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, June 6, 2015

The Last of the Summer Annuals

As early as I can in late winter,
I plant pansies in planters around the garden
I adore pansies
And they adore Kansas late winter
And early Spring
But once it gets hot
they start to fade!

The back flower box holds pansies from March through May

Sometime after Memorial Day I trade out the pansies
And sometimes I'm lucky and my summer plants are on sale!

And yesterday and today,
I replaced the last of the pansies in the garden

White begonias in that same flower box

A brick background, an iron pigeon and bronze leaf white blooming begonias

The wooden planter got planted with red begonias
But I left the pansies -- there may be some bloom left in them

The faux bois planter on the baker's rack in the garden
Bronze leaf red begonias

I'm not one for exotic plants for the planters in the garden
Give me traditional geraniums and begonias
They are workhorses in the garden and always give me a summer worth of bloom

We had our "days" today
A ritual of midwestern small towns
Booths, food, bands line the main street downtown
We eat funnel cakes and ice cream
Partake of BBQ for lunch
And sometimes find something to bring home

Today it was a new hummingbird feeder
I like it but, alas, it was not guaranteed
But we do have hummers that visit Linderhof's garden

Hung from the pergola where it can be seen from the breakfast room
And we can enjoy the hummer's antics!

After a busy day downtown, dinner needed to be easy

What we call macaroni and hamburger but which others call
Goulash or Slumgullion
It's an easy and cheap meal
And brings back memories of our childhoods!


Rue said...

Hi Martha :)

Your garden is looking lovelier and lovelier. I hope you can get a couple of pictures of the hummingbirds when they come to visit. I haven't seen any here yet.

Have a beautiful Sunday!


Lottie said...

Martha, we love our begonias and geraniums! They truly are work horses! Have a great Sunday!

Bernideen said...

Bringing new color to your garden with begonias really looks good! The goulash looks delicious.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Your garden looks so lovely to look at or to sit in........Well done!

Pat said...

Lovely new flora in your planters at Linderhof, dear one!!!
My pansies, too, are beginning to fade here on my side of the Prairie!!!
I need succulents!!! The West side gets the H O T afternoon sun!!!
Off on a "city" shopping trip tomorrow to see what is available!!!
I love your evening meal!!!

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Martha, you know I am a big fan of your beautiful garden and love seeing what you do to it! I like your hummingbird feeder, hummers are just so sweet and fascinating to watch!
Have a great week,