Come Spring, the outdoors is a lot more fun. The world is greening up, pots are being filled with cool annuals and perennials. Join Susan at A Southern Daydreamer, for Outdoor Wednesday. It's fun to see what the outdoors is around the country.
Last Wednesday, friend Sally and I headed north to my favorite garden store, Red Cedar Gardens just a mere hour away from Linderhof. Along with us was a pot for Sally and two pots for me -- it was Red Cedar's "Plant a Pot" class and we were eager to fill the pots with spring flowers under Ricki's expert guidance.
My two pots were twins, cast iron pots that are in the herb gardens at Linderhof. And since the pots were twins, the plants had to be as well.
In the center a lamb's ear. It is sometimes considered an herb and I love the fuzzy greyish green foiliage. On either side purply blue pansies. Not an herb but they are edible. And we love pansies at Linderhof. The outside of the pot was filled with two varieties of creeping thyme that should fall over the pot rim and a cascading oregano that should do the same. The pansies will be replaced come summer with marigolds -- again not herbs but definitely edible.
The pot, in place, in the herb garden -- surrounded by lavender and sage.
And who can resist primroses? I would love to have a primrose path, but alas, the prairie gets too hot in July and August for primroses. These will grace my garden during spring and then come summer will be brought inside to "summer" and "winter" over in the breakfast room.
A whim of a purchase is this rabbit topiary form. Planted with thyme and I think that it will be perfect in the "fountain of thyme" bed in the center of the herb garden. But first, it will be the centerpiece for a mother/daughter luncheon that I'm doing in May.
I love watching Linderhof's garden green up. The daffodils are now gone but the tulips are abloom. Some of the lettuces are growing well in pots and soon we will have a lettuce harvest. Plans are being scribbled on napkins and newspapers as to plantings in these pots when the lettuces are gone.
We've moved a few plants in the herb garden and can't wait until it's warm enough to plant the basil and tomatoes.
We've got bags of daylilies to plant and hopefully will get that chore done this week.
We've signed up for a couple of other classes at Red Cedar and can hardly wait for it is just a fun place to be!
We love to be outside in the spring, planting and planning. It's nice to see bloom after the bareness of winter.