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.

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Back Garden Pots

A long ago estate sale find, these garden pots are one of my favorites at Linderhof. Not cast iron but cast aluminum, I'm sure they were from the 60's. I have embraced these pots, warts and all, and now they grace the back garden.

Having first been used in the front (on either side of the "Linderhof" sign and then at the top of the front stairs just before you get to the house, they were moved to the back garden years ago.
They were the centerpiece of two of my herb beds, but with the purchase of two tuteurs, the pots became the "welcoming" pots on either side of the arbor which leads to the herb garden.

And they are seasonal in nature -- the greens of Christmas were removed and the pots were emptied of dirt and then trekked up to Red Cedar for Friend Sally and my annual Spring ritual of -- Plant a Pot.

I'm pleased with these pots this spring. . .

For the one on the left has two varieties of thyme, a muscari (which will get planted to the "real" garden when it finishes bloom, and violas.

While the one on the left has moss, the prettiest pansy I've ever seen, some golden oregano and two varieties of thyme.

I've normally planted "twins" but this year, there was only one of those pansies. And I had to have it and so, throwing caution to the wind, I planted the pots differently!

The violas and muscari are spring -- while the thymes will continue to grow this summer. When hot weather hits the prairie, the pansies will be pulled and a summer annual inserted. The muscari will join fellow muscari in the herb garden.

A fairy in among the thyme, moss, oregano and the pansy. Purchased several years ago at J'Adore in Brookside -- a favorite shop. She's now "aged" with rust but I like that -- and the rusty fairy goes well with the aged pots!

The pansy will be replaced by a summer annual. I'm not sure about the moss -- whether it will weather the summer on the prairie or not. If not, another summer annual will take it's place.

The pots say "welcome" -- not only to the herb garden but to Spring!

To all those who enter Linderhof's back garden --

I am a pot "junkie" and am always looking for interesting pots for the garden. These are definitely favorites at Linderhof. It's Saturday and time to share Favorite Things with Laurie at Bargain Hunting With Laurie. Please visit and see what other favorites there are!


Karena said...

Martha these are truly beautiful pots and I love the plantings you have chosen!

Art by Karena

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Beautiful pots and flowers, love the variety!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Those are great! I'm guessing each is one piece meaning the pot is attached to the column? The fairy is cute! I'm on the look out for the perfect planters I can leave outside all year for our front entrance. Keeping my eyes open for something great like you've found.

Bernideen said...

I feel I can smell them - lovely!

acorn hollow said...

I love pots in the garden you can move them around when you need a spot of color. I can not wait to plant all of my pots they are under the snow right now.
I have never see a pansy like that love it

Martha said...

Actually, they are two pieces -- the pot comes off the stand -- which is good when I have to take them to KC to plant! They're not that heavy either!

On Crooked Creek said...

Your pots are gorgeous and I adore the different, yet complimentary plantings. Like you, that pansy is lovely. I only wish they'd had two for you! Remember "Mr. Ed" telling you he had pulled all the mint and that would be the end of it? I was out doors today. Guess who's W R O N G? The mint is abounding On Crooked Creek. The size is perfect for a mint julip or ice tea! Are you smiling?

Lynn said...

I agree that pansy is just beautiful, glad you found it-enjoy:@)

Southerncook said...

I love those two pots and think the way you have planted them is perfect. That pansy is the most unusual I have seen and I haven't seen it here at all. How interesting, absolutely gorgeous.


Pondside said...

Isn't it fun to freshen-up pots after a long winter? Mine are still full of ivy and cedar boughs - it's time!

Fishtail Cottage said...

BEAUTIFUL! Blog hopping through garden parties and came across your...lovely and charming! i host a garden party on Thursday's & would love for you to link up sometime! Aloways love to meet new gardeners. oxox, Tracie

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

gorgeous! Those were a great find. and your right about the pansy, I know pansies but have never seen one like that! thanks for sharing. and enjoy the pretty view!


I love those clumn and pots, they look attached? Beautiful part of your garden and the plantings you've chosed! Spring is here in your neck of the wood?

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

I can see why these pots are favorites! They are wonderful. What a wonderful estate sale find they were. You are right ~ that is absolutely the most gorgeous pansy I've ever seen. Thanks so much for linking to Favorite Things. laurie

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