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, July 17, 2011

The Benefits

I love to have company for dinner. The house clean and sparkling and smelling of lavender and the aroma of dinner wafting through the air when company comes.

And fresh flowers are a must at Linderhof -- garden flowers in the summer and florist flowers in the winter. Not on every tabletop but a bouquet on the breakfast room table and a small bouquet in the bedroom for I love to wake to flowers!

And dinner parties bring out the flowers for there must be fresh flowers on the dining room table when we have company!!!

Saturday night we had guests for dinner . . . and with the heat of this July, the garden flowers are "sparse" so I had to buy florist flowers for the dinner party. But not "florist" flowers but rather choices that looked like they could have come from Linderhof's garden!

Since we had 8 for dinner, we had all the leaves in and I felt that two bouquets were needed . . . and so two huge bouquets of yellow mums came home with me.

Besides the centerpiece flowers, I had enough in the two bouquets to . . .

Add some of the flowers to the Spode pitcher in the breakfast room which also had lemon balm and garden phlox.

And . . . there were still some flowers left so . . .

I picked some more lemon balm and added the yellow flowers to a crystal vase which I placed on one of the dining room end tables.

And today, when we put the dining room back in order (we took the table down to it's original size and put the leaves back in the closet) and placed our big blue and white Asian bowl back in the center of the table, we

Put the two bouquets on the dining room mantle where I think they look quite smashing!!!

The bouquets are ceramic artichoke tuliperes which make flower arranging easy whether it's tulips or another flower.

I love the fresh flowers on the mantle and I shall miss them when they are gone -- sigh -- but that is one of the benefits of a dinner party -- lots of flowers throughout the house the night of the party and for at least a week after.


Pondside said...

The benefits are sweet, Martha. I love to see flowers in my bedroom too. Any time I receive a bouquet I carry it to bed with me.

On Crooked Creek said...

Your choice of flowers are stunning with your blue & white dinnerware and accessories! I can just catch a scent of that aromaic lemon balm! Heavenly, I'm sure! Linderhof is a vision of loveliness!!!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

nothing better than fresh flowers! Your arrangements looks so fresh and beautiful

Bookie said...

Your flowers are lovely throughout the house and the dinner party must have been so pleasant. Friday night we went to a silent auction with wine and cheese. The rest of the weekend has been VERY early tea on the deck and then hiding from this heat. So thank you for sharing such loveliness with us tonight!


I buy them every week on sale at my supermarket, I love to have fresh flowers on my house, nothing better! Your flowers are stunning, just gorgeous! They look beautiful on your dinner table. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, FABBY

Rose Cantiero said...

Linda your home and treats for your guests. It's nice to see your hospitality.
A good day.


Linda a sua casa e os mimos para seus convidados. É agradável ver a sua hospitalidade.
Um bom dia.


Thickethouse.wordpress said...

The flowers are lovely! I thought the polished table and the blue napkins and deep yellow mums were glorious together.

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Your table looks lovely! I'd have loved to have been a guest, everything looks so beautiful. What cleaning products do you use to make the house smell like lavender? I'm growing weary of lemon, so clearly I need to make a change.

Martha said...

Patti -- I don't use lavender cleaning products but use lavender Lampe Berger oil and lavender candles if I burn scented ones. My favorite are Trapp. I also have bowls of lavender around upstairs and in the baths I have lavender scented smelly things as well as those oil sticks with lavender oil. So that's how my house smells of lavender which is such a clean scent!!!!

Martha said...

You'll see more of the table on Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Your home is beautiful...the flowers lovely...I am certain it was a wonderful party!

Barbara said...

Beautiful and interesting to see inside of your home when the outside is interestingly different.

Lottie said...

The flowers are beautiful!