Linderhof


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.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Tulips and Eggs and Lambs, Oh, My!

Tulips and eggs and lambs, Oh, My!     That means that we've feasted on Shrove Tuesday pancakes and that Ash Wednesday has come and gone and we've gotten out our Lenten/Easter decorations.

The tulips -- which come to the market in early to mid February -- we buy a bouquet every Saturday and keep them in this blue and white vase on this end table in the living room.



We are at the mercy of the store as to the colors of tulips available.    If there is a wide variety, I prefer the orange ones but if there aren't any orange ones, we'll take whatever they have -- even pink ones!

On the morning of Ash Wednesday, we get our branches (we really like pussy willows) and put them in our favorite blue and white ginger jar on the dining room table.    Our beloved blue and white bowl goes under the sideboard for the six weeks of Lent!


Then out comes the egg carton which is filled with our precious German Easter eggs.    Twenty years ago, we took a Lenten trip to Germany and were enamored by the Easter egg trees we saw at each bed and breakfast we stayed at.     I had to bring some home and so we went to the German equivalent of Woolworths and for 1DM each we bought 12 hand painted hen's eggs.    


And for the past twenty years we've had our own Easter egg tree.    We are purists about our tree.   Only those 12 eggs go on it even though we've been gifted with eggs from friends.     For they are special eggs.

We've had some accidents over the past twenty years . . .


A crack and a hole . . .


And this one has lost it's bottom!    But we still put all 12 eggs on the tree every year.    It's tradition!


And like those bed an breakfasts we stayed at in Germany, our Easter egg tree has always been in the dining room as well -- usually on the dining room table.     It's part of Linderhof (for we had just been here 3 years when we made that trip) and part of our Easter.  

And our newest decoration . . .


These lovely French lamb molds.     Newer -- we've had them for four years and I love them on the breakfast room table.    Usually a bouquet of flowers is in a pitcher between the molds but we've been late forcing our paperwhites this year and so paperwhites are on the table!

When I said "newer" -- that is to us!!!    They are old old molds used to bake Easter cakes in France.


We think they're great Easter decorations and love the patina on these molds!


And they are perfect on the breakfast room table -- the only place we've put them after we got them.   For each table really needs a seasonal centerpiece and these lambs are perfect for the breakfast room!

It is Tuesday and I'm sharing my Easter tables with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday.

18 comments:

acorn hollow said...

It is so wonderful to look forward to easter and spring.
your decorations are wonderful
Cathy

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

What a grand tradition of your trip to Germany. They look lovely.

Bookie said...

Oh pussy willows for an egg tree. Wonderful idea. I had an Easter tree one year when the boys were in late grade school. They hated it, whined, fussed. Said it was crazy, only a Christmas tree was a valid holiday tree! They fussed so much I took it down a week before Easter and have never done it again since. Might have to reconsider after readying your blog!

Judy Bigg said...

Your eggs are fabulous. What a great share. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a message.

Southerncook said...

Martha, As always, your Easter decorations are just beautiful. I especially love the Lamb molds, what a wonderful "find". I am still in the process of getting my Easter decorations down and in place. Perhaps next week I will have that done.

Carolyn

kitty said...

What beautiful decorations!! They look so pretty.

Deb said...

I love the lamb molds. They are beyond gorgeous. I love Easter decorating and I will decorate a tree soon. I have a kitten in the home and will have to think of a new place for the tree, not the centre of the table this year. It would be just too tempting. Beautiful post. Deb=^..^=x4

A Haus to Call Home said...

I LOVE this post!!! I love everything about it, the orange tulips (I always try to find the orange ones for my dining room), the elegant Easter egg tree and the antique lamb molds. Your German eggs are beautiful! I'm hoping to find some Forsythia to get my tree up this year. Last year I used Pussy Willow and it was very pretty and lasted a long time. With young kiddos I use paper mache and wooden eggs, but I'm in love with the real ones you have! Everything is just gorgeous and I'm so glad you shared!
xo, Michelle

Pondside said...

I don't usually begin to decorate until closer to Easter, but your post is very inspiring. I love our Easter Tree, also hung with German eggs. Years ago, in Germany, I bought a lamb mold - it was new then but is now old! I've made a sort of pound cake in it and then dusted the cake with icing sugar - very sweet on Easter Sunday, when sat in a bed of Jelly Beans.

anangloinquebec said...

I am so glad to see this up close. I spotted it yesterday in your post on rugs but couldn't get a good look. It really is a lovely tradition and I love the effect on your table. Traditions really means so much more to me than simply decoration for decorations sake.

Honey at 2805 said...

The tulips and the egg vignette are so pretty! You new rug on the post below is fabulous!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love traditions like these! Tulips are a must here also and I'm hoping we'll have some real ones blooming by Easter.

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

You have interesting things. I love the Easter tree and the fact that you have the same traditions year after year. My pussywillows are popping out in the yard...it is really too soon, but the mild winter has pushed everything ahead! I love your molds...very cool!

Kelly said...

I really like your Easter decorations, especially those eggs! I loved the story behind them too. I have some faux pussy willow branches in my family room for Spring too.

On Crooked Creek said...

Martha,
Traditions add such fullness of meaning when repeated throughout the years. Your Lenten decor is lovely!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Beth said...

Love your Easter egg tree, Martha! You always make the table look special. That in turn makes Jim feel special and it inspires your readers. Love the spring flowers too. Have a glorious day and God bless!
~Beth

dee dee said...

Beautiful flowers, tulips are my favorite!
dee dee

Entertaining Women said...

Such special touches full of wonderful memories. I adore those lamb molds! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay