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, March 5, 2011

Reprise -- A Cheery Hello At The Garden Gates

Friday, it seemed like Spring!!!! But Saturday winter reared it's ugly head again! Cold and dreary and though wet, it was rain instead of snow! I was hoping that pansies would be coming home with me from a visit to the city, but alas, that didn't happen.

And so, except for the pansies I planted last winter (which do bloom when the temperature warms), the planters remain in their winter mode at least for a while longer.

But I can enjoy posts of days gone by . . . and this post from March 13, 2009, brings a smile to my face.

Pansies in the garden . . . and on the gates!!!

It's Sunday and I'm joining Chari at Happy to Design for Sunday Favorites.

I hope, soon, that I can post about the 2011 pansies!

The gate to the back garden has a living wreath on it which goes from pansies in spring to herbs in summer. A long ago project, making the living wreath, it has continued to be hung first on the back door and finally, when we had a garden gate, on the gate itself.
Not all are pansies for the little flowers are violas, pansy's cousin. On the day that we took pictures, we found a fairy had taken residence among the pansies and violas in the wreath on the garden gate! We did tiptoe as we took pictures. We didn't want to disturb the fairy!
The wreath is easy to do once you have a metal wreath form. With moss lining the wreath and then filled with dirt, you poke holes in and plant the plants. A good water often is necessary because the wreath is shallower than a garden pot.

The side garden, the secret garden, the garden of flowers rather than herbs, has a basket hung on it's garden gate. A wire basket which I lined with moss and then filled with dirt. Pansies were planted last weekend. A way to say "hello" to those who enter this, my secret garden.
I loved the mauve color of these pansies and they seem to be right at home in the basket hung on the garden gate. Nothing like a big smile greeting you as you enter the garden.


Southerncook said...

Hopefully soon you will be able to plant more pansies. I have been enjoying mine and will post some pics soon. I know that Spring must be close soon for y'all as well. I say that and we are going down into the mid 30's come Monday morning??? YIKES!!! I am praying that all my newly planted "stuff" doesn't get knocked back. Most everything I have planted though can endure some colder temps so I think it will be okay. Keeping fingers crossed.


Blondie's Journal said...

I love the pretty wreath and did a wonderful job with them, Martha. I hope soon you will be able to plant more pansies and violas, they are some of my very favorites!

Rain and snow here in the upper Midwest. Ugh!


podso said...

Pansies are our winter flowers here in the southeast and right now they are flourishing with the warmer temperatures though they live through whatever kind of winter we have. In another month we'll have to bid them farewell. I really like your garden gate live wreath.

acorn hollow said...

I love it. I can not wait to be able to plant.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

my pansies are out there in the front bed just waiting for it to get warm enough to bloom. I love the mauve ones so much, that is usually what I have alot of!

On Crooked Creek said...

I know it's too early to start putting out real flowers. . .but I'm ready for some pansies, daffodils, tulips. . .anything growing and green. Today at the Marketplace were shamrock plants. Green! Soon, I keep telling myself. . .be patient. Thank you for this lovely "sneak peek" of your garden!

cj said...

Just found your site, very lovely. Please tell Oliver that a corgi is now "first dog" . His name is Sutter and he belongs to the Governor of California. He walks to the Capitol every day and charms all the politicians.

Carol at Serendipity said...


The wreath is beautiful. Pansies are a favorite. Occasionally I try to find them here in Florida but I have not had much luck. I like to decorate a dessert of a salad with them too. I did find candied violas on line.

Have a great week.


Ben said...

Beautiful and tasteful as always. Martha, you have a gift! Thank you for sharing these.


william said...

Martha, I really don't understand why, but the pansies I planted 2 weeks ago have been thriving in spite of the cold weather. I got them at Lowe's here in Springfield. I think we might be just that crucial little bit warmer than you are. Your pictures from last year brought a smile to me also! What beautiful hanging arrangements!


Pondside said...

I remember that lovely wreath - we're lacking colour here by the ponds, too.

Unknown said...

I love your living wreath. My pansies don't seem to make year round but do have some violas maybe I'll try it with. I made a living wreath with Sedums and love it. Plan on making more but think I'll add some flowers like yours.

Slice of Pie said...

Love that wreath! Still a little cold here to do much outside ... but cannot wait! I have big plans for my flower bed in the front yard! Thanks for sharing.

Lori E said...

Pansies and violas are one of the best flowers ever in my opinion. So tough and so pretty at the same time. I just love them.
Every year I do planters of a mix of black violas and white ones. The black ones are just so interesting and the white makes them pop even more.
Your living wreath is so nice. I am sure I would never remember to water it enough.

Lottie said...

LOVE the idea of the living wreath!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

My friend, I remember this sweet post...your pretty pansies certainly made an impression with me! I just love how you fashioned a wreath using looks sooo pretty hanging on your garden gate! Thank you so much for sharing this sweet post with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party this was a real treat, my friend!

Yes...we are still experiencing cold weather here in Colorado as well! I'm sooo ready for spring! I have several large flower pots that I'm just "itching" to plant and bring some welcomed color to my veranda!

Have a super Sunday, my friend!
Chari @Happy To Design