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.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A Reminder of Spring . . .

The house in January
always seems so sparse
Cold, often, like January
Hard surfaces and nothing to soften . . .

But in the breakfast room,
Spring does come in January!

For the orange tree blossoms
and fills the air with the heavenly fragrance of orange blossoms!

And the paperwhites start blooming
Their "strange" perfume adding to the fragrance wafting from the breakfast room

And my eyes always light up

When the tulips show up at market.
I buy a bunch every time I go to the store
And plop them in vases or pitchers scattered around the house
(I like them blowsy!)

With the floral fragrances 
And the blossoms

This really cold and really dreary day seems less so.


Canadian Chickadee said...

I prefer to think of the house after the Christmas decorations come down as being calm and serene, decks cleared and ready for all the wonderful new adventures the new year will bring. And I love adding flowers, especially pristine white ones, like tulips and roses. Without the clutter of Christmas, the flowers come into their own beauty.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

We do need flowers in the house in January, and February, and March.......But especially now!

Deb said...

I agree, Martha. Flowers change everything. Stay warm. Deb

Pondside said...

The flowers are all so lovely, and add to the feeling I love after the excess of colour at Christmas. The tulips are in the shops now and I love to have a big pitcher of them in the kitchen. I always pick pink and yellow for that room.

Pat said...

From the orange blossoms, to the paper whites, to the tulips. . .Linderhof never looked brighter and lighter with these amazing white blossoms!!!

Libby said...

Oh Martha, I agree, I agree! I just did a post on Friday about buying grocery store flowers (they've come a long…way!) to bring some much needed color in January. I adore Paperwhites, and luckily so does my husband: but many people really can't abide the smell. Too bad. And tulips. Well, don't get me started. My favorite flower, that's all! Stay warm!

Michelle said...

Your place is always so cozy. Your flowers make your home so fresh and cheerful in the middle of winter. Take care!