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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. 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. With 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. There are standard hydrangeas and the bush type that can grow up to 7 feet. Most 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. 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. Mine do well against the side of our house and along a fence line. Try out a hydrangea , you will enjoy this plant for a long time to come.
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….
Meet our flock of silkies, bantams, wyndottes and red chicks!
We are located at 21501 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Rd., Hagerstown, Maryland. Open Monday through Saturday 10-4 and Sundays by appointment or chance.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
After editing lots of photographs and cleaning out my computer files I realized how many photos we’ve taken this year. As the year 2012 draws to a close, we are taking stock of many projects from the past year, including container gardens, landscapes, vegetable gardens, floral arrangements and more. Sit back, relax and enjoy some of the sights from The Antique Garden and remember Spring 2013 is just around the corner. Take some time to dream of next year’s gardens…..
Winter Arrangement with fresh pineapples, artichokes, chili peppers and winter berries. A neo-modern twist with inspiration from classic, traditional Williamsburg, Virginia. This is Christmas decorating, using fresh, real fruits and vegetables.
From our porch to yours, happy gardens to all!
Jenn at The Antique Garden
21501 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Rd
Email: email@example.com We would love to hear from you!
After editing lots of photographs and cleaning out my computer files I realized how many photos we’ve taken this year. As the year 2012 draws to a close, I thought we’d take a stroll down memory lane and show the highlights of the year. From one of my favorite flowering shrubs the hydrangea to the wonderful “Fairy Garden” we made last spring and the countless others, sit back and enjoy this visual recap of the gardens we created in 2012 at The Antique Garden.
Arts in Bloom, Hagerstown Garden Club members Betsy Hardinge, Margaret Waltersdorf and I created a floral replica of this piece of Murano Art Glass in the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in March.
Part 2 to be continued tomorrow, as we wrap up the year with holiday flowering arrangements. Happy Gardens Everyone and may 2013 be blooming!
Jenn at The Antique Garden
21501 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Rd
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org we would love to hear from you!
It’s December 1st and ‘tis the season to deck the halls!
We’ve been busy creating beautiful garlands and container gardens for our customers. After a very successful week-end at the Kris Kringle show and Thanksgiving but a delicious memory, now is the time to make merry with family and friends. One of the best things about December is the cooking and the decorating. Ever since I was a small child, I loved the preparations for Christmas. What is better than homemade cookies and treats from the kitchen and the smell of real balsam pine whether in a wreath, garland or live Christmas tree. So while the temperatures get chilly and we enjoy the warmth of our homes, we celebrate with traditions of the past. It’s time to add a touch of greenery inside and out. We start with taking lots of cuttings of fresh greens. We love to use what is available in our yard or can scavenge from friends. Cuttings of Southern magnolia, white pine, boxwood, blue ice juniper and holly will last all winter in the window boxes, wreaths and urns that we decorate. I purchased a strand of roping at a local store and wired on various cuttings of greens and large southern pinecones. We then attached it around the doorway using some wire and several nails to anchor the greens. The look is very welcoming when guests come for holiday gatherings, don’t you think? What are you doing in preparation for the holidays? Next up is holiday baking with decadent recipes! Stay tuned. PS. the fabulous red and orange berries are called winter berries. They add lots of color to your greens and the birds love them! The Antique Garden is located in Hagerstown Maryland in a 1895 General Store. Reach us by email at email@example.com we’d love to hear from you.
I’ve decided to leave my large Kitchen Aid mixer out on the counter for the holiday season. With Halloween almost here, this officially means things around here won’t get back to normal until 12th Night in January. Hopefully this will encourage me to make all kinds of delicious treats all the way until the new year. So far I’ve managed to make cookies and yesterday I tried out another new recipe for a party we were attending in town for the annual Mummer’s Parade in Hagerstown, Maryland. Supposedly the largest night time parade east of the Mississippi.
I’ve honestly never made a cheese ball before. After seeing a recipe online, from Family Fresh Meals, I tweaked it as I usually do and made my own version. I actually think this is pretty easy to make and everyone seemed to like it. The stand mixer did make this easy to whip up. Here’s the ingredient list for one cheese ball.
16 ounces cream cheese at room temperature (2 packs)
2 cups cheddar cheese, finely shredded
3 tablespoons red pepper jelly
1 teaspoon cumin
1 cup roasted pepitos (pumpkin seeds out of the shell)
Top of 1 bell pepper for stem garnish if you want to make this look like a pumpkin
1. With mixer on low add cream cheese, 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese, jelly, cumin and ¾ cups pepitos. Turn up speed and combine until well blended.
Turn out on plastic wrap and shape into ball. Wrap well and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
2. Remove cheese ball from refrigerator and unwrap. Roll in ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese and remaining pumpkin seeds. Top with pepper stem. Serve with crackers and cut up veggis.
I can imagine making this with salsa instead of pepper jelly and different types of roasted nuts. Perhaps for Christmas roll in green herbs and serve with slices of red pepper. The cheese ball held up well and was nice and firm but not too hard.
As we get into the fall and winter season it is fun to try out new recipes don’t you think?!
Jenn at The Antique Garden
In case you are wondering who we are, let me introduce ourselves. We are Jennifer and John Thomas owners of The Antique Garden, Inc. located in Western Maryland in a small rural village named Leitersburg. Located just outside of Hagerstown, Maryland we are about an hours drive to Baltimore and Washington D.C. John has been in the plant business for nearly 30+ years and has an artistic touch that is evident in his landscapes, water features and container gardens. I buy and sell collectibles and antiques (and what ever else catches my fancy) and also teach Intro to Visual Arts at the local college. We met about 10
yikes years ago while he was freelancing for Motif Designs, an interior design company and the Folia Company, the manufacturer of Ralph Lauren fabrics, in New York. He brought me back to Maryland and I fell in love with the countryside of the Cumberland Valley, not to mention John, and we purchased the old 1895 General Store in Leitersburg. Historic Leitersburg, Maryland is on the Civil War route as General Lee retreated from Gettysburg right down our street. After completely restoring our aged building and grounds we are proud to be opening up shop.
Services include: full landscape design and installation, specialty plants and specimens, water features and ponds, container gardens for your home or business that can be changed seasonally onsite. We feature a selection of dried flowers, urns and pots, baskets and my collection of primitives and antiques. We also love to cook and grow almost all our own pesticide-free vegetables in our gardens. You’ll notice lots of recipes on this blog, that are tried and tested by us. Our farm stand, opening in this spring, will be filled with fresh veggies like: beets, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes and my canned relishes, jams, pickles and herbal vinegars. If you’re nearby or want to take a country drive, please join us at the Peach Festival in Leitersburg, Maryland in August. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for checking us out!
Jenn at The Antique Garden