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, October 13, 2013

Another Rite of Autumn -- Bringing the Plants In

As there are Rites of Spring and Summer
There are Rites of Autumn

For more years than I can count
"Columbus Day"
(or Columbus Day weekend)
is the day we bring in the houseplants
from their summer home
to their winter one.

Now, it means a good clean of the breakfast room
for most of them, the breakfast room is their winter home

And although we do decorate for seasons,
some of that seasonality
is simply changes
like bringing in the plants --
taking out the plants

Today was the day --

 From the dining room into the sunroom
A few plants
The rose geranium never got moved out this year
and it liked it's space
And so we left it --
it grew with wild abandon
If you lived closer I'd give you a start!

The plants -- big and small in front of the sunroom windows
Where they get plenty of light
A western sun
But in the winter a wan Western sun

And the east wall of the breakfast room

The table is in the middle of the room
under the chandelier
The fan is back in the basement
In it's place is the orange tree
Bought years and years ago
in Ohio when Daughter Sarah lived there
A wee plant
It likes Kansas!

You can see the orange tree
Full of little green oranges
The table is pushed up against the wall --
Sadly, it only seats three --
although we could  move it if we needed to
It would be a bit crowded with the plants . . . 

But I like it there --
We moved it there originally earlier this year
when we were gone and we needed room for all of the houseplants
And make it easier for our plant waterer
We liked it and left it that way until we moved the plants out in May

From the door to the garden

You can really see the sideboard
And all of the blue and white
With the table pushed against the wall
And the plants -- the line of greenery on the right
And the orange tree -- 
If it gets much bigger, I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it!!!!

Looking out the back door.

More spacious!
Doogie thinks so too!  
He's pondering whether to go out or not!

And what does one do when one finishes
bringing the plants in?

Have tea, of course!

I made a cake
Squidgy Lemon Cake
One of my "Friends of Linderhof"
Marie has great recipes
And this isn't the first one I made.

We had a late breakfast
And so a sweet for tea was much welcomed
Especially after hoisting plants into the house
Big potted plants!

 And of course, it has to be blue and white!
All Spode Blue Italian
except for the pitcher
And it's antique blue and white
From the 1880's era
The table cloth is a damask cloth that someone crocheted edging on.
It's old and has been well loved.
I adore linens like that!

It was nice taking tea in our new "digs" this afternoon
Surrounded by plants who were stretching their branches to the sun


Makes one 8 inch cake 
Moist and buttery cake flavoured with lemon and orange with a lemon curd swirl throughout and a tangy lemon glaze.
175g golden caster sugar (scant 1 cup)
175g unsalted butter (3/4 cup)
3 medium free range eggs
2 TBS orange juice
175g self raising flour (1 1/3 cup)
the finely grated zest of two oranges
(wash them well first)
5 TBS good quality lemon curd
125g of sifted icing sugar (1 cup)
the finely grated zest of 1 lemon
1 TBS freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 170*C/325*F/ gas mark 3.   Butter and line a deep 8 inch round cake tin with baking paper.   Set aside.
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.   Whisk the eggs together and beat in a bit at a time.  Beat in the orange juice along with 1 TBS of the flour.  Sift the remaining flour a few times and then fold it in with a metal spoon.   Spread into the prepared pan.   Whisk the lemon curd together with the orange zest.  Dollop over top of the cake randomly.  Using a fine skewer, swirl the lemon curd mixture through the batter.

Bake in the heated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until well risen and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.  Allow to cool for five minutes in the tin before removing. 
Sift the icing sugar into a bowl.  Whisk in the lemon zest and juice, stirring well to mix.  Spoon over the cold cake.  Allow to set and then cut into wedges to serve.

I'm joining Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Met Monday and Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday and Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday and Yvonne at Stone Gable for What's On the Menu Monday


lindaraxa said...

Oh dear, that IS a sad ritual. I went through it myself last weekend. Well, at least there is the consolation of planting new bulbs for the Spring.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

It is nice to have all that life in the house for winter. You have good windows for your plants.

GardenOfDaisies said...

That sounds like the perfect place for them during the winter.

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Looks like you have the perfect winter spot for your plants. I love your orange tree. I planted a lemon tree for the first time this Spring. I now have lots of little green lemons. It's taking forever for them to turn yellow. Gardening definitely takes a lot of patience. :)

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh and they look so pretty in your room. Gorgeous setting. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Lottie said...

From South Carolina, this seems so early to take in plants. Pretty soon we will be covered in leaves. Right now, the acorns are attacking! You have such a beautiful breakfast room. Thank you for the recipe!