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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

urns 097urns 100Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy holiday season!

Jennifer & John Thomas
Dixie too!

Dixie

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.

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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Sun wind chime is beckoning warm sunny days.468

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

2012 A Year of Flowers & Gardens Part 2

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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…..

This rooftop garden is all about containers filled with herbs, vegetables and flowers. Perfect for those with a compact yard or urban space.

We changed out the Black Eyed Susan plants for the autumn to a Pumpkin Planter Box.

More Planters….

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Urn

Dried Pepper Wreath, SOLD, a creation of our abundant veggie garden!

Winter Urn Garden

Holiday Arrangement

More Thanksgiving planters full of the bounty of our harvest….

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. 

Near the street, we have two  urns decked out with pine, magnolia, boxwood and other “cuts” from our yard. 

Here is our front  rocking chair porch, at  the Parsonage, decorated with festive greens and winter berry sprigs in the window boxes.

 From our porch to yours, happy gardens to all!

Jenn at The Antique Garden

21501 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Rd

Hagerstown, Maryland

Email: antiquegarden@myactv.net  We would love to hear from you!

2012 A Year of Flowers & Gardens: Part One

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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.

Hydrangea Madness in March!

Sedum wall hanging and new water feature

Bogart’s Container 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. 

Formal Urn Arrangement for Prep School Alumni Week-end

Whimsical Fairy Garden

Blooming Garlic is a beautiful sight in the garden!

Daylilies and lots of them in the garden border~~~

Pond Frog!

Wild Flower Queen’s Anne Lace looking elegant in the alley behind the store!  Mother Nature is awesome.

 The incredible Moon Flower, a night-blooming plant,  is closing up for the day.

We said good-bye to dozens of our fish in 2012,  as a wicked Blue Heron ate most of them.  I know they aren’t flowers, but I’m still venting….ah Mother Nature….

 Small Container Water Garden

Our front porch planter box is filled with Black Eyed Susan’s, the Maryland State flower.

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

Hagerstown, Maryland

Email:  antiquegarden@myactv.net  we would love to hear from you!

Mummer’s Parade Party Cheese Ball Recipe

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I’ve decided to leave my large Kitchen Aid mixer out on the counter for the holiday season. 010    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.027

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.

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As we get into the fall and winter season it is fun to try out new recipes don’t you think?!

Happy Gardens!

Jenn at The Antique Garden

About Us

Our store decked out for The Leitersburg Peach Festival.

About Us

 

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 antiquegarden@myactv.net  

Thanks for checking us out!

Jenn at The Antique Garden