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, August 16, 2014

Roadside Flowers

When garden flowers are sparse at Linderhof,
I turn to the roadside where wildflowers grow with wild abandon,
blooming no matter how hot or how dry it is.
Wildflowers are a tough little plant!

This morning with nothing but a few blooms on the knock out roses,
Doogie and I headed out with basket and scissors

And came home with a big bunch of black eyed Susans

Separated, they provided bouquets

for the dining room table in a crystal vase

A crystal rose bowl filled with the "short" ones!

In one of my favorite blue and white old transfer ware pitchers on the breakfast room table.

And a bouquet in the living room
in an old Mason ironstone pitcher

Flowers make me smile
Spring, summer and fall provide free flowers
for the house
Some weeks more bouquets than other weeks
But there is always a bouquet on the dining room table and the breakfast room table

Come winter, some of the old export bowls will be filled with fruit
and used as a centerpiece
But market flowers, however, will fill at least once vase in the house.

I cannot live without live blooms on one of my tables!

And I'm a purists.   I mostly prefer just one kind of flower in a container
I'm not much of one for a mixed bouquet.
Perhaps, because of those "cheesy" mixed bouquets that you find
at discount retailers.

A bouquet full of one kind of flower
Makes a statement I feel
And so, mostly, at Linderhof,
bouquets are made from one flower.

I'm smiling this Saturday as the house is filled with cheer
with these perky wildflowers on so many tabletops!


Pondside said...

I like to do that too, Martha. Right by my hand, as I type, is a white Kaiser vase full of Queen Ann's Lace and rugosa roses.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

That's a great flower for your blue china!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

The black eyed susans looks pretty in your vases. I'm flexible to mixed bouquets or all one type of flower, whatever the garden has to offer and the grocery store florist shop.

Elizabethd said...

They are so pretty, and not a flower that we see in the wild here.

My Little Home and Garden said...

As I write this, I have a small bouquet of Black-Eyed Susan blooms on my desk. I can appreciate your fondness for them as they lend such a colourful bit of cheeriness to any spot, Martha.