Tuesday, December 29, 2015

- Seeing things another way

A couple of years ago I persuaded Don to buy a funky, but beautifully patinated chaise lounge at By the Bridge. My plan was to cut off the back and convert it into an outdoor coffee table for the breezeway. Long story short, it didn't work out.

So, the chaise sat on the back deck, unused. Until one day, one of us saw it another way ...


It is now a container garden populated by herbs happily soaking up the Texas sun ...


because of course we just happened to have long, skinny containers that fit perfectly between the bars of the seat. The potted plants we purchased in October have settled in quite well. The top row is planted with arugula (making a comeback after being harvested for a Christmas dinner salad with roasted carrots) and cilantro. The middle row has shallots (which substitute well for chives or scallions), leaf lettuce (started from seed) and parsley. The bottom row has mint, more leaf lettuce, and thyme. 

And yes, the lettuce is recovering from the hail storm two nights ago. We may get to eat it yet!

5 comments:

Marti said...

Seeing with a culinary eye, what a terrific way to use the chaise lounge frame. Those bursts of green are making me swoon. I can well imagine the taste of these delicious greens and herbs and what a tonic on this cold, grayish white, snowy, foggy day. Better even than seeing. I'm sure is their taste because when we eat what we grow, nothing compares to that flavor because we put our ability and faith in seeds, in dirt, in the elements and we are so rewarded for our efforts. You positively inspired me Liz to take a little trek outside to our backyard, everything pretty much covered in snow but here and there, are leaves of Rainbow Swiss chard leaves poking out as well as some frost bitten but hardy oregano.

Liz Ackert said...

Things grow better here in December than they do in August (as you well know). How much snow are you going to trek through???

Marti said...

Not much, about 3" but it is snowing again, flakes getting bigger. Walk in the park compared to living in WA.

Suzanna said...

Very smart!

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you ... we do get a kick out of repurposing things