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.

Monday, April 6, 2009

The Frost is on the Pansies!

Mother Nature can fool you. Warm March days with temps hovering near 80 made us think that Spring was really here! Alas, there will be frost on the pansies tonight as both Southeast Kansas and Southwest Missouri are under a freeze warning.

The bulbs this year were at their best -- the loveliest in several years. The back garden was abloom!

Although there will be frost on the pansies, it will not harm them -- but it will harm the bulbs and lilacs.

So I went out with a BIG basket and scissors and cut away. Yellow daffs for an antique spooner on the breakfast room table.
A big bouquet of lilacs on the living room coffee table.
The white daffs in a Wedgwood white vase in the living room. I love the sheer beauty of pure white both in the flowers and in the vase.
The tulips upstairs on the bedroom mantle in the tulipiers.
And on my bedside table, a bouquet of jonquils. If money were no object, I would have fresh flowers beside my bed every day and clean sheets on my bed every night!

I'm thinking that this is the last hurrah for Jack Frost -- he'll be on his merry way after tonight. Not to be seen again until Fall. BUT . . . the average last day of Frost for this part of the prairie is April 16. He could return and wreck havoc on our gardens once again for that date is still 10 days away!


Susan @ The Good Life! said...

Your flowers are beautiful! We have some bulbs flower, but not enough to say SPRING.

Pondside said...

Good for you for launching that blossom rescue.....better on your bedside table than wilted on the ground!
Spring just might have arrived here today - it was gorgeous. We've had quite a bit of winter damage, though, especially to the ceanothus, which hardly looks alive.

Martha said...

I figure I would be cutting them one way or the other -- fresh to enjoy indoors or wilted to put on the compost heap!

Nancy Yoakum said...

The flowers are lovely! I agree having them inside is wonderful. Glad yo are getting to enjoy them a little longer. We tried covering up some of our things out in the garden with sheets as well as my neighbors. Looks like a bunch of ghost are in our yard!

LaurenFaythe said...

You have beautiful arrangements!We had snow this past weekend - thankfully our tulips have not begun to bloom yet!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Your flower arrangements are lovely.

The Norwegian said...

Oohh! I have tulips up, Hyacinths, and Daffodils. They are brave. We had snow this morning! It will not last long.
Time to enjoy the cloudy skies, as soon sunshine will prevail and the earth will give up it's secrets. Take heart! Though we may see snow flurries, we will soon be encouraged by the buds that will blossom. Dogwood! Even as I compose I see a singing Cardinal...

the pleasures of homemaking said...

There's nothing as beautiful as some fresh flowers! We had a frost last night too and Saturday we're back in the 70s! Very crazy weather!


Brenda Pruitt said...

Sadly, I cannot bring my lovely flowers inside. One of my two cats, Bonnie, eats at the petals until they're gone.

Teresa's New Life said...

Oh I just love to view your site! You and I must be kindred spirits. I am so worried right now over my buds. I am in Georgia and we have had flowers for some weeks now and my hydrangeas are all budding and the temp has dropped to the 30's and into the 20's tonight!

Cathy said...

I agree, I love cut flowers in the house. And we're having the same kind of crazy spring weather here in the Northwest. Eighty degrees one day, fifty the next.

Wanita said...

Your spring flowers are so lovely! I must admit I'm a bit envious of you since we do not have any flowers blooming yet here in MN. My bleeding hearts are just barely starting to poke their heads up through the ground. But our temps are to be in the 50's all week, so that should help things along.

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