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This post was first published in May 2008. There are still garden gate wreaths at Linderhof as there are wreaths on our doors -- what better way to say welcome!
I hope you enjoy the reprise of this garden post -- and do drop by and visit Artie at Color Outside The Lines to see some other great gardens and Chari at Happy To Design to see other favorite posts.
We put wreaths on our doors to say welcome and what better way to say welcome to the garden that a wreath on a gate. But not just any wreath -- a true garden wreath.
The gate to the back garden -- the herb garden -- has a living wreath of thyme plants with an artemesia as a "bow" at the top. What better way to say "spend some thyme in the garden" that with a wreath of thyme.
They're easy to make with a metal wreath form, moss and dirt. Keep moist and the thyme plants will fill out the wreath. I've used three types of thyme -- creeping, French and English so the wreath will have different texture.
Since the side garden (or my secret garden as husband Jim calls it) is my garden of flowers, an old triangle metal hanging basket was used for one single Vista bubblegum petunia plant.
The process is the same -- the basket is lined with moss, then filled with dirt and the plant put in and then hung on the garden gate.
It's a way to say welcome and to let visitors know that this is a garden -- not just a "back yard"!
The petunia should grow and spill down the front of the basket.
It's an old fashioned flower garden and what better way to say welcome that with a basket of petunias!