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 2, 2009

A Succulent Wreath

It's Wednesday when we all go outdoors. Stop by and visit Susan at A Southern Daydreamer and see what everyone is doing outside.

At Linderhof, the pansies are fading with the heat. One of my favorite flowers, their blooms are all too fleeting but I do enjoy their spring presence. I love to take my living wreath and make a wreath of pansies.
Which lasts from early March until just after Memorial Day -- with the rain we had in May, it filled out nicely but the heat of the last few days took it's toll. It's a cheery way to welcome guests to the garden -- the living wreath on the garden gate.

Usually, I replace the pansies with herbs but this year I found the most amazing wreath on Color Outside the Lines. I love Artie's blog and this post about GinC garden including the succulent wreath made me rethink my herbal one.

Off to the garden center I went for a nice array of succulents.
With the pansies removed and fresh moss, I made my own version of Gary's wreath. Not as good as the one Gary made and I may go back for a few more things.
With a burro's tail as a sort of bow, some hens and chicks and sedums and the background of moss, I think the colors and textures make for an interesting wreath. Living wreaths, too, normally take a lot of water so I'm hoping that the succulents will not need a drink nearly as often as the herbs did.
But I think it looks great on the garden gate as a way to welcome visitors to Linderhof's garden.


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Martha, that is a wonderful wreath! And I love all of your succulents. Very wonderful plants. They have such a unique, almost architectural or sculptural quality.

Happy Outdoor Wednesday...


Sheila :-)

Mary Bergfeld said...

Martha, what a beautiful wreath. I have only done a little work with the succulents, but I think you've inspired me. Have a wonderful day.

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Martha!Ilove your wreath! I may have to try to make one... it is very inviting!
Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

Simply Debbie said...

martha stewart has nothing over you MARTHA....
Happy Outdoor Wednesday....I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE YOUR WREATH. That is totally awesome.
I think I may have to try and make one of these, because I love succulents.
This is my first time to your blog but I will be back to read more when I have more time.
hugs and blessings

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

Our pansies are just beginning to show signs they don't like the daytime heat but it's still cool at night so they're hanging on. I always hate to take them out. I love the wreath idea.

Nancy Yoakum said...

Very creative and you still get to have a green fix!

Bumble Bee Cottage said...

Hi Martha, you succulent wreath looks fabulous and it won’t mind the heat one bit.

Barb said...

Hi Martha, love it all especially the wreath! Happy Outdoor Wednesday.


niartist said...

It's beautiful! You did such a great job! :) I know that Gary will be so happy with your version. He's great inspiration - as are you!

Natalie Meester said...

I made an herbal one probably 15 years ago and it was hard to remember to water it! I had it hanging on my garden gate. I love the ideas using succulents.

I may have to give it a go again!

Happy Summer,


Herbgirl said...

I'm so glad you visited so I could find yours! What an awesome blog. I love your house and gardens and will come back when I can spend more time checking out all your posts.
Thanks and Herbal Blessings,

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Your wreath is wonderful, Martha! I've always wanted to do something like this.

Lynn said...

I love your wreath!
I'm going to try it now.

Joyce said...

What a pretty idea and I like the fact that you do not have to water it all the time.

Kathleen said...

Oh that is lovely and a great idea. What a nice welcome to your home!

Unknown said...

I love how you did that wreath. Your pictures are awesome

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

It is lovely! I adore pansies but succulents are high on the list also! Beautiful wreath!

Blondie's Journal said...


I think the succelent wreath came out very nicely. I like the idea of a living wreath and I am wondering if I missed one of your posts concerning how to make one.

Your new wreath looks very handsome on your gate. A very nice welcome!


imjacobsmom said...

Your wreath looks great! I make one every summer. I haven't done one yet, but I'll post one when I do. ~ Robyn

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I love it!