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, May 26, 2010

The Peonies are Abloom for Lunch


I love peony time on the prairie. Not only are they beautiful flowers but they smell heavenly as well. Peonies make beautiful bouquets and fill the room with their wonderful fragrance whenever they are on the breakfast room table.

Alas, the problem with peonies is rain . . . and so often when they bloom, it rains and rains hard -- the beautiful blooms are bashed to the ground with rain. A bouquet of peonies can be a rare thing on the prairie in Spring.

But this year, I was fortunate -- for I was able to clip lots of blossoms which made a perfect centerpiece for a Spring luncheon!
In the breakfast room. With an heirloom white damask tablecloth and big damask napkins in my silver napkin rings.
The peonies on both the table . . . .

And on the plates -- my Wedgwood Cuckoo . . . .

And on the menu . . . .

And for luncheon -- it was an herbal luncheon. Cream of Green Herb Soup (from the Inn at Little Washington), lemon and sage chicken cutlets, herbed rice and for dessert -- strawberry trifle!

It's Thursday which means that it's time for Tablescape Thursday with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. See what everyone is doing this Thursday over at Susan's.

27 comments:

Allie and Pattie said...

Martha, what a beautiful setting! The menu sounds perfect as well, but those dishes and peonies have me drooling!
xoxo Pattie

Tricia said...

Your peonies are just stunning! I wish they grew in my area. That is such a pretty china pattern--and it complements the flowers so well!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I'm smiling at the name of your plates-Cuckoo, I've been joking recently that I named my home Casa de Coo-Coo!

Pondside said...

This spring I've had serious peony-envy! All the luscious pinks make me want to get out to the garden center and get planting so that I can have a bouquet next year too.
Your luncheon setting is very pretty - simple, fresh, perfect.

Joanne Kennedy said...

Beautiful flowers. One of my favorites! Your table looks so nice with them and the dishes that match!

Hugs,
Joanne

Valerie said...

Beautiful!

I don't have any peony bushes, but my little 3rd graders would often bring me tiny (or big!) bouquets.

One problem...ants. Do you ever have that problem with them?

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love those pink peonies -- they're such a beautiful flower -- for real and in design too. What a yummy lunch you've prepared!

Mimi said...

Beautiful table, Martha! I can smell the peonies...mine got beat to death by the rain, again this year.

Beth said...

Your printed menu is unique and special. Love your flowers and your china, too! Beautiful tablescape!

GrannySue said...

It is just beautiful. I adore those plates. What a beautiful setting, and the peonies are just out of this world!

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

This is so elegant! Your peonies are gorgeous, too!

Jane

D.B. said...

Lovely as always and delicious as usual!

All The Pretty Dishes said...

Oh what magnificent dishes! Such a beautiful tablescape. And those flowers!!!

Amy said...

I'm glad you were able to enjoy your peonies. Your table is lovely. Every year I say I'm going to plant peonies and I never seem to do it. I'm going to do it this week. I too have peony envy!

Dining Delight said...

Very pretty! The peonies make the loveliest centerpiece! Your menu is mouthwatering!

DD

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Your flowers are just magical, they are so pretty and full and love the range of color...soooo pretty...

Johanna said...

Martha, that matches perfect. You made the story really exiting for me. First the flowers, than a little look at the table and more and more and then it comes.... this gorgeous plates! Whow, they are really pretty! I love the pattern and the cloros as well. And as I said, the peonies are perfect in shape and color with that china. The idea with the menu ist nice and the meal sounds really mouthwatering. I am sure you enjoyed this meal very much.
Greetings, Johanna

Wanda Lee Of The Plumed Pen said...

What pure Peony pleasures of great beauty and delights you have shared with us today; so very beautiful!.., As they say;'Only the Peony can make the Rose blush!"..,

The menu sounds delightful and yummy as well!~ What a fabulous setting for your lovely tablescape vignette!

Please do pop by and visit;I always adore your visits and thank you so much for taking part with my little tea parties!.., (I have added another whimsical teapot picture since Tuesday's tea's)..,

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

Erica said...

I love peonies.......our peonie's have not bloomed yet. I guess they come later being further up north, even though today we have a heat warning in the city again.

At home I have several peonie bushes and quite a few at our other homes......in all colours.
Love the pattern on your dishes....your luncheon set is just beautiful.
Thanks for sharing. :-)

Donna and Miss Spenser said...

How pretty....love the plates and the menu sounds delightful...what time is lunch??! (smiles). I am making my first "ever" trifle this weekend...I hope it turns out! ~Donna

scribbler-unfocused said...

I think you deserve the title "The Hostess with the Mostest!"

Remember Perle Mesta? She was the Washington hostess who was renowned for her parties?

(You and I would have been little girls, but I used to read my parents' Life magazine - that is how I know of her.)

Anyway, I think you are a superb hostess, and I always love to see what you do.

Scribbler

Bernideen said...

What love peonies you have - like so many beautiful flowers we must enjoy them while they are here. My lilacs are small this year. I think they need more sun maybe. I have seen others that are huge. Isn't gardening fun!

Lisa B. said...

I love those plates! Your table is beautiful.

I was able to get a big bunch of peonies picked for my tablescape this week also.

Mary said...

What a lovely table, Martha. The embossing on your tablecloth is almost as beautiful as the peonies. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Beautiful peonies and a beautiful setting! I bet it was a heavenly lunch, with the scent of the peonies all around you!
I adore those cuckoo plates!

Miss Merry said...

Your breakfast room is wonderful! What a great corner to enjoy such a lovely tablesetting. Your flowers are just gorgeous.

Barbara said...

Everything is just lovely! The plates look so pretty with that gorgeous bunch of peonies. The menu sounds yummy.