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5 Birds That Help Protect Your Garden

We all know that birds add beauty and intrigue to our garden; that’s exactly why we add bird feeders and houses to our yards in the first place, but the truth is that the benefits the feathered creatures bring go far beyond aesthetic appeal. Birds play a great role in preventing insects from eating and [...]

Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park & Eco Center

Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park is a fascinating world of birds There are more than two thousand birds from six continents in Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park located in Scotland Neck in eastern North Carolina. It is truly a bird watcher's paradise!  In fact, it features the largest collection of waterfowl in the world.  Founder Mike Lubbock [...]

Great Backyard Bird Count – At Big Mill B&B Farm

Bird lovers everywhere will join in the 2013 Great Backyard Bird Count on February 15 - 18th (Photo by Guy Livesay) We love the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. It's easy to participate and it helps the birds. You sign up on the website and agree to count birds for at least 15 minutes on [...]

Spinning & Raising Sheep on the Pamlico River

In another life, I had sheep in my yard. Remember the sixties? Chloe, Maggie Belle & Yorick (photo by Peter Galuszka) I didn't have a lawn mower and I really did believe that the sheep would groom my yard. I needed the fleeces - I was working on my master's degree in fibers - spinning [...]

Hand Drawn Map of Big Mill B&B

I love our new hand-drawn B&B farm map - made just for Big Mill Lydia at Hand-Drawn Maps is a very talented English artist and she has drawn a map just for Big Mill B&B and the farm. I love the outbuildings here on the farm - they are almost 100 years old. We have [...]

High Cotton in Eastern North Carolina

High Cotton in the antebellum South meant that the cotton was high, prices were good and all was well on the plantation. Yep, we're in High Cotton on the farm here at Big Mill Bed and Breakfast this year. Right outside my kitchen window the cotton is as high as I can remember. My brother [...]

Chloe’s Fragrance Garden at Big Mill Bed & Breakfast

Late summer evenings in Big Mill B&B's garden are filled with sweet scents Photo by Chloe Tuttle The show begins in the afternoon at 5 o'clock, when the Four O'clocks start blooming. They are an old flower that my mother and grandmother raised and shared with their friends. It is a wonderful plant and each [...]

Night Blooming Flowers in the Gardens at Big Mill

Our Evening Primrose, wildflower and beautiful King's cure-all, is often considered a weed Evening Primrose photo by Chloe Tuttle But here at Big Mill Bed & Breakfast, Evening Primrose is glorified, photographed, written about and touted as entertainer - watching it bloom is a great way to spend an evening in the garden. Take a [...]

Spiderwort – Edible flower in the Big Mill Garden

Spiderwort - Big Mill's "Canary in the coal mine" This wonderful blue flower that grows in my eastern North Carolina garden is Spiderwort (Tradescantia). Each day in spring and early summer I am greeted with the vibrant blue of these odd beauties. Then about noon, they close. My mother loved these flowers - hence, so [...]

Hummingbirds at Big Mill : A Bird’s Eye View

Just settle into the hammock or in a swing on the farm at Big Mill and wait .... but not for very long. Yes, you'll have to wind down and be still and quiet - but you will be well-rewarded. Soon, right before your eyes, the birds start singing and hop out of their hiding [...]