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 6, 2013

The Pansies Are Back!

I adore pansies
And they adore the prairie
Except for summer
When it is far too hot 

The back flower box can be seen from the breakfast room
And pansies are always planted there
For pansies always make me smile.

But come summer, the pansies must be replaced
An I usually plant begonias
Begonias don't bolt, if they don't get watered every day they're okay
They like our summer heat.

This year, however, I planted

They were pretty when they were first planted
When it wasn't too hot
And it wasn't too dry.
They bolt and get too leggy
I've stopped planting them
But somehow, this year, I had petunia amnesia

But the winter pansies are at the nursery
And so I bought a flat

To replace the petunias in the back window box
(I love the autumn shadows on the back of the house)

And with a couple of leftovers

I pulled the petunias from this pot
And replaced them with pansies.

There is something comforting about pansies and fallen leaves.

After pansy planting,
A girl needs refreshment
And since it was half past three
I put the kettle on

And with a wee bouquet of pansies that I picked from my just planted plants,
I decorated the table in the breakfast room.

Since I was celebrating pansy planting,
I used the china Spode Camilla with the gold trim

And since it was fall, the nosh was pumpkin bread
Old fashioned pumpkin bread
Just pumpkin -- no raisins, no nuts
my grandmother's recipe!

Pansies planted
And admired both inside and out
And a cup of tea to warm one up.
For it feels like fall on the prairie this weekend.

The duvet has been put back on the bed!
It's good to snuggle under feathers!

It's Monday and I'm sharing my window box transformation with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Met Monday and my tea with Yvonne at Stone Gable for What's On The Menu Monday


Pondside said...

I love the fresh look of pansies in the pots and window boxes after the petunias of summer have gone all leggy and ragged. I'll be looking for some bright blue pansies with yellow centres.

Martha said...

They had some of those -- I had given up on petunias and I got lured in again this year -- I should know better!

Unknown said...

Oh wow, I came here because I wanna thank you for coming over to my place.My Banana and white chocolate cake has caught your attention and yes,I cant blame you..its a yummy cake.You have a lovely place here and seeing your home has made me nostalgic..I miss home suddenly.

marilyn r said...

My grandmother used to pinch the tops off of new petunias, so they would branch out instead of growing one stem.

Beeutiful by Design said...

Pansies are so cute, love your Spode.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Signs of fall for sure!