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.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Pansy Planting and Afternoon Tea

It's Spring
Well, almost,
to me March is spring
Even the first part of March
I'm much too antsy to wait until the 21st
for the Spring equinox

And once daylight savings time is in place . . .
then it really is Spring!

And with spring comes flowers
In the planters . . . 
And spring flowers are pansies

In the front pots
This year a mix of pansies and violas

Pansies in the center
encircled by yellow violas

Although I'm a purist with summer flowers
(one color not only in the pot but in the whole garden --
for pot plants)
I like the riotous mix of colors of pansies --
yellows and purples and white . . . and an orange one here and there!

The planters by the back door
The door that leads to the basement
An elegant basement entry methinks

With their chippy paint.
Every Spring Husband Jim wants to paint
Not me -- I like them chippy!

Planting pansies is often cold and tiring work
Our first "hands in the dirt" time since Fall.

We need sustenance after being outdoors.
Sustenance in the form of cookies.

Italian Sprinkle Cookies
Made this time of year with pastel sprinkles.

Found in a cookbook just before Christmas last year
I switched out the suggested pastel sprinkles for red and green ones
and called them Christmas cookies.

It's Spring, the sprinkles are pastel and they're "Easter" cookies
(and they are -- they're called Angeletti cookies and were made for both Christmas and Easter holidays) 
I think it is quite appropriate that the first cookie I made after my trip is an Italian cookie!

The breakfast room is also the afternoon tea room
Blue and white, of course.
Spode Italian plate, cup and saucer
Spode Blue Room teapot

The cookies are small
Three are a nice number for tea!

An old Chinese bowl filled with glass eggs
My great great grandmother's glass eggs
I've never met her but I always feel a connection
every Lenten season
when I display her eggs.

The tea was restorative
As were the cookies . . . 
All too soon it was time to fold the laundry - sigh!

It's Wednesday and I'm sharing my pansies with Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.

For those who would like the cookie recipe, you can find it HERE  for I made them for Christmas -- with red and green sprinkles!     They really are a good cookie and seem to keep well.


Linda said...

Pretty pictures! I love pansies and violas! Thanks for sharing...have a great day!!

Deb said...

Pansies mean Spring to me, too. I just heard on the news tonight that we are getting more snow. Will it ever end? I want pansies.

Bernideen said...

Looking good here with all your spring pansies!

NatureStop said...

Your pansies and violas are beautiful!Have a great day!


Custom Comforts said...

Your pansies are beautiful. We're not supposed to plant our outside until March 17th. I've been trying to harden mine off so being put outside isn't too traumatic for them.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I usually pot up pansies first thing too and at least I got my fix until ours are for sale by enjoying yours. The basement entrance is nice flanked by two long planters, I like symmetry.
I'll be checking your recipe as the cookies look good.

Latane Barton said...

Love your pansies and the chippy planter. Glad you talk hubby out of painting it.

On Crooked Creek said...

The pansies are out here on our side of the Prairie at Wal~Mart!
I adore your pick of hues!!! I try to keep a tranquil, subtle color palette in our garden of greens, purples and yellows!!!
The cookies are calling to me...I think it is the pastel sprinkles!!!
Sounds as if life @ Linderhof has returned to normal after your Tour of Italy!

william said...

So pretty Martha! I know Dolly enjoyed helping you too. I was spurred on by you, and also planted violas and English primroses, which lift my spirits! The first flowers of spring always do.