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.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Reprise -- Sally's Iris

Almost two years ago (May 5, actually) I began a journey. What turned out to be a wonderful journey and I'm hopeful that it will be a long journey as well.

Lines of Linderhof became a blog and soon I shall celebrate it's Second Birthday, I've done just over 600 posts and I've feel fortunate to have over 200 followers.

What began as a way to do my newspaper column, Lines from Linderhof, with pictures has turned into an exciting experience.

In celebration of Lines from Linderhof's Second Birthday, 600 plus posts and 200 plus followers, I'm going to have a give away. My favorite herb book, Betty Crocker's Kitchen Gardens, by Mary Mason Campbell and illustrated by Tasha Tudor. I've had mine for 30 years and it is well worn. It's a much loved book that I would like to share with one of my readers.

There are two chances to win --

1 - Write a comment on this post, it's the first chance.

2 - If you're a follower or become a follower, it's a second chance. (But you have to tell me that you're a follower!)

It's Sunday and time for Sunday Favorites. Please join Chari at Happy to Design to see what everyone's favorites are this Sunday.

My first post -- alas, there were no comments to this post 2 years ago -- I'm not even sure that anyone even read it in 2008!

Sally's Iris

The gardens at Linderhof are filled with flowers. Most are "pass along plants" -- plants given to me by friends and relatives. Old fashioned flowers for they seem to suit Linderhof's age. Old fashioned flowers because they seem to grow well on my part of the prairie.

Iris always reminds me of my grandmother for her garden was always full of them -- mostly the old fashioned deep purple ones. She called them flags and they didn't bloom in her garden until around the end of May. They were always picked and taken to cemeteries on Memorial Day.

When I stopped by Sally's today to see a new plant, not only did I get a great cup of coffee which we sipped on her covered back porch while watching the birds and a dish of ice cream with strawberries but I also ended up with a grocery sack of iris -- pale purple ones -- so pale that they seem white.

None of the iris in Linderhof's gardens are that color and I put them in a special place. Where you can see them from the breakfast room. They won't bloom this year but they will bloom the next and those icy purple iris will always be a reminder of a day spent on a porch with a friend.

Back to 2010 -- the iris have grown and are now blooming. They make quite a statement in Linderhof's garden . . . and they are an icy blue -- almost white!

I can't wait to share Betty Crocker's Kitchen Gardens with a lucky reader and I'll draw the name of the lucky winner on Wednesday, May 5 -- my second anniversary!


Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Congrats on your second birthday!! I enjoy your blog and have become a follower! I would love to be entered in your great giveaway!

Bernideen said...

Yes I already am a follower and congrats onyour second birthday!

Sherry said...

I've loved your blog ever since I stumbled across it! I have a link to your blog in my favorites.

Allie and Pattie said...

Martha, those Iris are STUNNING! And a fabulous giveaway- you know, of course, that we follow you :)
xoxo Pattie

Carol said...

The Iris is beautful! I discovered your blog a few months ago and have been a follower ever since.

LavenderBlue said...

Congratulations! I thoroughly enjoy your blog each day as a regular follower.

Sharon said...

Iris are beautiful. I am a follower and would love to be entered.

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

The iris are beautiful! congrats on your birthday!
visiting from sunday favorites.

Pondside said...

Well, I read it, but I wasn't commenting in those days! So, enter me please as I've become a follower - mind you, I've never missed a post because I've had Lines from Linderhof you on my sidebar for a long time.

Diann @ the Thrifty Groove said...

Congrats on your 2nd anniversary!! I would love to be entered in the giveaway!

Southerncook said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate your second year on your blog but to gift one of your followers with one of your favorite cookbooks.

I admit to missing this particular post but I thoroughly enjoyed it. My favorites are "pass along plants" too and I even have some from my great grandmothers garden.


Peg said...

The pale icy blue iris is very pretty. I have some that are quite similar. I hope they manage to survive the torrents of rain we've had all day... up to 6 inches in some areas! Oh yes, guess what I got for an early Mothers Day gift? an ebelskiver pan! Your post got me started... they really are easy and oh so good!

Karena said...

Martha what a beautiful story. Irises are so unique. I found you through Reggie, and you are a gem!

Art by Karena

BumbleVee said...

Congrats on your birthday! I began mine on May 3, 2007, so my special day is almost upon us too.

That iris is beautiful! What a soft lovely colour.... I have some with a variegated leaf that is somewhat the same soft colour. My garden is full of "gifts" too.. many from my sister, some from my brother who loves to garden... some from neighbours... it's a garden of friendships... I must dig up some iris again this year....think I may leave them on doorsteps to see if people will "adopt" them... they are taking over in some places.

podso said...

Congratulations on two years and 600 posts! A Tasha Tudor illustrated book would be amazing to own, or even just to look at. Our irises are mostly white this year too.

Tracy F. said...

The iris has always been one of my most favorite flowers, and the white one is extra-special. I love white flowers. Happy 2nd birthday!

Lottie said...

I absolutely LOVE your blue iris! They are my favorite plant. Congrats on your second birthday. I have so enjoyed your posts since I found Lines from Linderhof!

From the Kitchen said...

I've been enjoying your blog for quite awhile now and am a follower. You've mentioned your favorite herb book before. It looks well used and loved. I spent my morning purchasing and planting herbs. Joy!


pve design said...

Two years.... look at you now, walking - running - always creating something good in the home, or the garden and sharing so nicely.

trish said...

Congratulations on your birthday! I enjoy dropping by for visits to your blog and wanted to thank you for the opportunity to enter your lovely give a way. :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia

Rose H (UK) said...

Congratulations on your upcoming birthday!
I 'found' you when blog-hopping and became a 'follower' then. Love your posts. (Your first one is much more interesting than mine was!) You are already in my 'favourite blogs' list.
Please enter me into your giveaway, thank you.
Best wishes
Rose H

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

congrats on your 2nd birthday.. and I love coming here reading your posts.. and also would love to enter your giveaway..

Cathy said...

Congratulation, Martha, on two years of great blogging. The time sure does fly by. I always look forward to my visits here.

I've been a follower for some time.

Mary Bergfeld said...

The iris are beautiful, Martha. It's hard to believe that it is almost 2 years! I'm looking forward to at least that many more. I am a follower. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Time flies when you're having fun ;) I can't believe it has been two years already. I've been a follower of yours for quite some time and the book sounds like a treasure.

Diana Mieczan said...

You have a great blog!

Chris said...

Martha, I always anticipate reading your blog! I so enjoy your gracious hospitality.

It is a special joy to see a giveaway of a cookbook with Tasha Tudor illustrations! She's a favorite of mine! I had always dreamed of visiting Corgi Cottage...

Congrats on your 2nd blog-birthday and good luck to us all!

Brenda said...

Congratulations on your second birthday in blog land. iris are one of my favorite spring flowers. They come in some very pretty colors. I have some yellow, purple and blue ones in my garden.

Brenda said...

I also meant to tell you that i am a follower.

9405018--Pat said...

Congrats on your second birthday!!!I've love your blog...I'm a follower...thanks for sharing...Pat H

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

forgot to tell you that I am already your follower :-)

Jane said...

I enjoyed seeing your plants and hearing about your iris. I got some from a friend last year. This year the leaves are nice and green but no flowers as of yet and everyone else's seem to be blooming.

I have an herb garden in 2 raised box gardens this year. I would love to have a copy of your book. Thank you for sharing.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

My friend, many heartfelt wishes and congratulations on your second blogaversary!!! has been a journey...hasn't it!!! I have really enjoyed your delightful blog and Linderhof! Thank you and may you be blessed with continued success and much blogging bliss, my friend!!!

It's so very sweet of you to have a giveaway in honor of your 2nd birthday! I sure would love to have a shot at that great cookbook...if you would throw my name in the giveaway hat! Of course, I have been a long time...very delighted...follower of Lines from Linderhof!!!

Thank you so much for sharing this lovely repost of Sally's Iris! I love iris' and they also always remind me of my grandma...she grew the most beautiful iris! I'm sure that you have enjoyed your friend Sally's beautiful icy purple iris much since you first posted about them! What a sweet preserve a wonderful memory of a day spent with a dear friend!!!

So sorry that I'm just now getting by for a visit...I was out of town yesterday!

Have a marvelous Monday, my friend!
Chari @Happy To Design

GardenOfDaisies said...

Congratulations Martha on 600 posts and over 200 followers!!! WOW. Big milestones! Those are beautiful irises. The first post from a new blog never get any comments, because people don't know you exist yet, but as you can see you are getting lots of comments on your pretty flowers now!
I would love to be entered into your drawing for the kitchen garden book. I love Tasha Tudor!! And just yesterday I planted several herbs that I will use for cooking this summer. (basil, sage, oregano, chives, etc...) I am already a follower.

Tina said...

I'm your follower. Congrats on the anniversary! I'd love to win that book.