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, June 16, 2011

Perhaps It Pays to Wait!

I love my pansies but they are spring flowers -- not summer flowers and so the pansy pots need to be replanted with summer annuals. I usually do this in May before the pansies fade but alas, this year in May we were in England and so the pansies were sorry looking by the time we returned.

Unpacking, laundry and cleaning house was first priority -- the garden second. Yesterday, I started in front and weeded the front beds (three trash bags full) and today was time to start on the back. For Linderhof's garden is a "high maintenance" garden!

Some beds were weeded and all the pots were emptied of their pansies and after lunch with a friend, I made the round of garden centers . . . . and came home with a carful of plants for the pots for the summer.

The bad news -- selection was not prime -- plants were picked over and only leftovers were left. The good news is that most plants were half price or less!!!

By the time I had weeded, lunched, bought my plants and came home, a gentle rain was falling and so in the rain, I planted!

The iron pots with pink geraniums and a concrete pot with some pink and ivory colored petunias.

And the back window box with petunias -- the supertunia variety that have, in my opinion, very pretty coloring.

A day in the garden always means an easy dinner.

Half a chicken and a bottle of ginger teriyaki marinade makes for a tasty chicken dish served with mostly white and wild rice. The chicken and marinade are baked in a slow oven while I planted my carload of plants. The rice is also done in the oven. It's easy -- twice as much chicken broth (or water) as rice. Put in a baking dish and stir. Cover (I use foil) and bake at 350 for about an hour.

It's Friday and I'm joining Michael at Designs by Golllum for Foodie Friday.


On Crooked Creek said...

Lovely planters, dear. Wednesday evening when we were at Lowe's. . .I was thinking the same thing. Time to take advantage of the lower prices and finish filling up the planters here on the Prairie. Your gentle rain was our heavy storm. Electricity off 4 hours during the night; however the birds are singing early this morning.Ah~h~h...JOY comes in the morning!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Those flowers will perk right up now with you tending them. Always nice to get them at a discount. I'm hanging on to my pot of pansies still. We had too extremely hot days and I thought they were done but a drink of water brought them back.

The Norwegian said...

Not a gardener myself, I enjoyed your path from purchasing annuals to planting them but found myself enticed by the half chicken in teriyaki marinade with white and wild rice. Something about you makes one want to do what you do.
Loved the idea of this oven baked meal even on a summer evening.
Always a fan of Linderhof.

Southerncook said...

Your chicken dish looks delish too and oh so easy. Pop in the oven and forget it. I tried a new chicken dish last night and it was pure heaven using cognac and white wine. I will post it soon and this is definitely dinner party fare. BTW, your newly planted pots look beautiful. My geraniums take a beating in our heat and humidity but they do survive, they just don't look as they should.


Poppy @ With a Dash of Color said...

I love window box planters and yours is looking so pretty with those pink petunias.I like buying plants a few weeks after Memorial Day... at discount prices... I can buy a lot of annuals at very good prices. Loved your iron pedestal planter... it will look gorgeous once the geraniums are in full bloom. And I must say your chicken-rice dinner looks scrumptious.... wish I was there! Thanks for liking my Mason Jar drinks. Have a great weekend!~Poppy

Ben said...

Beautiful garden, Martha! (I've got my basic planting done but still need to do the other things that go with it.) And your chicken looks very yummy!