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.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Sunflowers Up and Sunflowers Down

We're Kansans.    The sunflower is our State Flower.    We're even called "The Sunflower State"!    If you've gotten a Kansan quarter, there's one on it and there is even one on our State Flag.     Sunflowers grow well on the prairie!

And sometimes we grow sunflowers at Linderhof.    Never on purpose because the garden isn't really big enough but rather any sunflowers at Linderhof are gifts from the birds!!!!     The seed that we feed them in the winter is mostly black sunflower seed and it seems to grow very well in the garden.    If not pulled, it will grow and bloom!     We sometimes are able to pick a bouquet of these sunflowers for the house.     Which I posted about HERE.     I even made some sunflower cookies.

But last week I was a the market and there was a beautiful bouquet of really big sunflowers.    Home they came, into a blue and white Spode pitcher and onto the breakfast room table to brighten meals the following week.

Big beautiful sunflowers.

For most Tuesdays in August, I've been teaching cooking classes at the Senior Center in the little town 20 miles east of us.     It's been enjoyable and my theme has been "Cooking For One (or Two)" because it is sometimes hard to reduce quantities of things like ham and beans, soup or stews or lasagna into manageable meals for one or two.

And at the Senior Center there is a table of handmade items -- some embroidered, some sewn and even a quilt or two.

And on the table, I found . . .

These pillowcases.     "Kansas" pillowcases!!!!  

They're painstakingly cross-stitched on regular pillowcase fabric.    The cost -- a mere $15.    Surely not enough for all of the work involved!

And they look smashing on the guest room bed!!!!

And . . . friend Pat, another Kansan, posted about sunflowers this week that she has at her home, On Crooked Creek  and she featured these napkins.    
Picture courtesy of  Pat at On Crooked Creek

Twice, now, I've been at TJ Maxx and have had these napkins in my cart.      And each time I've put them back -- their April Cornell and the price is certainly reasonable but I just can't convince myself that I need them!!!!

A decision I will probably regret when they are no longer available!!!!

At least my pillowcases will allow sunflowers at Linderhof during the dreary winter when the only sunflowers at Linderhof are the seeds that fill the feeders!

It's Friday and I'm sharing my sunflowers with Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday!


Pondside said...

Whenever anyone posts about sunflowers I wish I'd planted some - they are the cheeriest flowers!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Gotta love the sunflowers. My wild ones are so tall this year. Crazy even in the drought. The birds do love them.

Anonymous said...

Oh I love sunflowers and I use a ton of the faux's. Can't get the real to grow. Love your bouquet in the pretty blue pitcher and your pillowcases are totally amazing. Hugs, Marty


I love sunflowers and I love those pillow cases, great find! I wanted for my fall centerpiece, but decided I'll use them come Thanksgiving for my flower arrangement. Gotta love sunflowers. Hope you can come visit if you have a little time. Lots of hugs. FABBY

Blondie's Journal said...

We have sunflower fields in Michigan and the sight of them actually makes me shiver...SO beautiful. Just a sea of sunflowers bobbing their heads in the sun!


Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Love sunflowers! They were the theme for our CSA farm's fundraiser dinner last week! Crown Point Ecology Center's Taste of Earth.

From the Kitchen said...

I think sunflowers are the most cheerful of flowers whether in a blue and white vase or stitched onto pillow cases!!


Bookie said...

Having grown up in the SE corner of Kansas, sunflowers are just part of me. Love them! I have grown a few and love the way they follow the sun during the day. Is there anything more bright than a field of sunflowers being raised as a crop? Enjoyed your post so much today!

Bernideen said...

Lovely sunflower theme post and so bright and cheerful! I imagine those Seniors had a blast!

On Crooked Creek said...

I LOVE this post!!! Not only did you highlight Sunflowers...but also, your love of Kansas! I, too, LOVE being a Kansan!!! I read each comment and see you have touched many lives with your sunny post! You've certainly made my day Sunflower bright!

The Norwegian said...

I did not know that the Sunflower was the Kansas flower. They look great in your Spode pitcher. Of course EVERYTHING looks great in a blue and white Spode pitcher!
The pillow cases are dear - and a nice touch in your guest bedroom.

Connie said...

I live in Kansas also and love sunflowers! I keep saying I'm going to plant some each of these days I'll actually get around to it. I especially love how the sunflowers look with blue & white. Thanks for sharing!

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

Lucky you that the birds deliver some sunflowers! How cool is that. I fell in love with them in Provence where they grow fields and fields of them. I would love to grow them at home, but they are too tall and big for our little perennial garden. I would have not been able to pass up those napkins either.

I'm fascinated by your classes for cooking for one or two. Last year we got my FIL a cookbook for one by Judith Jones and I liked the ideas, especially for leftovers, so much I bought the book for us too. Keep up the good work.

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

Sunflowers are so pretty :)