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, April 23, 2013

It's April!

 It's April
it's Spring
It should be warm

But it isn't
A Hard Freeze  is predicted for the prairie tonight.


It hasn't been the prettiest spring
It was warm early and plants grew
Then it was cold . . 
and warm again
and then cold.

The riot of daffs that we have in the early spring garden
are sparse this year.
There is foliage but not a lot of bloom!

This afternoon with "sleety" rain falling,
we braved the outside
to pick 

All of the blooming and budding daffs
At least we can enjoy them inside!

Each year I plant more and sometimes I get "different ones"
Can't remember the name but it's a ruffly and  fragrant one!

And these have always been one of my favorites
the pure white petals and the orangy center.

Last year we had a "Lilac Year"
which are rare on the prairie
for often once the buds have formed, there is a freeze
When there isn't, there is an abundance of lilacs
Alas, this year there isn't.

From my four bushes . . . 

This is the total of lilac flowers!
One small vase!

I love a house filled with flowers!
Even if a hard freeze is the reason . . .

the daffodils are on an end table in the living room

While I put the lilacs on the living room desk

They joined . . . 

The planned bouquet in the breakfast room.

We have a fire in the fireplace tonight, we're wearing sweaters and long sleeve turtlenecks
And it's cold outside.
But at least we haven't had any snow
although some is predicted (with no accumulation)

Everyone on the prairie will be glad when this winter is finally over!

It's Wednesday and I'm joining Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.    I wonder if we'll see any April snow pictures?


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

The flowers look good inside. Stay warm!!!

Lindac said...

Those flowers look lovely, especially the Lilac, and may I just say that your intro at the top of your page is lovely, I so want to visit you now for a cup of tea and a biscuit :)

Thank you for sharing


Lea said...

Pretty flowers!
Hope you get better weather soon!
Lea's Menagerie

donna baker said...

Martha, it is painful especially when our last average freeze date is the end of March. Hopefully, this means we won't have a repeat of the past summers of extreme heat and drought.

ingrid said...

Love your blog! Thanks for sharing
Love from the netherlands