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.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

February 2


Linderhof's garden has looked like this since Christmas Eve. And although I don't like slick conditions underfoot, I must admit that I do prefer a white winter garden to a brown winter garden.
The pond is frozen over and the yard is full of birds munching on the handouts that husband Jim puts out each morning. Fifty pounds of black sunflower seed is gone through every three weeks and we've counted at least 100 finches alone at a time. And there are other visitors -- the cardinals, the jays, the doves, the juncos . . .

But today is the day that a prediction is made as to whether or not there will be six more weeks of winter.
By this animal -- known as both a groundhog and a woodchuck. I prefer to call the animal a woodchuck -- sounds classier but today, it's his day and the day is known as Groundhog Day, so alas, this creature must be known as a groundhog on February 2.

There is a woodchuck that visits the garden at Linderhof. We're not sure where he lives for he doesn't live in our garden -- but sometimes in the summer he passes through.

We've not seen him today -- but if we had, he would not have seen his shadow -- for today, like the previous few days have been overcast -- overcast and looking like it might snow!

That means our resident groundhog (for today, we must call him that) has predicted that we will have an early spring.

And after such a long period of time with snow on the ground (not a normal occurrence on the prairie), we shall relish spring.

For instead of a garden which looks like this . . .


We can't wait for the garden to once again look like this . . .
Because the garden comes alive when it begins to green up . . .And come spring, we can pick bouquets of these to put all around the house. Linderhof becomes alive with blooms!

It's Wednesday and although Groundhog Day was on Tuesday, this is our post for Outdoor Wednesday . . . so join Susan at A Southern Daydreamer and see what everyone is doing outside this Wednesday.

19 comments:

Blondie's Journal said...

I think I agree with you about the snow being more attractive than a brown garden!! Yours looks so lovely and I spotted quite a few varieties of birds there!

I hear we have 6 more weeks of this weather! ;-)

xoxo
Jane

Joyce said...

Bring on the Spring and the flowers and the smell of fresh rain and lighter clothing. I am so ready!
Joyce

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I like your groundhogs' prediction better than Puxa...whatever his name is. Your garden looks beautiful in the snow and in the spring! laurie

Quilt Works said...

Love the photos! And it is nice that the bluebirds are so well color coordinated with your outdoor funiture. I had a chuckles looking at the perfect match!


... beauty in the mist

vignette design said...

Your garden both in the snow and in the spring. I too am anxious for flowers, leaves and birds. - Delores

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

Your garden looks as nice in winter as it does in spring~ The architectural elements give it something special.
~Nancy

BumbleVee said...

hahaha.. I love your Oliver on the sidebar... giving the groundhog no chance!

and... may I just say thanks for the creamed spinach recipe.... came by a while back ... saw it and swiped it.... then...forgot where I found it.... I was going to put out an APB to see if somebody recognized their own blog post.

I made one using your recipe as my base..and tweaked it a bit...ohhhmmmm... yum....

Light and Voices said...

Good thing the birds have a place to chow down at your place.
Joyce M

The Little Red Shop said...

What a lovely garden! No wonder the little creatures enjoy it so much.

: )

Julie M.

ButterYum said...

I love when the birds visit in the snow! And I too definitely prefer a white winter garden to a brown one!!

:)
ButterYum

lindaraxa said...

We've had so much rain here at the lake that it promises to be a beautiful Spring, and ours starts way before yours!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a pretty garden you have - thanks for sharing. Our snow and ice finally melted, just hope we don't get any more this Winter.

Mary said...

What a perfect post for Outdoor Wednesday. Your photos are lovely. I can't wait for the daffodils to bloom. They've broken ground her, so it won't be too much longer. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Mary

Dan said...

What a beautiful garden, in both winter and summer. You must be someone else who likes their garden statuary!
Best wishes
Dan

Lori E said...

Sorry to brag but I have crocuses and hellebores in bloom in my front yard.
We are unseasonably warm here this year.

Martha said...

Lori -- no fair!!!!! Indoor paperwhites are the only bulbs we'll have for a while!

Ms. Bake-it said...

What a lovely garden. I love the bird feeder in the first picture as well as your architectural elements. They make for a very interesting garden.

~ Tracy

joey said...

How lovely! We woke to a beautiful light snowfall. Frankly, I need the extra weeks to catch up inside!

Helena said...

Great photos! Your garden is really nice. :)