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, July 14, 2020

The Garden . . . . Through The Years

The garden at Linderhof has been a 32 year work in progress
And with most gardens, it's still in progress!

Looking at the garden from the side yard . . . 
The sundial is on a water fountain which used to be in Gunn Park
Significant because the son of the benefactor of that park lived in our house
for 3 years in the late 20s and early 30s

The garden started as lawn . . . . just a green space that needed to be mowed
But I've always wanted a four square mostly herb garden
In 1997, I began my plans

May - 1997 Laying out bricks to determine the individual beds
and where the brick paths were to go

Summer 1997 - we laid the bricks for the path
(it's summer because the watering house is out and the plants have grown!)

2020 - But the beds are raised --
not because I'm older or infirmed
But because we own a digger dog
Who delights in digging up any plant in the ground!
The very tall raised beds prevent that!
And I find it is much easier to garden when the plants are waist high!

1998 - Pretty flowers in the main flower bed at the time.
We had just built the arbor running along the garage to the house
No fence to enclose the garden

2002 - And put up a fence we did
A privacy fence!

2020 - That fence has aged well
There's a pond in the middle of that flower bed
And mostly day lilies grow around it

 1998  - From the back of the lot looking toward the house

2009 - From the back of the lot looking toward the house
Wait, where are the two little windows?
There are sliders there now!!!!
Our addition -- the breakfast room which overlooks the garden!

 2020 - under the pergola looking towards the house

2009 - On the terrace looking towards the garden through the arbor

 2020 - On the terrace looking through the arbor toward the garden

2009 - One of the years Linderhof's garden was on tour -- we had a pond built
And a cat fountain installed
And we bought a water lily!

2020 - The pond surrounded by mature day lilies . . . and that little water lily
fills the pond!     And it's only half -- about five years ago, I divided it and shared it with a friend . . . 

Am I finished?
Is a gardener every really finished?

I'm planning fall bulbs to plant
putting in a raspberry patch
a small vegetable garden


You'll have to come back and see for yourself if I do it!

Monday, July 6, 2020

The Lamps of Linderhof

I have a lamp fetish.
I love lamps
I adore lamps

But latest obsession are oil lamps
"electrified" oil lamps

They're quite 20s because of the Colonial Revival going on
in the 20s
You find lots of Duncan Phyfe and Chippendale furniture
And you'll find reproduction "electric" oil lamps

So I think these "oil" lamps fit the style of my house
Some are new -- 70's (1970's) probably
while others are genuine and, therefore, old

This one is a kerosene lamp
And old kerosene lamp
It was my mother's and either her mother's or her grandmother's
I'm sure there is a way to date it but I'm not sure how
It's kept in the kitchen
and used for electrical outage emergencies

These are Argand lamps
from the 20s I'm guess by the plugs
for yes, they are electric
And I'm not sure they were ever oil
I wanted one (or to be greedy a pair) "forever" and one day there was an estate
sale and there they were -- for a measly sum compared to what similar lamps are selling for on ebay!
I couldn't wait to bring them home!

A banquet lamp.   It's newish.  And one of a pair.    I'm thinking probably 70s reproduction.
From a dear friend and I think of her often when her lamps are lit at night!

My pride and joy -- a Sinumba lamp
although I do think it's a 20s reproduction rather than an early 1800s one that has been electrified
I love the prisms and how they shine in the daylight reflecting the sun or shine at night reflecting the bulb.

Two old oil lamps that have been electrified.    Almost a matched pair (the shades are a bit different)

Another Sinumbra lamp.
Also a reproduction, I would assume.
It's smaller than the living room one
And was my first!

These have a name and I've forgotten what it is!
But a pair.    Reproduction for sure.   But a lovely globe and colonial prisms

An electrified "whale oil" lamp.    With shade instead of globe.
I also think this is a 20s reproduction but it's perfect beside the chaise in the bedroom

A pair of dressing table lamps.    I think these are probably 40s and were meant to be used on a dressing table or a sideboard -- a Duncan Phyfe sideboard!

A sweet little lamp.    With prisms and a sin umbra type shade.
It's not all that old -- 40s or perhaps 50s I'm assuming.
Bought when our daughter lived in Buffalo.
I left it at the antique shop there, regretted it, called them and they sold it to me over the phone and shipped it -- I regret leaving it but have never regretted sending for it!

A lovely lamp that I bought at a church bazaar silent auction
(And paid much more than I like to pay for lamps).
I assumed it was a 50s/60s reproduction.

Imagine my surprise when I inquired on a vintage lamp facebook page
to find this:

So it's old and not new.
Much older than I thought and has been electrified
And the enormous sum I paid for it is a paltry price for what I got!

A true Aladdin that has been electrified
Bought, actually, at the same antique mall that the dresser lamps came from.
That shop has always had a good selection of lamps!

I am happy for once at the lamps that light Linderhof.
There are a few more -- none of them oil lamps or oil lamp wannabes
for they're floor lamps and provide good task light.