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.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Getting Ready for Winter

We had our first killing frost on Friday night/Saturday morning. The basil is gone (sigh) and some of the annuals did not survive as well.
Our front planters look a little wear weary this late in the season . . .
Begonias were pretty in the summer, but they look tired in November.

The solution, borrowed from Reggie Darling, plant real evergreens in the planters. They'll be great until spring when the planters receive their pansies.

The evergreens are on sale now and for far less than what I pay for annuals, I can have real living greenery in the planters. With a little watering, they should be vibrant all during the winter. And how great they will look with a dusting of snow!
One nice evergreen per pot -- the near one
And the far one . . . .

With pumpkins that still decorate Linderhof, the greenery in the pots and the pile of fallen leaves, the season has certainly changed. We also changed out the planters by the back door and the big planters in the back garden and the window box under the sunroom window. When the barreness of winter finally comes, when the leaves are off the trees and snow falls, the green of the evergreens will give a nice color to Linderhof.

And, you don't have to worry about these plants drying out as cut greens do -- by mid January, the boughs that I used to put in the planters were nothing but a mass of lost and missing needles! These should stay green until it is time to dig them up!

Thank you Reggie!

And after I redid my planters? . . . I went inside and baked.

A tradition for the first Sunday in November -- making the Dundee cakes for the freezer. A great nosh for December teas.

They need to be made early for they benefit from a time in the freezer. We'll start serving them for tea the first full week in December.

The first of Christmas baking is done!

It's Monday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for the metamorphosis of the front planters from summer to winter.

And I'm joining Cielo at The House in the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday.


Pondside said...

I am certainly going to borrow that idea and replant my urns with small evergreens - great solution!
Dundee cake - yummy!

La Vie Quotidienne said...


This is so interesting to me as I live and garden in Southern California in very different conditions as you. Everyone thinks it is nice that we can garden year-round but actually I would appreciate a little down time.(-: Your house and gardens are lovely...and although I don't use many of them I really love everygreens. The cake looks delicious.

Lori E said...

I guess it really is time to get started on the Christmas baking. Now that I am working full time I wonder how I will get it all done.

On Crooked Creek said...

I just can't seem to get in the decorating mood. .. here at home! Our Holiday Open House went well at the shop. I did finish the Family Room dining table with our pheasant decor yesterday. . .now on to the tree, hearth and coffee table. Before retail sales, I always did my baking the first weekend in December. This year will be a challenge. Diets and time! You are always inspiring me to "get it in gear". Thank you for such a beautiful boost.

Sonny G said...

Your planters look good with the evergreens Martha.. I can almost smell those cakes too... My husband is the baker in the family and I expect that to get started this coming weekend.

Living the life in The Little City said...

That is a good idea. We all like to see some greenery in the winter after everything goes gray.

Cass @ That Old House said...

You have inspired me to fill some of our sad dead annuals containers with small evergreens... if they can survive Kansas winters, they should be able to make it thru New Jersey ones.

But Christmas baking? You have me reeling, possibly because my kitchen is in an uproar with the painting. And you are RIGHT. I am IN LOVE with the creamy cabinet color. Nothing we've done so far has been as transforming as this project; I'm so pleased.

I've never had Dundee cake. Recipe, please!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

I really like the little evergreens in your planters. I need some permanent planters for the front garden. Maybe I'll put that on my Christmas wish list.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Martha,
Your Dundee cakes looks wonderful...I don't think I have ever had Dundee cake..I also baked yesterday morning, I love how the house smells after so delicious!
We had rain all day yesterday and so it was a perfect day to bake and sew all day long and watch the rain fall.
Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth