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.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

A Plant Sale

I've belonged to the Overland Park Arboretum for a long time and have longed to go to their annual plant sale but something always kept me from it.    But today, friend Sally and I had a chance to go!    Their plant list was online and my mouth watered over the choices of plants available.    The best thing, however, is that members get "first dibs" (and 10% off)  on Thursday afternoon before the sale opens to the public on Friday.

The plants under a big tent -- organized by category and the herbs were helpfully alphabetized (I bet whoever did that also alphabetizes their spice rack at home!)

And tables full of hanging baskets.

 The most amazing display of hostas that I've ever seen.

A fairy garden in a hypertufa pot with wee hostas.

And another hypertufa planter filled with more of the mini hostas.

And there were also . . .

Blooms and

Butterflies.     And . . .

food.   Catered by friend Betty.    It was as delicious as it was pretty!

One of the reasons I wanted to go was because last year at Chelsea I saw these . . .

"The Mice" -- mini hostas which I fell in love with.     Sadly, I could not bring them home from England and so when I saw that some of these were on the plant list . . . I was hooked.   Come rain or shine, H=== or high water, I was going!

My flat of plants.    I did find two of the "mice" from England which I shall plant in one of my hypertufa planters and some sweet woodruff and some chervil.    And a bugwort -- a funny plant that I seem to love!

After I got home . . .

I frosted and decorated (with a candy wafer) the six dozen cookies I made before I left.    They will be part of my contribution to our Bourbon County Master Gardeners and Garden Club Plant Sale on Saturday at the Farmer's Market (along with pots of Agapanthus and garlic chives).

It's Friday and I'm sharing my cookies with Michael at Designs by Gollum and Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Wow! Where to begin with all those beautiful plants. Maybe I'll start with the flower cookies.... Yum!
Thanks for sharing.

Southerncook said...

I would have been like a kid in a candy store with all those beautiful plants to choose from. It looks like you brought home some very special "finds". Loved your post, Martha.

I have begun to blog again after a long time and enjoying it.


Rowan said...

What a fabulous plant sale that looks! I'd really love to wander round there. I like sweet woodruff and have it planted in my garden in the little woodland area - you do know that it spreads like wildfire if it's happy?:)

acorn hollow said...

It looks wonderful along with your cookies.
we are very shaded so I have all kinds of hosta I did get a couple of the mice hosta last year and they seem to be doing well so far this year.

Martha said...

Rowan -- that is what I am hoping for -- I have a shaded area back by the potting shed and the sweet woodruff will be perfect there -- and I do hope it spreads!

Pondside said...

I love a good plant sale, and this one looks like it was excellent. I'm glad you found your 'mouse ears'!

Bernideen said...

Wish I could have gone too - who doesn't love a plant sale! How wonderful!

On Crooked Creek said...

Sounds like my type of Plant $ale...alphabetized herbs...I'd have been in literary Heaven!!! Oh, yes...even the can goods are alphabetized here on my end of the Prairie. I know, I know...but I'm too old to change!!! I've never seen such small charming! Even more charming is the places you'll be planting them in your Lovely Linderhof Gardens!

Blondie's Journal said...

I would have loved to have been there. Those little "Mice" are precious...I have to look for them this year!

Yummy cookies!