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.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Flowers For the Table . . .

The breakfast room table always has flowers on it during the summer (in the winter, not so much for we rely on florist flowers and often we keep a fruit filled bowl on the table). The summer of 2011 with it's "high" triple digits temperatures has done a number on the flowers in the garden and there are not as many blooms out there as in previous years.

Thus we have to rely on florist flowers. We like to use one of our blue and white Spode Italian pitchers for flowers -- it just seems natural on the table we think.

And last week when we were in Nevada, friend Shirley Ann and I had lunch at a sweet shop, Bella Rose which besides selling lunch, sells flowers. They had these magnificent blooms and both Shirley Ann and I brought some home.

Each petal looks as if it had been touched by white paint. And they looked superb in the blue and white Spode pitcher.

They made a great centerpiece for an easy dinner . . .

of a small baguette with sea salted chive butter, a plate of spaghetti and a green salad.

One of our favorite meals, a heaping plate of pasta tossed with homemade pesto and given a good shower of Parmesan cheese.

We love our flowers on the table for I feel that I'm feeding both the body and the soul -- the food is for the body and the flowers are for the soul.

I'm hoping that our cooler weather will encourage the garden flowers to bloom and that we will be inundated with blossoms in September and early October!

Time passes quickly, summer in on the wane, and soon it will definitely be florists flowers for the table!

It's Wednesday and although it is florists flowers, they are still flowers and flowers fill the outdoors (and when picked, the indoors) with color. I'm joining Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.


Bernideen said...

That meal looks very delicious right now! Actaully, all your meals look delicious!

Kathy Walker said...

The pasta looks delicious...and the flower....gorgeous!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I always have flowers from my garden on our breakfast table. starts the day off right!
and dinner looks scrumpshish!

afternoon tea said...

As usual, that looks great. You have a real talent there not only in the cooking, arrangement and photography but also in an amazing ability to express yourself.

The flowers are beautiful no matter where they came from. Our flowers took a real beating this year also. First it was cool weather, hard rains and big winds. Then it was the dry spell with scorching heat.

Pondside said...

It all looks so pretty - you make every meal special.

Bookie said...

Your meal has a quiet elegance about it. Wish I could share it with you! Yes, the heat has taken a toll on all the growing things. Our shrubs are brown one third of the way down. Someone said not dead, only sun burned. Will see I guess.

At the farmer's market, I got a couple of the first acorn squash. They are gorgeous colors but so fall looking! I wonder, did the sun dry up the pumpkin flowers? Will we have pumpkins? In the fall, squash are almost as good as flowers on a table.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Your meal looks delicious..Mr. P loves pasta. hugs ~lynne~

Jocelyn said...

Your flowers are beautiful and the pasta dish looks delicious.

Jocelyn @

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Your beautiful and gracious table is often the star of your blog. And for good reason. Mmmmm....pasta is such delicious comfort food!

The Old Parsonage said...

The table looks wonderful - the flowers, the food and the dishes - it all looks so inviting!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Light and Voices said...

I could eat pasta once every week I love it so much. Your tablescape looks divine!
Joyce M

On Crooked Creek said...

That meal looks mighty tasty, dear! I agree, the flowers on your table do look as if touched by an artist brush! Lovely post!