Sunday, January 18, 2015

Longwood Gardens Visit

I spent the day at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA. This is the place to see dazzling displays that elevate the art of horticulture. I enjoy viewing their Christmas displays and want to return in the summer when the fountains will be running. I got lots of ideas for flowers. 
Have you visited Longwood Gardens?

 Beautiful displays!

Simple ornament anyone can make.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Fairytale Pumpkins

November is when we start to think about making those pumpkin recipes that we have been collecting. You can use almost any pumpkin for cooking. I like the Fairytale myself.

Fairytale pumpkins can be used in any pumpkin recipe.
Low in calories and high in fiber, pumpkins are a good source of beta-carotene which converts into vitamin A. 
Pumpkin seeds are high in protein, iron, and the B vitamins. 

How to prepare a Fairytale Pumpkin for cooking.

Preheat oven to 400°F
Cut large wedges of the pumpkin for baking.

Scrape seeds, rinse the pumpkin off and lay in baking dishes. It’s okay if they overlap. Put the seeds into a large bowl for roasting later.

Use a baking pan that has sides because water will come out of the pumpkin as it bakes. Cover pumpkin wedges tightly with aluminum foil and bake in a 400°F oven for 90 minutes to 2 hours. Pumpkin is done when a fork slides easily through the thick part.

Let the pumpkin cool so you can handle it. Line a colander with a tea towel. Use a large spoon and scrape the pumpkin out of the shell. Place it in the tea towel and let it drain. You can wrap the tea towel around the pumpkin and pick it up to squeeze. After you get most of the water out of the pumpkin move it to the large bowl of your food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. If the pumpkin is runny and looks like it still has water in it, place it back in the tea towel to drain more. Finished pumpkin should be thick and hold it’s shape. If you leave water it in your finished product will be too runny.

You can freeze your cooked pumpkin for later use.
Happy November,
The Plant Lady ~ Linda

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Growing Peonies

Peonies are easy to grow perennials. 

They produce flower blooms in late spring to early summer. Peonies are hardy to plant in USDA growing zones 2 through 8 and will remain in bloom for approximately one week, depending on the variety.
 Grows 2’ to 3’ tall and 3’ to 4’ wide.

They need well draining soil and sunshine. Generally summer drought resistant, Peonies like a consistent 1” of water weekly in the spring. Peonies may be fed with a 4-10-6 fertilizer in the fall and early spring.  In late fall, cut the stalks down to almost ground level and discard all felled cuttings. 

Failure to bloom can be due to rootstock crowns planted too deeply, too much shade, poor water drainage, an overcrowded planting site or a late spring killing frost. If the peony crown was planted too deeply, dig up the rootball, rework the soil and replant 1/2” higher than soil level. Otherwise, allow the peony foliage to grow and thrive for future year blooms. 

The blossoms are attractive in cut flower arrangements. They are rarely bothered with pests, with the exception of scales. Scales are controlled by removing affected plant material during the autumn and using a pesticide the next May or June. 

We have peonies available at Adams Fruit Market for your garden. 

Happy Planting!
The Plant Lady ~ Linda

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

The Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to visit. It is a refuge for migratory birds, primarily ducks and geese. The refuge includes more than 24,000 acres. Blackwater Refuge is one of the chief wintering areas for Canada geese using the Atlantic flyway. It provides protection, food and cover for wildlife through specific land and water management programs.

A daily permit is required for all visitors to the wildlife drive unless they possess a pass authorizing free entrance.

The wildlife drive and associated facilities are open daily dawn to dusk. Walking and biking along the wildlife drive is permitted. The careful observer will see a variety of plants and animals along the drive.

You can pick up a self guided eagle tour map and a wildlife drive map at the visitors center. 
Over 30 bald eagle nests can be found on Blackwater Refuge and some nests have a cameral on them. You can check this out at and watch the eagles. Blackwater Refuge is located at 2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge, MD 21613. 

Each time I go I see something different. This is a great place to take children.

The Plant Lady ~ Linda

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Philadelphia Flower Show

I went to the British-themed 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show,  “Brilliant!” It was held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center March 2-10.  It spotlighted British gardens, landscapes, and London.

The scent of Roses welcomed me at the Royal palace gates which led to the shows centerpiece: a sculptural, digitally enhanced rendition of Big Ben, featuring a light and sound show every hour.

Exhibitors brought in thousands of flowers, potted-up shrubs, and many trees. Contractors constructed displays with lumber, stone work, lighting, and effects, and plumbing for fountains and waterfalls. The displays were magnificent. They celebrated Britain’s amazing landscapes and cultural icons.

I explored Britain’s culture, from the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, sunny cottage gardens to foggy London streetscapes, and the music of the Beatles.

With more than 180 vendors in the Marketplace, it was easy to find that special something.  I purchased a hat and an apron. Booths are open during Show hours. 

Proceeds from the show benefit the year-round community greening programs of PHS, including PHS City Harvest, the innovative program that provides fresh produce for more than 1,000 families in need during the growing season.

The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show is the nations largest indoor flower show, which blooms every March at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The show features the country’s premier landscape designers and florists, who turn 10 acres of the Convention Center into a floral fantasy world with beautiful plants and cutting-edge designs.

I had a “Brilliant” time!

The Plant Lady ~ Linda

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Women in Agriculture Conference

The 12th Annual Regional Women In Agriculture Conference was held February 25-26, 2013 at the Dover Downs Hotel in Dover, Delaware. This was the first time for me to attend this event. 

 Upon arrival I was greeted by friendly ladies and enjoyed a nice breakfast. 

Julie DeYoung, spokesperson for Perdue Farms spoke on “Putting the Family Back into Farming - A Case Study in Reshaping the Image of Modern Agriculture”. She was joined by a panel of three farmers.

 Dover Downs served a great lunch probably the best I ever had at a conference. The hardest part was choosing which dessert to try. I went with the cheesecake and a slice of chocolate cake. 

There was several workshops to sit in during the day to learn about risk management.

The second day, Dover Downs served us a nice hot breakfast to get us going. More workshops were available to attend. Adams Fruit Market is committed to food safety so without question I chose the Food Safety GAPs workshop. Meredith Melendez from Rutgers, spoke on farm food safety. 

I also attended the workshop titled Attracting Songbirds given by Brent Marsh. He was an entertaining speaker and talked a lot about insects. He said if we want to attract song birds then we need insects for them to eat. I won the book Bringing Nature Home by Douglas W. Tallamy. I can’t wait to read it.

Closing remarks was given by Ed Kee, Delaware Secretary of Agriculture. He talked about the Changing Times of Agriculture. 

This conference was a relaxed learning experience with keynote speakers, formal presentations and the opportunity to network with other farm women like myself.
Hats off to the planning committee for a great job!  I had a wonderful time and I am looking forward to next year’s conference.

The Plant Lady ~ Linda

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Beach Day and Healthy Eating

I had a free day so my husband and I want to Assateague State Park. It is just a little drive past Ocean City, MD. 
Wow the day was very windy and foggy.

 I love this time of year because it is peaceful but it was too windy to walk the beach.

We did see one horse up close and he was nice to let me take his picture.

From a distance we saw about six more horses.

Inside the visitors center we watch a movie about the horses living at the park.

I enjoyed the day and we ate at a local restaruant on the way home.
Assateague is a nice park to spend the day hopefully next time it will not be as windy.

Since this is Adams Fruit Market’s blog let me share some reasons to eat fruit...
  • Apples help your body develop resistance against infections.
  • Bananas are great for athletes because they give you energy.
  • Blueberries protect your heart.
  • Cherries help calm your nervous system.
  • Grapes relax your blood vessels.
  • Kiwi increases bone mass.
  • Mangos protect against several kinds of cancer.
  • Oranges help maintain great skin and vision.
  • Peaches are rich in potassium, fluoride, and iron.
  • Pineapples help fight arthritis.
  • Strawberries can potentially fight against cancer and aging.
  • Watermelon helps control your heart rate.

Fruit is a great snack to take to the beach.

Have a great day and eat fruit,
The Plant Lady ~ Linda