Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, March 13, 2009

A cheery "hello" at the garden gates

The gate to the back garden has a living wreath on it which goes from pansies in spring to herbs in summer. A long ago project, making the living wreath, it has continued to be hung first on the back door and finally, when we had a garden gate, on the gate itself.
Not all are pansies for the little flowers are violas, pansy's cousin. On the day that we took pictures, we found a fairy had taken residence among the pansies and violas in the wreath on the garden gate! We did tiptoe as we took pictures. We didn't want to disturb the fairy!
The wreath is easy to do once you have a metal wreath form. With moss lining the wreath and then filled with dirt, you poke holes in and plant the plants. A good water often is necessary because the wreath is shallower than a garden pot.

The side garden, the secret garden, the garden of flowers rather than herbs, has a basket hung on it's garden gate. A wire basket which I lined with moss and then filled with dirt. Pansies were planted last weekend. A way to say "hello" to those who enter this, my secret garden.
I loved the mauve color of these pansies and they seem to be right at home in the basket hung on the garden gate. Nothing like a big smile greeting you as you enter the garden.


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh, I love that living wreath, and your gate is so pretty too. It just says "welcome" in the nicest way. I really want to try to make one of those wreaths. Thank you for sharing it. laurie

Sophia Lee said...

wow. I would love to live there surrounded by all these beautiful flowers.

Susan @ The Good Life! said...

I love that idea for my gate! I am always looking for new garden ideas! Thanks!

Toad said...

Stunning as usual. I am awed.

Anonymous said...

I love the idea for the gate......I also have an iron gate on one side of the house. I might steal your idea. Your blog is great!!!