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, July 27, 2012


I always love summer for there are garden flowers to fill the house.     From the first daffodil through the last mum.    The flowers follow the season and even though they are perennials, it's nice to have them "visit" for a week or two.

But then came the summer of 2012.    Triple digits temperatures arrived in June and with the temperatures, there was no rain either.

It's tough on plants on the prairie this summer!     Even the sunflowers haven't produced like they have in years past!

And so, an unheard of thing in summer time . . .

Alstroemeria or Peruvian lily.    I liked the orange color

We bought flowers for the breakfast room.    In summer!    Unheard of!    But with no flowers in the garden, it became a necessity!

Food is a feast for the body -- flowers are a feast for the soul!

The breakfast room looking "normal" again with fresh flowers on the table.      The flowers always bring a smile to my face!     And today I smiled a lot.

It's a simple bouquet and just one kind of flower.    I often do that with store flowers.    Garden flowers can be a mix of whatever is blooming.

We are still hoping for rain but, alas, there is none in the forecast.    And although watering is keeping plants alive, they are not blooming like they should.     Sigh.    We shall be very happy when this summer is over -- when temperatures return to normal and our parched ground gets some rain.


Pondside said...

My son called from the east today and said that they'd just had the first rain in their town in nearly six weeks. We've had enough rain, but not enough sunshine. What a summer!

On Crooked Creek said...

The breakfast room looks lovely, dear friend!!! I adore that cabinet!!! I agree. . .this has been one Summer for the record books...and I'm ready to move on to the next Season...and vacation!!!
P.S. Would love to see more of that exquisite cabinet in the breakfast room!!!

Marilyn said...

An added bonus to the prettiness is that these flowers last such a long time!♥♫

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

I am so sorry for the drought so many are experiencing. We had a sort of drought until two days ago, but since then we've had a fair amount of rain. You've had much worse heat on the prairie, too. But we've had significantly worse (hotter) weather than is at all normal. I hope next year will be better.

Those pretty flowers look like alstroemerias which last a long time.

Bookie said...

I know your desire for flowers...a couple of weeks ago I almost bought a bunch at Walmart...then thought how silly of me to do so in as summer beats us to death, maybe I will take a cue from you and bend the rules for bought flowers now....yes, must feel our souls and minds too....

Mary said...

I live in the midwest too, and lots of stuff didn't bloom or grow right this year. We got no lilacs this year.

Bernideen said...

They look vekry lovely!

lindaraxa said...

Luckily our wildflower garden has been coming through in this heat. The roses...puny. I'm most worried about the cherry trees in the front. Leaves turning yellow and falling. What a disaster of a summer. Like you, can't wait 'til it's over!