryland resident Jan Richardson. These little cottages and houses are so cute.

With summer arriving in a few days, it seems like for the first time in many years that we’ve had a real spring.  The weather has been not too hot, with mild days, rainy spells, and pleasant evenings. We had later than normal frosts, so the vegetable gardens are late but cool weather crops like lettuce is going wild. 

This spring starting in April, we have been busy doing lots of landscaping and container gardening.  We  still have a nice inventory of planters, cast iron pots and conservatories, a fancy word for terrariums and of course plants and flowers.  Vertical gardens are easy to set up and your animals can’t get to them.  Inside the store we are filling up the canned goods section with things like local, raw honey, pickled carrots, aged herbal vinegars and a new batch of organic raspberry jam.

We even did the flowers for a friend’s daughters wedding this spring.  No that’s not a cake but one of 15 arrangements featuring roses, hydrangeas and carnations.

Our shop is open Monday to Saturdays, 10-4 and some Sundays 1-4 and we are located at 21501 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road, Hagerstown, Maryland.  We hope to see you soon!  Like us at Facebook

Collecting: Douglas Ferguson & Pigeon Forge Pottery

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One of the best parts of collecting vintage collectibles and antiques is discovering a new great find. My general rule of thumb is to buy what I love or at least like a lot. While I’ve had my fair share of losers, I tend to bring home better picks these days, or so I’ve been told by my partner. For seasoned collectors and novice beginners my advice is the same, pick what is aesthetically pleasing to you. From early primitives to high-end English and French furniture, there is something for everyone, and that is the fun of the hunt. I personally love to frequent the local antique malls, garage sales, thrift shops and an occasional auction. I lean toward the American collectibles from primitives to pottery and being in the Mid-Atlantic state of Maryland there are some pretty good pickings. On my last outing looking for spring inventory for our shop The Antique Garden, I visited a nearby Pennsylvania antiques mall.  036 I came across this unique piece of pottery by Douglas Ferguson. Pottery can be difficult to identify because there are often so many abstract markings on the bottom. I liked this pottery bowl the moment I saw it and although I almost put it down, it weighed almost 6 pounds, I put it on the sales counter and brought it home. I liked the unique  “crater” glaze, large 12” diameter and 3 ½” depth and thought it might be perfect to hold some of my plants. Plus it was signed with a distinct signature that I could read easily, Douglas Ferguson. 041As so often is the way, I googled the name when I got home and was pleasantly surprised that it was indeed crafted by a notable artist from North Carolina and later the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. In fact this signed piece was created in the mid-century and had all the markings of a modern era collectible. 046Ferguson created The Pigeon Forge Pottery Company in the 1940′s that existed until his death in the late 1990’s. I remember that beautiful area of east Tennessee when I took my family on an outing to the Smokey Mountains a few years back. 015It’s great to learn about new artists, their history, and save a vintage find for future generations.   This piece is being offered for auction on eBay  this week, if you are interested.   What do you collect, we’d love to know?! Happy picking, Jenn  from The Antique Garden

To learn more about Pigeon Forge Pottery and founder Douglas Ferguson be sure to visit this link www.thepigeonforgepottery.com