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, July 28, 2009

The Ferns of Linderhof

Boston ferns hanging from the portico and on the porch are a long standing tradition at Linderhof. Started by then Mistress of Linderhof, Ruth, who was given a 100 year old Boston fern which graced the front porch during the summer and the dining room during the winter.

We didn't buy Linderhof from Ruth and her husband, but I did get acquainted with her through a mutual friend and she, like me, had an "Affair With A House" -- the house she called 1208 and that we call Linderhof.

Through correspondence, I found out about the ferns and since then, Boston ferns have been part of Linderhof as they were when this old house was known as 1208.

Two hang each summer from the portico. This year's specimen's are big and beautiful and will definitely be brought inside for the winter.

Boston ferns are easy to grow outside on the prairie -- it's the winter inside that's a bit trickier.

One is usually purchased for the front porch as well. A great plant stand by the front door is the perfect place for another Boston. Alas, I think of it as I do the summer annuals. It's a summer adornment only.

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Blue Creek Home said...

Those are some healthy looking ferns.
I love traditions.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very Pretty! I have 5 large ferns and dread when I lose them when it gets cold again, but I have never had any luck keeping them thru the Winter.

ellen b said...

I love Boston Ferns!! Happy O.W. to you!

Lori E said...

I have tried and failed throughout the years with ferns. Indoors, outdoors, no matter they croak.

susan said...

Martha- I envy your ferns! I have never been able to have such big ones! I don't have a good place to keep mine so I just replace them, but I would try if they were that size!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

What a beautiful tradition for your gorgeous historic home! I love ferns, and try to winter mine over every year, even in Dallas. I think they miss the sun, so I hope to do better this year to move them around.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh your boston ferns are abosolutely beautiful. Love them on the porch. So huge. I had a large on hanging on my porch. One day I came home from work, and it was totally gone. Someone had passed by and plucked it right off the porch. It was so upsetting. I did not replace it with anything out front. Now we have a gated area. Safety in the big city. Thanks for sharing. Country Hugs, Sherry

Mary said...

Hi Martha,
What beautiful ferns!
So lush and green!
I really like how youdisplay them.
Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

Lori said...

What very pretty ferns... Mine are not doing as well as yours... Happy OW...

Nancy Yoakum said...

Thos are the healiest looking ferns I've ever seen! They must been getting alot of love by the owners :) They are beautiful and such a nice rich, healthy green!
Just lovely, thanks for sharing!



Unknown said...

Beautiful ferns!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

How lovely the ferns are at Linderhof, they are outstanding!.
I love your post on Victorian homes and naked lady pink flowers, I have not seen these flowers since I was a little girl. My Grandma use to grow them in her yard, your post brought me back to a special memory of her.
Your tomatoes are just the perfect color red and look so yummy.
Take care and enjoy your day at Linderhof.

Regina said...

I like ferns. Nice shots.
Happy outdoor.

Mary @ Framed and Tagged said...

Love your ferns!! I only have one but so far it's doing pretty good.

Happy OW!!

Southerncook said...


I love ferns too and they seem to be the perfect adornment for an older house. Mine isn't as old as yours nor does it have that lovely history that you wrote about but it has become "My Affair With A House" as well.

Your ferns are beautiful on your portico and your front porch. I was charmed by the story as always.


Deanna said...

Your ferns are lovely and how great they look at your home!

Bill said...

Hi Martha, Your ferns look very happy, and the ivy provides a wonderful backdrop for them! I also enjoyed your tomato post ... great picture, and the recipe sounds delicious. Now about your "naked ladies and painted ladies" post ...
Martha, that's one very titillating title!
You can imagine my relief when I realized your post was g-rated!

Always enjoy your blog, and appreciate your visits and comments.

Bye for now,

Mary Bergfeld said...

The ferns are a perfect addition to Linderhof. They look huge. Humidity or lack there of is a problem for ferns in the winter. Misting helps a little - a very little :-).

Shellbelle said...

On Saturday, I inherited a Boston fern from my daughter who has tried to kill the poor thing for several years. I hope I can bring it back and hope that it will someday look as majestic as yours!

Judy said...

Beautiful ferns, beautiful photos. I love seeing all parts of your home and gardens.

Linda said...

Ferns are the perfect choice for your house--it is so warm and charming and inviting.

I will be interested to read how you winter your ferns. I was just looking at mine today and wondering if I dare bring it in--I'm afraid there will be bugs (ugh) or ants inside the pot.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

They are so beautiful and stately, I think. Perfect for Linderhof.


Unknown said...

I hope you will stop by Dining With Debbie with your favorite Crock Pot Wednesday entry. Misty Linky is up and waiting for you. The first of the giveaways for the inaugural event is posted.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Those ferns are so lush and pretty. I wish I had a place to over-winter some plants - especially if they look as pretty as your ferns. laurie