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Outdoor Christmas Decorating Ideas

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A Mid-Atlantic Organic Garden

Country Gardens magazine photographed the organic garden of Anne Raver in central Maryland. See pictures of her history-filled farm and get tips from this gifted garden writer.


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    • Maryland Farmhouse

      Ancient boxwoods line the front walk to the original 1901-1903 farmhouse built on land that's been in Anne Raver's family since 1795. "All of the outbuildings are filled with family things," Anne says, "from wooden carts and plows to hoes and iron frying pans."

    • Cool Green Door

      A pistachio-green Dutch door opens into the former horse stalls in the lowest level of the barn. In the old haymow above, Anne and her partner Rock built a loftlike apartment.

    • Country Vista

      A bucolic view across rolling fields toward one of the many outbuildings on the 125 acres of Anne's property in central Maryland is just one of the lovely treats her farm offers.

    • Organic Edibles

      The view is delightful across Anne's organic vegetable garden toward the rustic walled garden in the old barnyard behind the barn. The walls of the rustic garden in the old barnyard were built by Anne's grandfather from stones he pulled from the fields with a horse and mule. Anne harvests fresh salad greens all year long from her cold frame.

    • Pea-Picking Time

      Succulent peas ripe for the picking scramble toward the sun. Anne's guests are welcome to pick the peas, basil, and the rhubarb.

    • Come and Get It!

      This rusty iron bell was a gift from Anne's sister and probably was once rung to let farmhands know that dinner was being served; today Anne lures guests to her table with local crab, homemade pesto, and rhubarb pie with ice cream.

    • Take a Seat

      The perfect perch to survey the kitchen garden below, a pair of well-worn chairs -- as well as fragrant roses and butterfly bush -- invite visitors to pause and enjoy the view from the deck.

    • Stairway to Heaven

      Scrapple -- Anne's mouser -- poses beside a favorite metal loveseat purchased at a yard sale on Long Island many years ago and a pot of blooming agapanthus. That's wild grape climbing the stairway toward the kitchen deck.

    • Pretty Poppies

      Dried seed heads of bread poppies (Papaver somniferum) reveal their architectural beauty in the late afternoon sun. Save poppy seeds to sow in late winter right where you want them to grow in the garden.

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      Pollinator Plant

      Coreopsis grandiflora 'Sunfire' produces an abundance of large, single yellow blooms with burgundy-red centers; it grows best in full sun and reaches about 2 feet in height.

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      Healthy Garden Practice

      An organic gardener all of her life, Anne sprinkles cayenne pepper on her eggplant plants in an effort to thwart an attack from flea beetles.

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      Purple Poppy

      Bread poppy is useful and ornamental. It offers lovely purple papery petals and dried pods that are popular in flower arrangements. Use the seeds in baking.

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      Farmyard Salvage

      A still life of objects found around the barn and farmyard includes rusty garden implements, horseshoes, a wasp's nest, and terra-cotta pots filled with succulents.

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      Smile for the Camera

      Anne's beloved Wolfie cools off in a breezeway, smiling for photographer Rob Cardillo.

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      Blue Barn Door

      Holding pots of flowering plants ready for use in a photo shoot, a wooden wheelbarrow looks right at home in front of a hydrangea-blue barn door.

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      Anne and Rock

      Anne and her partner, Rock, enjoy walking the paths he mowed, following the deer trails that skirt the edge of a hedgerow or hayfield.

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      Garden Mouser

      Scrapple is ready for his close up atop his favorite metal loveseat in the kitchen garden.

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      15 Top Native Plants of the Northeast

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