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, May 4, 2009

Our Front Porch

I love our front porch and I am so happy to share it by participating in the Porch and Patio Party hosted by Barb at Grits and Glamour
Having a 1920's house means that we have a front porch. Somewhere in it's life the front porch got screens which makes for a cool oasis during sultlry summers.

The porch at Linderhof is not big but it is big enough. A round table with tablecloth and 4 comfy chairs -- two wicker and two bamboo (at Linderhof not everything matches).

It's the perfect place to spend the afternoon with a cup or glass of tea and a nosh as the house faces East and in the afternoon the porch is cool and shady.
When we entertain just one other couple in spring and fall and on cooler summer evenings, we start with drinks and appetizers on the porch before we move indoors for dinner in the breakfast room. It is a great place to start an evening dinner party.

The front of the porch facing the street has an old iron piece topped by a piece of glass. Indoor plants summer on the porch and a ritual on May 8 is bringing the plants outside to their summer home. The porch is definitely more friendly filled with plants.

The top of the iron sofa table also holds two cloche -- one with a nest and the other with a paper mache robin which is one of my most favorite finds from Nell Hills. I sometimes bring it inside to use as a garden table centerpiece.Besides the cloches, the table also holds a blooming plant (for something should always be blooming on the porch) and a cement elf or gnome reading a book. Long ago he came home to sit in our first bird bath. The bath is long gone but the elf has been with us ever since and I love him on the front porch -- for it is my afternoon reading place in the summer.

On the first warm day in March, everything is taken off the porch and winter's dirt and grime is washed away and the screens washed as well. Then it awaits May 8 when the plants come outside. Then we know that it is offically summer!


Valerie said...

Your porch is lovely! It must be so nice to have the screens...definite need for bug control out here on the plains!

Have a happy Cinco de Mayo!


xinex said...

Very nice and welcoming porch. Great idea about starting the entertainment there...Christine

Stacey said...

What a pretty porch. In the summer I bet it's the best. Your old iron piece that you topped with glass is really neat.

Crystal said...

Wonderful porch and plant table. It just looks like it would be a nice spot on a sweltering summer day!

Chandy said...

Lovely porch! Your table and chairs are great. Glad I stopped by to see it!

Pondside said...

The porch or the veranda of a house is always my favorite spot. My veranda isn't ready for show yet. It's been so cold here that cusions are still stored away and the necessary 'good cleaning' hasn't yet taken place. I look forward to my first cup of tea outside, though.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

What a wonderful place to sit and enjoy a cup of tea and the beautiful outdoors. I love the iron piece. Everything is just lovely. Hugs, Marty

Kristen said...

So lovely... I want to pull up a chair at Linderhof!


PS: I will finally get my bloggy award posted over at my place. I have been too sporadic lately!

the wild raspberry said...

oohh. i wish i had known about this party...sounds lovely.
your porch is great.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

You have so many beautiful spaces at your home. Thanks for sharing another on with us!

Debbie said...

I love screened in porches as well as glass. Yours is a very inviting space to sit and have a lovely afternoon. Thanks for sharing. Debbie

Melissa Miller said...

How pretty!
I love that you have added a cloche outdoors. :)

Crystal said...

Oh how inviting, I just love how you have different chairs at the table. Where did you get the cloche, they set off your table nicely.
Thanks for sharing

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

I love that your chairs don't match! Nothing in my house matches, but your "unmatching" looks much better than mine. Your porch looks so inviting, as does everything at Linderhof. laurie

Ribbonwood Cottage said...

OOOOoh LA La. I love it. Love that metal screen, I'm not sure what to call it. The area is lovely. I like your little tray with the china on it. Very inviting.

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

Everything is so welcoming! Wonderful brick home also! So much character!

Robin Sue said...

I love your front porch! It looks so inviting and cozy. Our narrow front porch is not screened in and would allow our state bird (the mosquito) to eat us alive!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Martha, you better be careful; some morning you are going to open the door at Linderhof and a whole porch of blogging ladies will be waiting there to visit -- your home always looks so inviting!

I spotted "our" Johnson Bros Indies Blue on your table. I still love that pattern!

I read your post about the ginger cookies. I've got that cookbook, and now with your review of that recipe, I'm going to try it. I'll have to get the candied ginger, but you are right -- everything else is already in the pantry.