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.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

From Pansies to Petunias

Or perhaps it should read
from lettuce to petunias!
For we do plant lettuces in empty planters in February
to enjoy in the spring
But when it gets warm . . 
it tends to bolt!

And about the time we need to replace the lettuces
in June
the annuals are often on sale

And we tend to replant the planters one by one
(or sometimes two by two)
instead of one big "switch everything from fall to summer"
marathon of planting.

Saturday, we found some supertonics
in an interesting color

Which I thought would look good in Linderhof's garden
replacing the lettuces in the concrete planter.

And in the big planter under the kitchen windows
Although it really isn't a window box
Are pansies -- most of which were planted last fall
Not as lush as in year's past
because the April hailstorm decimated them

I always hate to see the pansies go
But they won't survive the 100 degree days of July
And annuals will
So we pull them up . . .
But not before

We clip the blossoms
to candy

The blossoms coated with egg white
Sprinkled with sugar

And left to dry

And while they are drying . . .
the petunias were planted
Love the purple and white purple against the bricks

A tin full of sugared pansies to garnish cakes and cupcakes this winter
At Linderhof, candying pansies is a rite of June!

It's Monday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday and Yvonne at Stone Gable for What's On the Menu Monday.


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Love this transition. The decorations in your window box are great too.

Bernideen said...

Your flowers looks lovely and the pansies - very nice!
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April said...

Those pansies are so beautiful, as is your home! I adore it's slightly old fashioned, little bit overgrown look. Just how I hope mine looks someday. :) I'm curious, what do pansies taste like??
~April (visiting from OTMM)

On Crooked Creek said...

Lovely petunias in your flower box!!!
Pansies are a rite of June...this one I must remember, as I oftened wondered when to sugar them!!! Love seeing them in your recipes and will mark them in my Gardening book for next year's project!!!