Linderhof


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, March 25, 2009

A Respite from Garden Chores


A great big thank you to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting Tablescape Thursday. It's always a fun event and I so love seeing everyone's tablescapes. Everyone is so creative and has such beautiful dishes and centerpieces!

It's Spring at Linderhof and March means garden chores. All of those things that didn't get done in the fall (my Scarlet mentality -- tomorrow is another day -- spring is a long time away -- it's a beautiful Indian Summer day and I can go play) have to get done now!

So hours spent out in the garden raking and mulching and doing all of those odd garden chores that are just no fun!

But a respite is always in order . . . and today was no exception. With freshly baked lavender cookies (from last year's lavender crop) and a glass of green tea, I could take off my garden hat and sit at "our" table -- the small table that we often sit at in the garden.
The tablecloth is from Williams Sonoma and I have two -- one for each of the big tables but it works well on the little one.
Some lavender cookies and tea -- what could be better even if you're hot and sweaty and with dirt under your fingernails. You just feel better when there is a cloth on the table and the cookies are on a plate!
"Thyme in a Jar" is my centerpiece. Put together for the herb class that I'm teaching tomorrow night -- seven different kinds of thyme -- all in a jar! Don't you wish we could bottle time and use it later! The wee strawberry jar was my mother's and I hold it dear.
A small tablescape, this, my respite in the garden. But it is a busy week and company at Linderhof has been sparse although we hope to recitify that Friday!

44 comments:

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

I love your table! I did a small one too this week. I want to sit awhile and have a cookie with you!

Susan

marty39 said...

What a wonderful spot to sit and relax and refresh from working in the garden. Love the tablecloth, it is so cheerful. I'd love to be sitting there and enjoying all the finished projects. Hugs, Marty

The Norwegian said...

Love the Thyme in a Jar! You are right, there is something about a tablecloth - and a plate makes cookies better! I am a Lines from Linderhof fan and am always warmed and cheered by your posts. Must tell you, I made the Ina Garten Crunchy Noodle Salad (inspired by you) to take to a Baby Shower Luncheon and got raves! Your posts are great and always inspire.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This is beautiful. I love the cloth. I'd love to sit there and have tea!!

Linda said...

That is a great table - love the hat and the WS tablecloth - it's really a beautiful design! Would love to taste those lavendar cookies! Linda

Kathleen said...

Pretty table...and hat too!
I love the WS outler..I am using my tablecloth from there for next week's TTH...have to think it out!
Save me some tea, we are still in the hot choc mode here!

Mama said...

The perfect spot for a drink and cookie, your tablecloth is so pretty with your herb pot and straw hat. happy TT, Kathy.

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I love that hat! Lavender cookies, yum! Your table is very sweet and the tea looks delicious too.

ellen b said...

It's lovely. That tablecloth is great!

Deb said...

I Love Your Tablescape Too!!!!And I love the chairs! That hat,tablecloth, and COLD DRINK!
Really sets the stage for respite! Deb

Happy To Be said...

Just beautiful girl..Wished I was there...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Lorrie said...

Beautifully simple - sometimes we just need to treat ourselves well. Your tablecloth is lovely - so bright, and the thyme jar is fresh and alive.

Lorrie

B said...

What a lovely spot to "take a break". I love your tablecloth, and the cute hat!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

ummmmm! I bet the lavendar and thyme smell wonderful. Pretty little spot.

xinex said...

Lavender cookies? I did not know we can eat lavender. I think it was just for smell. Love your table for one. Good idea to set when gardening which I have been doing a lot...Christine

Dream Mom said...

Gardening used to be my favorite hobby(I used to have a home, now I live in an apartment.); I'd spend all day putzing in the yard, mulching, edging, etc...I was a perfectionist. I might work eight hours or so and then come in all sweaty and bushed. Why am I telling you this? Because when I would be sweaty and bushed, I would have LOVED to come and sit a spell at your table, have a cool, refreshing glass of green tea and some wonderful lavendar cookies and sit and look out over the pretty yard. The tablecloth is oh, so pretty and fresh!

Your beautiful tablescape brought back that feeling of working in the yard-such wonderful memories of my favorite hobby. Thank you for that. Your tablescape was just wonderful.

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Just wonderful. I wish I could join you. Your tablescpae looks so... inviting. I love your tablecloth. The thyme in the pot is awesome.

Kathy said...

What a beautiful, simple table in a wonderful setting.
xo...Kathy

Kristens Creations said...

This is really pretty! Love the tablecloth. The lavender cookies and tea look delicious! Kristen

prof en retraite said...

Oh this looks wonderful! I have never had lavender cookies...I'll bet they are wonderful! Your tablecloth is gorgeous...love WS. Great post...Debbie

Domestic Designer said...

I really like the yellow and green. Can I have a cookie? Have a great day!

Janie's World said...

What a beautiful spot of sunshine! That tablecloth just brings spring right into your patio!! So pretty!

susan said...

Thyme in a jar--I love it! I am itching to get my hands dirty as well. Hope you'll share the cookie recipe soon!

LdyDy said...

Your table looked just perfect for taking a rest from the garden! The glass of tea looks refreshing..

Love to decorate said...

Love your table very sunny and cherry. I Love the cookies too

abeachcottage said...

just a wonderful spot to sit and soak up the fresh air, love the tablecloth

happy tablescaping!

I enjoyed my visit, thanks

sarah

Acorn Cottage said...

Just love your tablescape! You could have told me you were in the Italian countryside and I would have believed you. Best of luck with your class this evening! I know you'll do a great job!

"Blossom" said...

A scene right out of a movie or magazine. Love the hat and the ice tea; with the lemon. Simple but makes a statement.

Pondside said...

Beautifully simple. Perfect, really. I can imagine the pleasure at sitting down here after a good session in the garden.

Joyce said...

Simple & relaxing & inviting. Thyme in a jar is a good idea!
Joyce

Chari said...

Good morning...

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a peek at my "Brume de Rose" tablescape and for your kind comments! What a lovely table in an outdoor setting! I love your little table and chairs and that sunny yellow tablecloth is gorgeous! Mmmm...lavender cookies, maybe some day you could share your recipe with us? Well my friend, don't work too hard and have a wonderful day!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

SusanQ said...

What a lovely setting, Martha! I love the yellow tablecloth.

I am so envious of your pansies in the window box and your jar of thyme. We don't even have pansies at the garden centers yet!

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Hi Martha,
I'm new to your blog. I have enjoyed my visit. The sunny yellow tablecloth is just right! What a great place to relax and have a cold iced tea or lemonade!
Happy spring!
Alisa

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVELY setting in your garden!

Amongst The Oaks said...

I love every little bit of your tablescape: fresh cookies, fresh tablecloth, live plant, cute hat! I think I have a hat like that too.
Laura

The Bloom Girls said...

Oh Martha, how charming this little setting is! It makes me want to sit right there, eat one of those cookies and take a time out! Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I am having so much fun with this tablescaping!

Christi at A Southern Life said...

Getting your hands dirty in the garden is therapeutic. I have 2 kinds of thyme growing in my herb garden. I love the tablecloth, very pretty.

Jules said...

Great idea of the Thyme jar! Makes me think I could use that type of jar for many other herbs too. Beautiful table decor! How fun.

Kim Chalfant said...

Beautiful photography! I want to sit at your table & take a rest as well. Great job!!!

Connie Weiss said...

What a lovely garden spot!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

How pretty. Love the hat on the table. This is magical. laurie

Cass @ That Old House said...

This is such a charming post. I love it! I just want to join you for a lavender cookie and a long cold drink!

Love that tablecloth, too. Gorgeous.

You grow lavender? I would love to grow some. . . I may be asking your advice!

Thanks for a lovely tablescape vignette.
Cass

Mary said...

Simply perfect! What a wonderful spot to sit and relax. LOVE that yellow tablecloth, and your mother's strawberry jar. Beautiful!

Theresa said...

Martha,
Thank you for the kind words. I do so love pretty tables. The lavender cookies sitting on your beautiful table look so inviting and friendly. :)
Theresa