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Ivy Hill: 1902 Greenspring Valley ‘Summer Estate’ For Sale: $1.8 Million


Hot House: 1230 Greenspring Valley Road, Lutherville, MD 21093


Wood frame, cottage-style country estate, circa 1902, with shingle roof. Seven bedrooms, four full, two half baths over 6,489 sq. ft. in good condition. Hilltop setting, with full-length sunroom and wrap around porch offering spectacular views of the Greenspring Valley. Grand entrance hall with fireplace and views through to porch. Large living room, sitting room, dining room and kitchen with butler’s pantry.  Library with fireplace and built in bookshelves. Original carved mantles, moldings, wainscoting, parquet floors. Central a/c, security system. Tree-lined drive with carriage house. Porte cochere and parking for several cars. On 6.03 acres total,  w/2.47 acres in conservation. $1.8 million 

Winter Sale at Halcyon House – Just 2 Days Left to Save!



Just 2 days left on this big winter sale!  Save 20-40% off your favorite things at Halcyon House.  Drive carefully, but we promise it’ll be warm and cozy when you get here.

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Advance Tickets on Sale Now – April 24th for Garden Festival at Ladew



Garden Festival at Ladew Topiary Gardens, now in its 7th year, has become the most anticipated rare plant, garden ornaments, and antiques sale in the region, featuring an exclusive collection of vendors from throughout the eastern seaboard.

The View from Halcyon Farm: What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?


I am completely and totally in shock at how fast 2014 has flown by! These back-to-back holidays, with all of the families and parties and visits are killer, so we try to have a low key New Year’s Eve. Who wants to be out driving around with all of the crazies on the road, anyway?

Actually, one of our traditions at Halcyon Farm is to have a quiet dinner at home. Jonathan’s an amazing cook and is happy to putter around the kitchen making a simple dinner. We toast with our favorite fizz, which, right now, is Domaines Ott.


It is a light and smooth sparkling wine which, we’ve found, goes with a range of foods. Or if we’re having something that demands a heartier wine, we’ll serve the Ott with cocktails or dessert.

The View from Halcyon Farm: Presenting Presents


Time’s running short now, and the pressure’s on to find a present for everyone on your list and then cross them off. That’s such a satisfying feeling, isn’t it?

If you are smart, you are buying things throughout the year as you see them, with a specific person in mind. But if you’re like us, you do that, but then you either forget that you’ve bought the gift, or forget where you’ve stashed it.


The object of giving a present is to take into consideration the recipient’s likes and interests. You can often get a hint of what the recipient wants by a close listen to the conversation – I am always cold; I lost my gloves; I love to snack just before bedtime; I can never find my keys/phone; I love to read; I love everything, as long as it’s jewelry!

At Halcyon House, we own the store and shop the store! We choose everything in the shop with friends and acquaintances in mind. We also think about the things that we like, and know that others will like them, too. So, come along as we do some shopping for our friends, in our shop.

The View from Halcyon Farm: Flowers to Light Up the Winter


Now that it’s almost December, things around Halcyon Farm really ramp up in preparation for Christmas and all its associated festivities.

One tradition at Halcyon House is to buy narcissus bulbs, also known as paperwhites, in bulk. When they bloom in about four to six weeks, they provide a much needed boost of brightness over the long days of deep winter.


Planting narcissus bulbs is simple – all you need is a container, and you can use anything from a tea cup to an antique cachepot to a pewter julep cup to a vase. At Ladew Gardens a few years ago, they used flat copper trays and put dozens of bulbs in them. It was fabulous.

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The View from Halcyon: Putting the Garden to Bed


Last week, we got our first big frost at the farm, and overnight, our garden was dead. The dahlias drooped, the tomatoes shriveled, the hasta turned to mush. A few plants are struggling to stay alive, like this hydrangea that clearly doesn’t know it’s supposed to have died back!

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But for all of that, there is still beauty in the garden.

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We have hundreds of dahlias and they are cut back and their roots, or tubers are saved to be replanted next year.

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At the end of August, we planted some cold weather crops like the kale and chard that are so good and so healthy. Our rainbow chard has the most beautiful stems which really do come in a variety of colors.

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If you have a small property, espaliering trees, or growing them against a flat surface, is a great way to have fruit trees without them taking up a lot of space. Ladew Gardens has some spectacular examples of this, including an apple tree trained into diamond shapes.

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Now comes the hard work. Everything is dug up and put into the compost heap to make “black gold” or super-enriched dirt for next year’s gardens. Before the ground freezes, we’ll turn over the gardens to refresh the soil and aerate it.

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We prune back the espaliered apple trees, to prevent both breakage during the winter, and airborne diseases which can affect fruit trees. Although there were apples, we didn’t get as many as we had anticipated.

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We will turn the garden over again in the spring, either by digging in by hand, or with the roto-tiller, which is much easier.

Even as we’re putting the garden to bed, we’re thinking about next year and planting our bulbs. We will plant several hundred tulip and daffodil bulbs and be delighted when they pop up next spring. We made the investment of a deer fence to surround the gardens after they feasted on all of our plantings one year. We know that we can plant pretty much anything and the deer won’t eat it – it’s worth the peace of mind.

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The fountains are turned off so the lines don’t freeze, and then they are drained. We keep them covered with screens because of the herons who like to eat our fish. It also keeps the leaves and other debris out of the water.

Every garden has its bones, the framework upon which the design is built, and with everything dead and leafless, the bones of the garden shine through. While the plants are still in place, it’s the time to make notes about which worked and which were duds. There are always some of each when you have a garden.

We are lucky enough to have a greenhouse where we can over-winter many of our plants, including our huge citrus trees, which keep us in limes for gin and tonics all summer long. We move the trees inside before there’s any chance of frost.

We dig up the figs, having learned a lesson last year when they were left outside for the winter, barely lived, and didn’t produce any fruit. We will let them go dormant, and then ball-and-burlap the root-ball for the winter.

Speaking of leaves, rake them up! Don’t leave them to blow into your neighbors’ yards. It’s great exercise and you can pile the leaves onto the compost heap. If you can run the lawn mower over them to break them into pieces, they’ll decompose more quickly and make better compost. You might mow the lawn one final time and collect all of the grass to add to the compost heap, too.

While it is sad to see the demise of the garden, we temper the sadness by searching all of the gorgeous garden catalogues to choose what we’ll have in the garden next spring.

Stay tuned for next week, when we’ll have our tips for Thanksgiving!

    The View from Halcyon Farm: Thinking of China


    There are worse things to be addicted to than china… there’s always China White. But our addiction to china is mostly harmless and isn’t going to bring down the kingdom, unless a shelf collapses. And it’s a good time to be thinking of china right now, with the holidays fast approaching.

    Halcyon Farm is filled with china of every shape, size and color! When you look at images of the house, you can usually see pieces of china peeking out at you.

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    Here, you can see our collection of “Farmer’s Arms” china, a uniquely English china, mostly from the 1800’s. The pieces have farmers, sheaves of wheat, plows, and other farming implements on them, and are often brightly painted.

    The View From Halcyon Farm: Collecting, Part II


    We wrote about collecting a few weeks ago, and since then, a new book on collecting has been published. The title is Collected: Living with the Things You Love, by Fritz Karch and Rebecca Robertson, both of whom worked for Martha Stewart–a major collector.

    One of the main premises in the book is that there are different types of collectors, and that’s certainly borne out by the people I know who collect!

    Are you a Seasonalist? Do you collect items solely by season? Is Christmas where you go crazy?