Monday, August 31, 2015

CREATIVE TUESDAY ~ CONTAINER GARDEN



"Rosemary in a Birdcage on the Balcony"

Do you have a porch, balcony or even just a kitchen windowsill? Chances are then at some point you've likely dabbled with growing plants from seed, potting flowers or even gathering herbs and so on — all the fun found in cultivating a CONTAINER GARDEN of your very own. Show us what you've done or what you'd like to see.  These were the instructions for the Theme this time around.

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I started with a pencil sketch on watercolor paper, added ink, and then completed it with watercolor and a bit of spatter and shading with prismacolor pencils.


I do have a balcony and I decided to make my container a birdcage and plant Rosemary.  I love the smell of Rosemary use it often in my cooking.  In fact last year I made fused Rosemary Sea Salt, and fused Rosemary Olive Oil.    Do you use Rosemary?

To see all the creative containers and gardens from the other participants, just click on the CT badge on my sidebar.

35 comments:

  1. I love your rosemary garden!!! I love rosemary, too!!! Sometimes I cut bouquets to sit on my kitchen counters since I have two big bushes!!

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    1. Linda, it may have been you that I got the idea for fused rosemary oil and salt. Wes that you??? I have to keep it small or it would over grow the balcony...they get big. But if you keep them trimmed they will stay rather small.

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  2. OOh, I so love rosemary. So, is this on your actual balcony? It must smell divine. And how lovely to be able to snip from it as needed when creating one of your amazing dishes in the kitchen!

    I love this, Wanda. It has a very French feel to it, actually. Love that birdcage. How very fun!

    Yes, me thinks we need a rosemary plant too..assuming, that is, one can find them not growing so large!

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    1. Thanks so much. Glad you like it. Michael I have to get a new rosemary plant from Trader Joe's...I use it up, and I have to keep it small on the balcony. The bird cage does have a French touch doesn't it? You can keep it small by just snipping the end. Rosemary chicken, and rosemary scones...rosemary salt.....etc.etc.etcv.

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  3. I love the smell of rosemary. My daughter has an herb garden and it is so refreshing when the wind carries the aroma. It grows plentiful. I love your paintings.

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    1. Thank you Bonnie....it does have a refreshing smell.

      There are also bushes of it around the Villa.

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  4. the birdcage looks to be a good idea to keep a garden contained. actually, I know nothing about gardening or keeping a plant a live but this looks good. great drawing for the CT theme.

    have a lovely day.

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    1. Thanks Lissa. I grew up with a garden...my dad had a row of every kind of vegetable, a row of grapes a row of berries, and several fruit trees. But my memories of that garden was hoeing weeds...HaHa.. And fresh berry cobbler. Now we have a very small apartment, so the balcony is only big enough for herbs.

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  5. Your sketches re wonderful. I have birdcage very similar with plant in it. Great minds think like :-)

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    1. Thanks Linda...They are perfect for a plant, and dress it up so much. Love bird cages..always on the look out for them at yard sales or Thrift shops.

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  6. Very fun! This is the first summer I've grown rosemary and it did very well. I just moved the pot inside so I hope it turns into a happy house plant!...I should try the infused oil or salt!

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    1. Yes, herb gardens are fun. Trader Joe's has the best small pot herbs. I've been out of the salt and oil, and I got gift happy and gave most of the little jars and bottles away ~~~but that also fun.

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  7. wow nice job on the painting - i LOVE rosemary and use to grow it at my old house - not sure how it would do in the mountains but i could probably bring it in during the cold temps and snow.

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    1. Thanks Sandy...Are you doing any Art these days? I think it would work inside. I love the smell of it. Always stick a sprig or two in the crock pot for stews and soups.

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  8. Love the idea of the infused olive oil!
    Would be great with balsamic as a bread dip!
    Enjoy your week Wanda!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. It's so easy and it's really good with the balsamic vinegar and bread... Enjoy yours too. Hugs.

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  9. I agree... French boutique. Very pretty - almost has a filigree feel to it.
    Had rosemary on pizza a few times... I liked it.
    I have a few essential oils that have that same fresh scent... mmmmm.

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    1. I love to put a sprig or two in my crock pot when doing stew or soups.

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  10. Love your rosemary in a birdcage Wanda! I don't use rosemary often, I think it goes well with lamb doesn't it?

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    1. Thanks Christine....I think is would go with lamb, usually recipes call for mint with lamb. I use it in a lot of things. Especially soups and stews.

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  11. Rosemary is my favourite herb and love the idea of planting it in a bird cage, very ornamental. A beautiful simple watercolour painting Wanda.

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    1. When you have a small apartment, and a small balcony you come up with some ideas that I never thought of when we had a big yard. Thanks for your kind words, Have a great day, Linda. Hugs.

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  12. I dont have a creative bone in my body, and the only thing I know about Rosemary is its part of the Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme song :-(. I do like the watercolor.

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    1. Ha ha.... I don't believe that for one minute....You have the most creative bones that take stunning pictures every day....You photography is your canvas and brush. Thanks for your encouragement. Hugs.

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  13. Wanda,
    What a lovely idea. I have rosemary, thyme, basil, parsley, lemon balm, and lemon thyme on my back porch - close to the house so the deer don't snack.
    Blessings,
    Janis

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    1. Oh Janis, after your list of herbs, I was sure I could smell them. Our daughter in Oregon before they moved into town, had deer eating her garden they loved her raspberry bush the best.

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  14. Sweet painting, I need to start painting again once it cools down here. My header painting is by my husband and a particular favorite of mine.

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    1. How wonderful that you and your husband both are artists. I love his paintings, and would love to see more of yours. Thanks for stopping by. Hugs.

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  15. Hi Wanda, I really like your birdcage. And Michael's right, it does have a French flair to it. I like that you also included your process. The splatter added it your piece as well. Besides killing plants, I'm not particularly fond of cooking either. LOL. Have a wonderful day. :-)

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    1. Tracy, we would have been good roommates HaHa..I like plants and cooking..You could do.....what would you do....HaHaHa. Thanks for you fun comments. Always enjoy them. Hugs.

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    2. Hee hee, I'd clean the toilets...or then again I'd hire a cleaning lady. :-)

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    3. In that case, I'll hire a cook and we'll go shopping!!!! HaHa

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  16. Wanda, I admire those who grow herbs. I have never tried. I have heard that some grow rosemary just to brush past it in garden for the fragrant scent. Love the painting. Bless you, xoxo,Susie

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  17. HI SUSIE. I get my herbs from Trader Joe's already potted. I've never started any from seed. I guess I'm lazy haha. But hard to kill rosemary...very hearty. Thanks for your kind words for my painting. Hugs.

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