Last time Salem came to the studio it was just too hot to mess around with wool. So we went outside and cut some flowers and then watered the garden. Salem is one of the best people I know for combining interesting tastes and colors and, as you can see from the salad that she's holding there, her intuition once again did not lead us astray. We pulled up carrots and used scissors to cut beet green tips, onion shoots, deer tongue lettuce and red lettuce. We also carefully pinched off basil, Johnny Jump Ups and Nasturtiums. And then we headed back inside to the kitchen to wash and assemble. We tore up lettuce, cut the baby carrots into small golden circles of deliciousness (after taste testing of course) and cut the basil into long shreads.
Salem also wanted to chop up the nasturtiums in order to have many orange sprinkles so we did that. The results were very beautiful and the colors were very Salem. She packed it up and took it home for her mother as a Happy Birthday Salad. I was so inspired that I went out the next day and made myself one just like it for supper. My garden is only two 4x4 beds...although I can guarantee next year it will be a bit bigger. But it has been a wonderful addition around here. I have been making plans....maybe grapes, blueberry bushes, strawberry beds??? I'll ask Salem about it the next time she comes. She has a head positively teeming with good ideas.