I put together this mixed lettuce bouquet from my garden as an unconventional hostess gift. I picked the lettuce 30 minutes before leaving the house to preserve as much freshness as possible. The leaves were washed and rolled in a moistened paper towel and aluminum foil. The gift tag is a wooden fork with the inscription, “Shirley’s Garden.” With a garden outside, I have food, gifts and beauty to share at all times.
My cousin Joanna Breckner was surprised by the bouquet and used some of it in the salad she prepared for us that day. Joanna loved the fact that the bouquet came with some “built in love from Shirley” and was both beautiful and healthful.
I was tempted to leave some of the soil on the lettuce to show its authenticity, but then I thought, “Yuck, I wouldn’t like someone to bring dirt into my kitchen, especially when I am entertaining!” Burlap ribbon gives the wrapped bouquet an organic finishing touch.
The colors from the different gourmet lettuces created a beautiful mixed lettuce bouquet! Next time you need to give a gift, check your garden first for a fresh idea before running out to the mall.Â What do you “gift” from the garden?