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, April 24, 2012

Grandpa's Trowel

Today I went to Tri Valley where friend Barbara is in charge of the horticultural program there.     Each year she raises a few plants to sell to help fund her program.    Her plants are always the best (for for years she ran our local Florist and Greenhouse, as did her parents before her) and I'm always eager for her sale.

My haul?    Two big pots of pink begonias that I always put in one of my planters.     And

White salvia, a tomato (a free gift) and seven basil plants.

On the stairs and ready for planting.     And my planting tool of choice?

Grandpa's trowel.    Husband Jim's Dad welded the trowel when Jim was small.    When his mother passed away a couple of years ago, the trowel was part of his inheritance.    It's a trowel with a good weight and there is no way that the handle will split or snap off!    It's a trowel made to last!

The perfect tool to dig holes for my newly acquired plants.    The white salvia in the patio bed -- which is full of perennials.    These should fill the bed with bloom when the perennials are not blooming!   Adding a bit of color all summer.

The begonias -- in an old concrete planter -- as we've done for the past five years or so.

It is beginning to look like a garden at Linderhof.    With pots getting filled and annuals being planted in the garden.    

The basil is always the last to go in -- it doesn't like cold and so we make sure that the spring chill is gone before we plant our basil.     The bonus!    I cut them back a bit and so we have our first fresh garden basil in the kitchen.     A simple pasta with roasted grape tomatoes and a shower of basil and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.  

It's Wednesday and I'm sharing my time in the garden with Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.

It truly was a beautiful day on the prairie and I always enjoy spending a whole day in the garden!    Ollie kept me company as he always does when I'm in the garden!


podso said...

That trowel looks so sturdy. They sure don't make them to last anymore. Its fun to have a usable keepsake!

lindaraxa said...

White salvia would be great for my perennial garden also. Have not seen it around...always the red. but now I know what to look for!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Grandpa's trowel is a nice keepsake and very useful!

I have to wait till after Mother's Day to plant basil and annual flowers as we can still experience frost here in NY.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

The trowel is great. So nice to have a usable heirloom. I'm with you on the basil. Too iffy still to plant it. Nice to have in the house.


Lovely blog, I just bought some basil today, its a little too early to plant it here in WI, I noticed you have homes in Wiltshire and the Cotswolds, are you originally from England?

Rowan said...

How lovely to have a trowel with so much history. No gardening here today, it's raining yet again:(

anemonen said...

Grandpa´s trowel must be a very helpful thing and you must use it with care.

Jenn said...

That does looks like beautiful basil!

Jenn said...

That does looks like beautiful basil!