Potting Bench Gifts of Herbs, Flowers, and Food
I love gift giving probably more than the recipient loves to receive the gifts that I give.
One of my favorite gifts to give is the gift of anything in pots.
Herbs, Flowers, Plants…
Especially in little pretty pots.
Here are a few examples that I put together this spring to pass out to family and friends.
Gift of Herbs for Veronica’s Kitchen
Rosemary and Lemon Thyme, for her Chicken
Gordon and I are trying to get her to eat healthier now that she has a home of her own she’s too busy to cook. She’s been living off ‘fast food’ for the past few months but she does love to cook chicken. We’re trying to get her to incorporate more herbs into her diet. Fresh herbs help to stave off cancer. So we have chosen two herbs for her to cook at home with her chicken dishes.
Pretty saucers are a favorite of mine.
Julie’s Potting Bench
This spring Gordon and Brodie created this lovely potting bench patio for me. A lovely place where I can work on my herbs, plants and flowers. A place that I enjoy very much.
This is the landscaping project that Gordon and Brodie made.
It’s a Beautiful Area for all of us to Enjoy
Recently, we used the potting bench as place to showcase some nice garden inspired desserts.
This Just Says Spring To Me!
Hand Painted Pots
When we were living in Hawaii and my kids were little I always had them to do craft projects with me. We would literally paint anything that we could get our hands on. Flower pots, tiles, coconuts…..
But pots were a favorite as I did Craft Fairs and they would usually sell.
The above example is one that I did, one that Veronica did, and one that Brodie did. I guess you can tell which one Brodie did. 🙂
This is Beautiful To Me!
Lots of Pots, Soil, Watering Cans, Gardening Gloves, and Tools
Calla Lily and Some of my Pots
I Love Lavender
It looks lovely in whatever pot I put it in.
Plant top right, Snow White!
I LOVE Chopsticks in Plants
Here I’ve got some lemon thyme, some basil and a few jade plants.
The colorful blue and green pots I purchased at the Dollar Tree.
Gordon filling in some of our leftover planters with some pansies.
Cake in the Garden Beside the Pansies
I Like Placing These Pretty Potted Herbs Onto Vintage Saucers
Herbs and Cupcakes
The little painted pot to the left was painted by my son Brodie when he was very young, probably 5.
The cupcakes are from my Potting Bench Dessert Blog and yes, those are real chocolate covered bugs!
For the Recipe see:
Cute Calla Lily Gifts
I got the idea the make some Calla Lily tea sandwiches, although the idea was a good one, the execution was a bit tricky.
Here are my Calla Lily Tea Sandwiches
They work better laying down on a plate.
How To Make the Sandwiches
White or Wheat Bread
I used a regular cream cheese and I also had a seasoned cream cheese as well. To make the seasoned cream cheese I simply added a dry packet of Good Season’s Zesty Italian mix to one 8 ounce cream cheese.
You want the cream cheese to be at room temperature.
I used sea salt as soil for my “standing” calla lilies, but always use a plastic bag in these pots because they are not safe to eat out of.
I thought about also using some crushed wheat crackers if the salt idea didn’t work.
NOTE: The salt doesn’t stick to the spring onion but it does help it to stand up.
I used some White/Wheat bread here. Make sure it is fresh and you want to cut out a portion to be used as the “flower”. I tried doing it by hand, photo left, but it worked better when I used a cup to carve out a portion.
Once you have cut out an oval shape for the calla lily flower, then spread the cream cheese onto it. Next place your spring onion onto the “flower” and use toothpicks at the base of the “flower” to secure.
It’s Starting to Take Shape
I did add some extra spring onions to the pot to help secure the calla lily sandwich ones.
For the extra “greenery” I added some of our garlic chives from our herb garden.
The lovely plant to the right is called a ‘string of pearls’. It looks just like peas to me.
The little oil can was my grandfather’s. I took it from his garage after he died and I’ve kept it ever since.