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.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Reprise - Changes in the Breakfast Room

This was originally posted on October 11, 2009.   It is still a tradition at Linderhof -- bringing in the plants in the fall.     We arrived home from our New England vacation late on Columbus Day and thus, they did not come in . . . and they're still not in.     Obligations have kept us from that chore.    It is on the agenda for tomorrow for the plants are so big that I can't do it by myself and so I have to utilize Husband Jim for manual labor.     The breakfast room is cleaned and awaiting the plants.

I'm always eager to get them inside in the fall and then I'm always as eager to get them back outside in the spring!

It's Sunday and I'm joining Chari at Happy to Design for Sunday Favorites and I'm also joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.

This metamorphosis happens every fall when the breakfast room goes from the bareness of summer to the lushness of a garden room in fall and winter.

For the plants come in to their winter home.

The plants cluster around the windows -- to soak up the winter sun. The big plants (which husband Jim has to lug in) are a jasmine, the lemon verbena, a Meyer lemon (which this year has but one lemon), an orange, and a bay tree.
A faux bois planter with an arrangement of ferns and ivies.

Usually the plants come into the house on Columbus Day but lower temperatures on Saturday morning prompted us to bring the plants in early. Columbus Day is today and the plants are nestled in their winter homes and the breakfast room is transformed once again into the plant room.

Sadly, my bay tree fell victim to scale and so it won't be coming in.    It will have to be replaced next spring.    And the lemon verbena didn't make it while we were gone to England this spring.    I'll get another next year!


Yellow Rose Arbor said...

The room looks beautiful with all the plants around!


Blondie's Journal said...

Your breakfast room looks like a little greenhouse. How nice to have all those pretty plants keep you company during the colder months!

We, too, had to bring in several palms and ferns. It looks very crowded in our Great Room, but come spring, when we move them out, it will again look a little empty!! Can one have too many plants?! ;-D


Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

Ohhh my...I bet it IS a chore...bringing all of your plants into the house this time of the year! They sure do make your beautiful breakfast room look warm and cozy though...they fill the room up beautifully!

Thank you for sharing this sweet post from the past with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party this week!

Have a super Sunday, my friend!
Chari @Happy To Design

On Crooked Creek said...

I understand, dear...many of the herbs didn't do well on our side of the Prairie, either. Amazing, the chive I began herb gardening with nearly 15 years ago, still thrives. It was given, in an act of love, from the teacher with whom I did "team teaching" in Prescott! The sage has "kicked in" with the cooler temperatures and is looking promising for dressing in roasted chicken! Enjoy your herb filled "breakfast room"!

Anonymous said...

Delightful. You must really look forward to the change of season.

The Tablescaper said...

So happy that you chose to join Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper