An Italian Deli In a Pot? : Daily Art Practice
I can’t believe it is planting season! With all the sickness (still ongoing) and school activities, I completely forgot to plan my garden. Thankfully, I have my garden journal from last year that I can use as reference. Last year, I tried planting certain vegetables and herbs in pots on my deck but they were ravaged by blistering temperatures. Pots do not hold water as well as raised beds so that combined with the heat made for a failed experiment. I had a quick trip to the greenhouse recently so that will give me a starting point when it comes to what plants are available. #1 on my to-do list this week is to make a list for plant shopping.
My quarterly column is up on the StencilGirl blog today. I am sharing a watercolor project with a fantasy theme. Here is a sneak peek of an ‘in-progress’ photo. To view the completed piece you can see it HERE.
Previously, I mentioned that my In-laws visited Germany and Italy. They brought me back this beautiful tea cup and a lot of pictures full of inspirational buildings. One of the places they ate lunch at while in Florence was All’Antico Vinaio. The sandwiches were packed full of meat and at a very reasonable price. They have restaurants throughout Italy and 2 in the USA. I used a reference photo that I found online since all I had to reference was a photo of a sandwich and the restaurant logo printed on deli paper.
When I mentioned it as the “building with the stone exterior” to my FIL he laughed and said, “They are all made of stone in Italy.” As you can guess, the stone exterior is my favorite with all of it’s rough but smooth edges from years of weathering. The various colors of stone and the hanging hams add so much character. If I ever make it to Italy, this restaurant will certainly be on my list of places to visit.
I am joining the tea day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. Today, I am sharing some home-grown herbs from my garden that I use in tisanes and tea, peppermint and chamomile flowers. I am looking forward to growing more ingredients this summer.
What is a must-have or favorite plant in your garden?
Happy Tea Day,