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.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring On The Prairie!

It's the middle of April!
It should be warm!
And Saturday it was -- like in the 80s
Today, not so much
More like the 40s
And tonight, it is predicted

Doesn't Mother Nature know that her children
are all a bud and a bloom?

And many will not survive the 20s which is the predicted low for tonight.

So I spent the afternoon cutting and clipping
To bring inside and fill vases
Which then filled tabletops

Or counters
like the daffodils which brighten the kitchen

A small bouquet of lilacs
on a tabletop in the living room

Or a bigger bouquet of lilacs

In a vase at the bottom of the stairs

And a silver pitcher on the sideboard in the living room

The pink tulips in a vase at the top of the stairs

And more tulips on the table in the breakfast room

I couldn't clip all of the lilacs
And it's a shame
For last year, we had one or two blossoms per bush
This year, all the bushes are loaded!

But I did take a photo of this year's lilac "crop"
So I'll have a remembrance forever of their beauty!

I love the house filled with flowers
But not because I have  to bring them in
or else the freeze will get them.

I prefer to have them inside because I want to
And enjoy a bouquet of each flower as it comes in bloom.

But at least these blooms will last for a week or so
And will brighten the inside of Linderhof
in this coming week.

And oftentimes, I even buy flowers 
like these beautiful white tulips I bought for the coffee table in the living room

Ah, had I known about the freeze . . . 

It's Tuesday and I'm joining Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday.


Bernideen said...

All your bouquets look beautiful. I am so sorry about a possible freeze tonight. I can't believe you have lilacs! We had snow last night into this morning. Tomorrow it will be warm again. Your pansies should be ok.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Ah, we are having snow tonight, too, so they say...But I am amazed that you have lilacs in bloom. It will be a month at least before they bloom here.

Barbara said...

Filling my house with flowers is exactly why I garden! So sorry you are getting hit with a freeze.

Denise said...

Love all your rooms filled with the various flowers from your garden, Martha. They look just beautiful!! How unkind of Mother Nature to send a hard freeze the year when your lilacs are blooming so prolifically. Lilacs don't grow so well in my region, and I really wish they did. Not only do they smell amazing, they're beautiful to look at too. I love your pink tulips and the white ones, as well.

I hope spring will be there to stay very soon in your corner of the world, Martha. Have a wonderful week. :)

Denise at Forest Manor

Rosemary said...

You have certainly captured spring inside! Wish this weather would be a little less erratic!

Suz said...

You have lilacs? Lucky you
We don't even have daffodils opened yet...just poking through the ground..and today it's 28 and snow!
But I love your idea of clipping the flowers and bringing them sense losing them outside
Your home sounds so cozy...did you make a fire in the fireplace? and make soup
winter sounds like it truly hasn't left yet....

racheld said...

What bountiful bouquets, and such a fragrance must be in your house! My own modest bringings-in consist of a big handful of jonquils and four pink hyacinths, and their perfume greeted me this morning as I came in for my coffee.

It's 41 here now, but a dusting of white still shows rimmed atop each branch of the luck-bush outside the kitchen window.

An indoor Spring is a lovely thing, as well, so we'll enjoy our blossoms until more emerge outside.


Deb said...

Your lilacs are beautiful, Martha. Our trees are taking a beating today as we have snow once again. It will go down to below freezing tonight. The lilac bushes were just starting to bud so now I don't know if we will have flowers at all this year. Such a shame. Your home is beautiful.

Beth said...

Beautiful blooms, Martha. Your area is WAY ahead of ours (central Iowa). The only things blooming here are a few daffodils, crocus, snowdrops, and squill. So surprised to see your lilacs already! Sorry for the freeze. Crazy weather this year.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

We had the freeze too but my tulips all look good. My lilacs have not started blooming. I hope the freeze didn't get their buds. Sigh. You have a lot of beautiful flowers inside. Enjoy!

lindaraxa said...

But Martha, you are in Kansas! We had a freeze this morning in Georgia! Luckily I had not planted the stuff I bought at the nursery this past weekend, although it was all brought inside. When is it going to end!!!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Gorgeous pictures, your flowers are stunning. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Marilyn Miller said...

I bought white tulips today too, eventhough there are flowers in the garden. For Easter I will add pink dogwood and lilacs to the white tulips. How do you get your lilacs to last a week? Mine don't last but a day or two once they are cut. I do hope you lilacs didn't freeze and are still beautiful outdoors, but I do love all your bouquets in the house too.

Pat said...

Spring on the Prairie is continually filled with challenges! Your Spring flowers look amazing on every surface in Linderhof!
EnJOY them . . .while. . .and where you can!!!