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 15, 2014

Pansies and Tulip Trees

Saturday was a beautiful day
And with the mild spring
our pansies lasted a lot longer
than most years.

I bought a couple of flats of summer annuals
And said goodbye to the pansies

But first . . .

I clipped the flowers
for an annual ritual

of candying pansy blossoms
to decorate winter cakes and cupcakes

Eggwhite, granulated sugar and a parchment lined baking sheet

With classical music on the stereo,
I painted and dipped
Until I had a tray of pansies

Perfectly coated sugared morsels of delight!

Severe storms moved in early this morning,
We awoke to this . . .

Big branches of the tulip tree down in the back garden

There were some casualties --
the planter is broken
And some of the roses received broken branches
And under all of the tree branches
is a hydrangea -- or rather now a half a hydrangea
Those branches broke the plant in two!

As those branches fell, it hit the roof of the breakfast room
But all seems well with the roof.


lucy said...

Glad you guys are ok. Scary summer storms.

Pondside said...

The pansies are so pretty, Martha. I always enjoy seeing them on your winter baking.
What a shock that must have been, to see the branches down in your garden. I'm so glad that your house is okay.

Barbara said...

Yikes!! It is amazing what damage can be done in a short while. My own garden is beat down due to heavy rains the past few days. It was looking so good before that! Glad you and your house are fine.

linda said...

I am glad your home is in tact. I haven't heard anyone talk about tulip trees since I moved away from CT in 1993. We had 5-6 big trees and I was always amazed at the 3 differently shaped leaves and the beautiful waxy blooms. I miss them!

Pat said...

A shame about your damage due to the winds, dear friend!
The sugared pansies look divine!!!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Yikes. Glad it wasn't worse. The winds have been crazy at times.