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.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Gardens

It's Wednesday which means that Susan at A Southern Daydreamer is hosting Outdoor Wednesday.

We love to work in our gardens but this June we're in high gear as we ready our gardens for public viewing on June 20 and June 21. We're on the 2009 Secret Gardens Tour in our little town. We're one of six and we are excited about being on tour -- again.

In 1997, a friend and I decided to plan and chair a Garden Tour the following year and we named it Secret Gardens for so many gardens are in the back -- they're secret!

Linderhof's gardens certainly are -- big old trees, some liarope, pots of geraniums and ferns from the portico are our front garden. The back and side gardens are where the plants are -- where the herbs and flowers grow.

From the patio and past the fence is the herb garden. Iron iris bloom year round after the garden iris are gone.
Our breakfast room which looks out over the garden, more iron fencing and a small flower garden with anise hyssop (a herb) and false sunflower (which blooms most of the summer). And part of the arbor through which you have to pass on a brick path to go from patio to herb garden.
The patio looking into the pergola. The corner looks bare in this picture -- it's now the home of our potting shed which fills the corner nicely.


Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Martha! How exciting to have your garden on a tour! I hope you are able to go on the tour and take lots of photos!

Martha said...

On the Monday after the tour, we gardeners go on the tour -- as a group -- we start at one house, tour the garden and then she joins us and we visit the other gardens. It's a great way to end the tour.

Jadehollow said...

Good luck on your garden tour.. I'm sure your guests will be delighted with your garden and all your goodies.
Thanks for sharing.

stefanie said...

happy outdoor wednesday, thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures.good luck on your tour.

Blondie's Journal said...


This all sounds so exciting. I have been on a few home tours but never a garden tour. I bet it is a great time and a wonderful way to get inspiration. Hope to see more photos of your garden in the next few weeks!


Kammy said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday !
Your photots are lovely ! Thanks for sharing and have a great day !
Hugs ~ Kammy
p.s. this is my first Outdoor Wednesday - it is so much fun !

imjacobsmom said...

Martha, I love garden tours, we have quite a few in our area. I wish you were close by, your yard is just lovely and it would certainly be a fun stop. ~ Robyn

Southerncook said...

Your garden is looking just gorgeous. It will be the star of the garden tour I am sure.


Unknown said...

You have a beautiful garden/yard.

A garden tour sound wonderful.

niartist said...

Wonderful gardens Martha. I see you're getting some blooms. I don't know if I'm just hoping to hard for them, or if our weather really is playing pranks ... but I haven't seen any blooms yet - just lots and lots and lots of green! BRING ON THE SUNSHINE AND THE HEAT! My plants need it! LOL! We are in a garden walk here in July, so I'm hard at work putting together the little pieces. Hopefully it will be done and all set to go by then. HOPEFULLY! :)

Mary Bergfeld said...

Martha, your garden is looking really, really good. How thrilled you must have been to be selected for the tour. I know it's a lot of work but it is also an honor. Congratulations.

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I would buy a ticket. I love garden tours.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

What a wonderful idea. You are so right most people have the garden in the back. Thanks for sharing your photos.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I would love to take that garden tour!!

Happy Outdoor Wednesday, Martha!

Brenda Pruitt said...

I love local garden tours! Congratulations for being part of yours!

Crystal said...

Hi Martha,
Your garden is lovely. How exciting to be in a garden tour. Hope you have more photos to show from your tour.
Thanks for visiting me and leaving your sweet comment.

Anonymous said...

A secret garden! How I wish I can also see such beauties. Good thing you've thought of it. A lot of work and love must have really been put to these gardens.

Happy Outdoor Wednesday!