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.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Food for the Soul . . . and for the Eyes

I can't imagine a house without plants and flowers. As bread is food for the body, flowers are food for the soul! And when there are no garden flowers, florists flowers or flowering house plants fill in the gaps.

What I like best about the houses that we've stayed in in England are the wide wide window sills -- so perfect for flowering plants -- the geraniums and begonias so favored by grandmothers.

Linderhof has a few wide windowsills and we do use them for plants in the winter -- there is just something about a green plant inside when it is cold and snowy outside. Those windowsills, however, have single pane windows and thus when the temperature falls too much, we have to move the plants to a warmer spot.

And I couldn't resist filling the kitchen window with basil . . . to be used in dishes that we fix while at Blue Row and to be left in the garden when we're gone. A reminder to those who stay after us.

And flowers . . . the garden at Blue Row is abloom and we've been picking bouquets -- I call it "deadheading"!!!

Some vernoica, some scabiosa, and some purple columbine (which I want for my garden) along with some prolific little blue flowers that I'm not sure of what they are. Gracing an old dresser in the "small" room upstairs.

And at the market in Stow today . . .

The flower man was there. Grown right here in the Cotswolds, he runs a "cutting farm" and brings his produce to market. I love stock and it's amazing fragrance. I've tried to grow it and have not been successful but when I saw huge buckets of it, I couldn't help but bring some home (2 bunches for 5 pounds) and so I got both a pink and a cream bunch.

The pink one I put in the bedroom that Daughter Sarah and her Andy will occupy tomorrow night. Fresh flowers in the bedroom has always been a tradition of ours -- and as her room always has a bouquet of flowers when she comes for a visit so does our room when we stay with her! And the tradition continues in England!

The white bouquet is on the dining room table and fills the downstairs with that unmistakable scent of stock!

It's Friday and I'm joining Courtney for Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage for what better way to feather your nest than with bouquets of flowers!

And I'm joining Kate for Flaunt It Friday at Chic on a Shoestring Decorating.


Dan said...

Oh Martha, I think you could make a home anywhere! I love that you have put touches and traditions of home in your holiday cottage.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Love all of the flowers and each bouquet is just stunning. Perfect. Hugs, Marty

Rose H (UK) said...

I agree fully with Dan, you've cetainly made Blue Row your home.
I'm presuming its the blue spikey flower you are uncertain of? They are commonly known as 'Batchelors Buttons' I love them and usually have some in the garden, but sadly not this year. Here's a link about them.
The pretty stocks have such a glorious fragrance, I'm sure your daughter is going to appreciate them and have a fabulous time with you both!
Best wishes
Rose H

Pondside said...

I'd love to smell the stock!
I hope the visit with your daughter went beautifully.

afternoon tea said...

I love the flowers. That's one thing I missed when we moved from Vancouver, B.C, lots of flowers.

What a lovely custom, to put fresh flowers in the bedroom.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Love the flowers! And deep windowsills. One of the blue flowers in your bouquet is Centaurea montana, which I call moutain bluet. It can reseed when it's happy with the location. Stocks are flowers with a great fragrance!

Maggie said...

Martha you are really making yourselves at home in Blue Row, how lovely it all is.
I adore the sweet smell of stocks, especially the Night Scented variety, it just conjures up warm summer nights for me.
Looking forward to meeting the rest of the family soon!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there- what pretty bouquets! Fresh flowers are so wonderful to place around the house! Thank you for linking up to FNF this week and sharing this! :)