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.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Grandma Eva's Sweet Peas

We love mid June for it's when the sweet peas bloom. They're not planned or planted but rather they grow and bloom where they want -- sometimes even in the herb garden. Mostly, they're that purply pink but occasionally, there will be a white one. They're the flower of choice for bouquets as long as they bloom.

They're a wild sweet pea rather than one of the cultivars and they have no fragrance. But that's really unimportant for they are very very special sweet peas. They came from husband Jim's grandmother's garden eons and eons ago -- before she left her home to go to a nursing home, a start came to Linderhof.

The fun of these sweet peas is the fact that they appear here and there -- they have no planned space and we love the bright spots of color that they provide in the garden. And we love the fact that every June, we fondly remember Grandma Eva because we see her sweet peas bloom.

It's Saturday which means that it's Pink Saturday so please join Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to see what other pinks there are this Satuarday!


william said...

Oh my gosh, this is so precious and special, Martha!


The Tablescaper said...

What lovely memories.

I'm hosting a new meme, "Summer Sundays". It's all about what summer means to YOU. I hope you'll come and join us.

- The Tablescaper

Pondside said...

They are beautiful, and a lot like the sweet peas that bloom here, everywhere but where people try to plant them - they are a very independent sort of sweet pea!

Mary Bergfeld said...

What a wonderful way to remind Jim of his past. They are beautiful Martha, but the memories must be more precious still. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Allie and Pattie said...

How pretty! My neighbor always had tons and they were always on our table. I may just have to search them out
xoxo Pattie

D.B. said...

I love sweet peas and the story behind yours makes them even more special. Thanks for sharing your magical home.

Bernideen said...

I absolutely love them - but mine have not succeeded. In Colorado is generally is very cool at night so bythe time they come up from the ground the summer was over before they bloomed. Ofcourse I know the answer to this problem and must regroup and start them from seed in house!

Gail said...

The sweet peas are wonderful aren't they and even more so because they came from a loved one. Happy PS.

Becky said...

Oh how special. I love the plants that came from my Mom's, grandmothers' and great-grandmother's. They give me such a feeling of continuity. And isn't it wonderful how they just volunteer whereever? Happy Pink Saturday!

Anonymous said...

What a great post, thank you for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday (and happy silver sunday)! Esther XX

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

very unique and elegant.

Happy June!