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, March 26, 2011

Reprise -- The Frost is On the Pansies!

I thought that it was fitting that this post from April 6, 2009, be my Sunday Favorite (please visit Chari at Happy To Design because we're under a freezer alert tonight. Yes, I was outside, picking blossoms for the inside once again. I guess sometimes, you can "fool Mother Nature"!!!

Mother Nature can fool you. Warm March days with temps hovering near 80 made us think that Spring was really here! Alas, there will be frost on the pansies tonight as both Southeast Kansas and Southwest Missouri are under a freeze warning.

The bulbs this year were at their best -- the loveliest in several years. The back garden was abloom!

Although there will be frost on the pansies, it will not harm them -- but it will harm the bulbs and lilacs.

So I went out with a BIG basket and scissors and cut away. Yellow daffs for an antique spooner on the breakfast room table.
A big bouquet of lilacs on the living room coffee table.
The white daffs in a Wedgwood white vase in the living room. I love the sheer beauty of pure white both in the flowers and in the vase.
The tulips upstairs on the bedroom mantle in the tulipiers.
And on my bedside table, a bouquet of jonquils. If money were no object, I would have fresh flowers beside my bed every day and clean sheets on my bed every night!

I'm thinking that this is the last hurrah for Jack Frost -- he'll be on his merry way after tonight. Not to be seen again until Fall. BUT . . . the average last day of Frost for this part of the prairie is April 16. He could return and wreck havoc on our gardens once again for that date is still 10 days away!


On Crooked Creek said...

The fresh lilacs for your tea yesterday were heavenly! The color and the fragrance made me so want Spring to come to stay on the prairie. Perhaps this will be the last of cold, freezing temps. However, returning home the streets had been pretreated for ice, once again.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Beautiful flowers and vases. So glad Spring is here!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

i should of cut everything today and to think my mini daffodils just came out. well I do have a couple bouquets

Marlis said...

It's always so sad to have to cut the pretties. Last year my tulips got snow on them and looks quite lovely afterwards. this year they haven't bloomed yet ;-(. Hopefully it will warm up soon and stay that way.

Ben said...

Martha, I've always admired great floral arrangement skills (having none myself). Your arrangements are lovely!


Anonymous said...

Hi Martha! Oh, what a wonderful post! All the flowers are just gorgeous and I can almost smell the lilacs! You have beautiful vessels to hold them too!
I'm having another Heart of the Home Party - Show Your Favorite Cupboard and I hope you'll join me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Anonymous said...

Loving the white daffs in the white pitcher.
So sad to have the lilacs freeze. They are my favorite.
One time a new neighbor cut down a shared lilac at peak blooming! I was crushed. I had jars and jars of blooms because I couldn't let them just die.
How could one cut down a lilac? And at peak bloom??? Guess I'm still not over it!

afternoon tea said...

Thank you for posting pictures of your wonderful flowers! I really look forward to seeing green grass and flowers. Winter seems to have been extra long this year.


Beautiful post! I love your flowers and the vases. I too agree with what you said about white on white, it's always so serene and so pretty.

Keetha Broyles said...

Oh goodness - - - we haven't had anything CLOSE to 80 degrees here, we're keeping Jack Frost busy over this way so he'll forget to visit you again this spring. ;-)

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

My friend, all of your fresh flowers made the most beautiful bouquets! So glad that you were able to save them from the frost! Of course, I realize that this post was from 2009 but it reminded me of the weather that we are experiencing right now here in Colorado. It started snowing yesterday and finally stopped about an hour ago. I have to tell you that your all white daffodils are simply gorgeous! I didn't even know there were all white daffodils! Thanks for sharing this sweet post with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party this week, my friend!

Warmest spring wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design