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.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Reprise -- The September Herb Garden

This was originally posted on September 15, 2009. The summer of 2009 was much kinder to the garden than the summer of 2010. The garden this September is parched and things (even with over 5 inches of rain last week) still have that "dry" look about them.

Thus, last year's garden was much prettier than this year's.

I like the lushness of the September herb garden. Some of the herbs have been harvested but with our cooler summer and plenty of rain, they have grown in leaps and bounds again. And this year we may get a second harvest.

Since there is always "thyme" in the herb garden, a nice planting surrounds the armillary sundial.
And a favorite place to sit in the garden is under the pergola. The wisteria is growing nicely up the columns and soon will reach the top to create a shady nook for a warm sunny day.

Soon a pot or two of mums will be under the pergola as well as a pumpkin or two. A bit of fall in the garden.

Soon, too, the tender herbs will be brought in to the breakfast room to winter over -- the bay and the lemon verbena.

I enjoy the spring garden but I think my favorite month for the herb garden is September.

Please join Susan at A Southern Daydreamer and see what others are doing this Outdoor Wednesday.

It's Sunday which means that I'm joining Chari at Happy to Design for Sunday Favorites. For the herb garden last September was definitely a favorite. But I'm also joining Seasonal Sunday with The Tablescaper for the Herb Garden is in it's fall lushness.


Anonymous said...

Martha, Your herb garden is beautiful. I'm still loving your house too!

The Charm of Home said...

This is just beautiful! I would love to spend time in this garden. What a wonderful and useful space.

Troy said...

I look at that garden and want to grab my scissors and some cookie sheets and go to work.

What a beautiful herb garden, and I imagine that sitting out there on a mild afternoon, right after a rain storm smells a little bit like heaven.

Lynn said...

Beautiful shots and gardens! This was such a disappointing gardening year, never saw it so dry!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Good Morning, Martha...

I love all the gardens at Linderhof! Ohhh...your pergola is fabulous and will be even more beautiful with the wisteria growing all over it! Thank you for sharing it with us today for Sunday Favorites!!!

Warmest Labor Day wishes!!!
Chari @Happy To Design

A 2 Z said...

Hi Martha,

Same here! I usually have beautiful flowers in September but it all looks like the desert this year. Its very slim pickings! Thanks for reposting.


Maggie said...

Your garden is beautiful, so peaceful & serene looking.

The Tablescaper said...


It's so nice to have you with us at Seasonal Sundays. I'm not a huge gardener (used to be but life kind of got in the way) but I always have to have my herbs. Your herb garden is glorious - this year or last.

- The Tablescaper

Susie A. said...

I love your herb garden. I remember how wonderful it was on the last garden tour. I have a few herbs left in my garden...purple basil, lavendar, and pineapple sage... I've been considering making herb jelly. Ever done this? Could it be used for anything other than on toasts, etc.? Thanks for the input.

Martha said...

Herb jellies are wonderful!!! And yes, they can be used for things other than breakfast toast -- thumbprint cookies, to glaze meats and poultry, as an appetizer on bruchetta with a cheese and perhaps some onion.

And don't forget herbal vinegars!

GardenOfDaisies said...

I love growing herbs! Maybe because no matter what I do, or don't do, they just grow like crazy! :-)
I wanted to tell you that a few years ago our family did do the tour of SE Kansas... Big Brutus, Little House, Historic Fort Scott, Dalton Gang, etc... I should get those photos out and scan them in and do a post. It was such a fun trip.