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 16, 2013

What A Difference Eight Years Makes . . .

Eight years ago
on a trip to Joplin
with a friend,
we visited a decor/garden shop
I'd not been there before
And I never went back
for a long time
And when I did, it was gone
But on that one visit,
I bought

These two pieces of iron fencing
I'm a sucker for iron 
They were not that expensive
and I thought I could use them somewhere in the garden
(even though there were only two of them).

I never did really find a home for them
I shifted them from one place to another
But two small pieces . . . 
They just didn't fit!

But I kept them 
And I'm glad I did, because

 between the squirrels and Dolly
My chive bed was just a patch of bare soil

And then I remembered the two pieces of iron fencing . . . 

And it was a good solution.
Dolly  doesn't run through the bed anymore
(And neither does Doogie -- Dolly was a bad influence!)
And so I bought some chive plants to plant
for a bare bed is a sad bed!

But it looked a little strange
One of the four garden beds
with iron fence.

What to do?

Time to google
And on Amazon . . .

Look what I found!
Except for being not quite as rusty . . . 
They are a perfect match.

And you have to realize that it is eight years after I bought the first two!!!


 I put them catycornered from the chive bed
Bare dirt because the basil will go here when it warms up.

Catycornered because that made more sense to me

Why only two when there are four beds?
Because when I was waffling about exactly how many I needed
They sold all but two.
I grabbed those two
And hopefully when Amazon restocks, I can get enough fence to finish
And I will have decided exactly how many I need!

I like the look
it defines the beds a bit better
And it does keep the dogs on the brick paths.
Dogs, after all, can be hard on a garden!

In the "mail" today
Was also

a new bee skep
My old one had weathered away.

It's a bit different
But every herb garden needs a skep 

We placed the new fence and the bee skep in the rain
this afternoon after we got home.

We were chilled for it was a cool April day.

For dinner . . .

Beef noodle soup
Egg noodles in a beefy broth with chunks of beef and plenty of celery and carrots and a few peas.

Homemade soup makes a wonderful dinner.

It's Wednesday and I'm joining Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.


Bernideen said...

The soup looks wonderful and the garden too! Those iron fencing pieces are perfect!

Pondside said...

Your garden beds look lovely - even bare!

La Tea Dah said...

Such a beautiful herb garden --- and a yummy supper soup!

NatureStop said...

That's a beautiful garden you got there. Have a great day!


Latane Barton said...

Your pieces of fence are working out great. Serves it's purpose of identifying the space, keeping the doggies out and just being pretty to boot.

Anonymous said...

Great fence ~ Beautiful style garden ~ Wonderful photos for ODW ^_^

Southerncook said...

Love your new iron fencing, I'm a sucker for iron too. The bee skep is great too. Mine is iron and showing signs of needing replacing too, it probably was not iron but a thinner metal.


LV said...

You used your old iron fencing in the right way. It looks very nice.

Kadee Willow said...

I couldn't agree with you more... love old rusted iron fence! Like you I have just two pieces that never really quite fit anywhere because, as you said,you need more of them to make a statement in the garden. I love your solution and congrats on persevering and finding more on Amazon. Keeping my fingers crossed that they restock and you can complete your border!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

That is awesome that you found a match. I love my little iron fences. I took a photo of each design and have them in my phone in case I come across more to see if I can match them.