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 6, 2012

Prediction for Tonight: Frost on the Pumpkin

These pumpkins

Two real pumpkins and two concrete ones.

That decorate the front of Linderhof.

With the cooler weather this week, we started to "winterize" Linderhof . . . first we

The Master Bedroom

Put the duvets on the beds

The Guest Room

So everyone can sleep warm and toasty.

And then, because we MAY lose flowers to frost . . 

The reblooming knock out roses in an old blue and white milk pitcher.

We cut big bouquets and brought them inside.

Roses for the dining room.

All of the sunflowers in the garden and the few pot marigolds that were still blooming.

Sunflowers and pot marigolds for the breakfast room.

Normally, we move our plants inside on Columbus Day.    I've done that for years and years and years.
Rarely do we have frosts before Columbus Day.
In fact, I don't remember a year that we've ever had to bring them in early.
Except for this year!

The small plants are growing too big!

The citrus and a jasmine and my big Chritmas cactus in the breakfast room.

I love blooming plants indoors in the winter. 
Angel wing begonias in the sunroom upstairs.

And with temperatures falling this afternoon to a low in the lower 30's by morning. . .

There's something warming about a fire.

We had our first fire of the season, making us warm and toasty.

And . . .

The first pot of chili.

We miss the soups and stews of fall and winter.
And we're always eager to welcome them back.

I think Husband Jim is talking of popcorn later this evening.
It's another "rite of autumn and winter" 
Saturday night popcorn.


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Looks like you are ready for the cold snap. Us too. Put out a couple of pumpkins today and brought in everything we are going to. We'll see what morning brings.

Deb said...

Yes, and let's not forget hot chocolate. Oh that home of yours just makes me swoon. It is so lovely. We walked the dog tonight and had hoods up with the cold wind. It seems a bit early for these temps but then our seasons are very different now. We had the hottest summer on record this year. I love the Fall and won't complain one bit. In Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving on Monday. The year is flying by. Deb

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I think frost will miss us. Sure wished today that I had a fireplace. Chilli tomorrow as we watch the Cardinals play.

Linda said...

Martha, it is chilly here in Alabama today. The high will only get in the low 60's today. I am back hopefully with my blog please come visit me. Last year so busy at work but decided to retire in May so will have more time to visit with my friends, garden and cook plus play with my new grandchildren. Chili does sound good today and love your photos. Linda

Sue@sprucelakecottage said...

Its pretty chilly here in Ohio also...they're calling for frost here tonight. Your home looks so warm and inviting. I love your wing back chairs and fireplace. Looks like a wonderful place to read a book curled up with a hot drink on a cold day. Have a great day..Sue

Bookie said...

Yes, too cold for comfort. And now we hear it is to be colder tonight! Hubby out trying to drain some things we fear might make it at lower than 30...then I hope our nice autumn days come back. I am NOT ready for the edge of winter yet.

Michelle said...

Martha, do you do anything to your plants to make sure you're not bringing any critters inside? A couple of years ago, I came into the kitchen to find hundreds of ants crawling out of my Confederate Jasmine pot!!! A whole colony had set up house! I wintered my pots in the garage last year, but would really like to bring some inside this year...but I'm afraid I'll have ants again. Any suggestions? Thanks, Michelle