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.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Antiques From The Garden

I have always been in love with English gardens
And the "things" in English gardens!

On our trip over Labor Day to Minnesota
in an antique shop we found

This delightful book
Which, when we got back to Daughter Sarah's house,
we found and ordered it from Amazon --
at a $20.00 savings!

It was waiting for us when we arrived back at Linerhof!

Beautiful pictures of English garden things
things I covet!
Or once coveted --

The trug (the English garden basket)

Is always by the garden door

 So I can grab on my way to the garden
It holds my gloves, the herb scissors and the Friskars

And pages of

concrete ones

Like the one in the garden at Linderhof

And what garden is incomplete, unless it has

A birdbath

Just one of the ones at Linderhof
we even have a heater so that birds can have winter water

And even though there are hoses . . . 

A watering can is important in the garden

 I prefer the English Haws -- with a copper rose

There are pages and pages of

wonderful pots

These two are on the front pillars
Husband Jim wants to paint them so that they are "pretty"
I like them in their "chippy" state!

These are called

A miniature greenhouse

And on the right you'll find the one in Linderhof's garden
Dwarfed now by the rosemary

And handlights go hand in hand with

Bell Jars

To help those garden seedlings to grow.
They've since made the transition from garden to house
and are called "cloches"

I still prefer "bell jars"

Then there are these

forcing pots
used mainly for rhubarb

A line of them in the herb garden
And they do help rhubarb grow!

Ours are lined up in the potting shed
And most are old --
preferring to find something old at an estate or garage sale
rather than going to the hardware store
and "just buying"

garden tools
In my opinion hanging as much for sculpture as for use

Not an estate or garage sale find
but rather my mother's
I love the handle.

And in every English garden

there is terra cotta

Like these English strawberry pots
which, alas, at Linderhof they don't hold strawberries
for I'm afraid that our winter may cause their demise.
But they are in the strawberry area of the garden!

And my small collection of hand thrown English greenhouse pots.
Which I do use!
The wee ones were brought home from England --
the others I've found here.

And a box of pots on the potting shed floor
As much "sculpture" as a usable item.

At Chelsea, I fell in love with

These troughs.   Alas, not brought home because of both the weight and the price.
I'm not sure which was higher.
And besides, it wouldn't fit in my luggage!

Still I yearn for one.

But what I yearn for most is . . . 

A staddle stone
used to elevate corn cribs so that the rodents wouldn't get in the corn.

They're everywhere!

Even in the garden at Blue Row!

I know where one is
One that isn't $$$
I think, perhaps, I need to make a road trip.

Not antiques but an intergral part of Linderhof's garden

My collection of straw garden hats
For one never gardens without a hat!

The top one is the oldest and probably my favorite!
(It's even been pressed into service as a Kentucky Derby Hat for a Derby Day party)


Bernideen said...

Your book is very inspiring and so is your garden. I stayed home today with a goal of sewing. I ended up going through my garden shelving in the garage to pull out the tins for seeds. I peeked in "gardening supply spots" I hadn't looked at for a while. I love your tools and that "trug" I believe you called it with your supplies.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Your garden is truly a thing of joy, a place of peace, and shows years of slowly tweeking and improving and loving it!

Sarah said...

This gardener is inspired by this wonderful post. I just ordered a copy of this book. '-) I recently found an English garden tool at the City Wide Garage Sale. '-)
I need to find me an English trug.

Pondside said...

There may be a run for that book after that post! I love to see odd and old things in a garden. Layers of history are lovely everywhere, even outside.

GardenOfDaisies said...

Your English inspired garden is really lovely. I love the look of those long necked watering cans and the staddle stones. They make me think of mushrooms. What do you do with your terra cotta pots during the winter to keep them from cracking?

Martha said...

I put them in the potting shed. In the winter, it's really a storage shed!

Piotr LA said...

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