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!


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Sandra said...

That is a lot of work you have done on your yard. I know you enjoy it. Lovely.

Prairie Needleworks said...

Your garden has evolved over the years. So many special spots to sit and enjoy. I love ponds. I would have a koi pond if I could. Not practical where I live. It's kind of nice that it is never considered finished...and that you can always have a wish for whats next.

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Such a beautiful garden and so satisfying to have dreams and visions and bring them to reality!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Your garden looks so peaceful. So neat to see the transition. Glad you got photos along the way!

On Crooked Creek said...

Absolutely Gorgeous!
I agree. . .Gardening and Gardens is an on~going process!
Love the progression of the Garden @ Linderhof!

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