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, June 22, 2013

From Pansies to Begonias

Spring is pansy time
I adore pansies and I buy at least two flats every Spring

Some go in the front planters
The ones that flank the entrance to the porch

While others go in the back planters
The ones that flank the back door
The door to the basement
The door -- back in the 20s
Where groceries were delivered
Where the servants came and went

But pansies don't last long in prairie heat
Usually around Memorial Day
they seem spent
And then we replant the planters with annuals

But we've had a cooler spring
And a wetter spring
And the pansies have been stellar this year
And I've enjoyed each extra pansy day
For pansies are one of my favorite flowers!

However, it has been warmer
(although it's still wet)
And the pansies started getting leggy

It's mid June
It's the longest that I've had pansies!

Often, by the time it's time to replace the pansies,
the annuals are on sale
Although the selection is not as good as it was earlier in the year

This year
The annuals were not on sale
but because of the wet and cool spring
there were more choices.

I have found begonias are a great pot plant for the prairie.
No deadheading and they seem not to suffer so much if we have a hot and dry spell
(as we often do)

Usually, I get red ones

This year . . .

I opted for white

With bronzy leaves 

Which echo the rust on the front pots

And the white looks fresh in the planters by the back door

It makes the side entrance seem "brighter"

And I love the name of this variety of begonias . . .

"Cocktail Whiskey"
Isn't that a great name?

And what pretty flowers!

Now . . . finally all of the planters at Linderhof are now filled with annuals!

Where they will keep blooming away until frost
And will be replaced with Winter evergreen!

It's Sunday and I'm joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.


Bernideen said...

Looks lovely!

Southerncook said...

I had to pull my pansy's more than a month ago, we heated up rather quickly. I am able to plant my pansies in Nov. so I get to enjoy them for more months. I am always saddened though when it's time to pull them up. I am now in the process of replacing other things in my flower beds that are spent from the HHH. I love your choice of begonias in your planters and the name of them, LOVE it.


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Pretty begonias. My pansies gave it up this past week. Summer is here!

Pat said...

The hue of your begonias combined with the planters @ Linderhof is breathtaking!!!
Luckily, we too, have enjoyed a cooler wetter Spring!!! Having live plants on our porch has truly been a treat!!!

The Tablescaper said...

The contrast of the leaves against the white begonia blossoms is lovely.

Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays!

- The Tablescaper