Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Memory and A Souvenir

In October
We spent a week in Sorrento, Italy
In the Sorrento City hotel

Our room was on the front

With a balcony

And the window box on the railing held a donkey tail sedum

Which could also be seen from inside the room

Of course, in Italy, it is an outside plant.

And our hotel wasn't the only one with trailing donkey tail sedum plants cascading down the front of the building.

I loved the little cascading sedums
wondering how I could get a start
and knowing that I really could not legally bring a start into the States.


So I didn't!

And what did I find today at
Home Depot?

A wee little donkey tail sedum plant!
In the breakfast room
In a tole cache pot

On the sideboard
Where it should be happy
For it will get plenty of sun!

Often my souvenirs  of trips are not the stuff that is sold in tourist shops
But rather things that I used or tasted or saw.
Real things!

Some brought home with me
But others, like this sedum, found here after I returned.

I shall remember our coffee and pastries on the balcony
of the hotel in Sorrento
where a donkey tail sedum was on the railing next to the table
Every time I see this little plant!

Alas, unlike Italy, it has to spend the winter indoors!

But it shall be a great memory of a great trip!

(Oh, and I got one for our friend who went with us -- they also had one on their balcony -- she doesn't know it -- it's a surprise for her!)

I'm joining Cindy at The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday.


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

That is a great plant for the new pots I got for Christmas. I need to check for one available here. Yours looks great. Thanks for the inspiration.

Martha said...

They have a whole bunch of sedums at our HD -- but these were a memory.

Anonymous said...

Hi Martha! Oh, what a pretty plant and looks like it will get lots of great sunshine on your pretty piece. We've been to Italy many times and it's one of my favorite places.
Be a sweetie and thanks for popping in to see me.
Shelia :)

Sarah said...

Martha, these are the best kinds of souvenirs. The sedum looks great in the tole cachepot. ;-)

Pondside said...

Martha, we like the same sorts of souvenirs. I come home with books, condiments, linens and bits and pieces from antique shops. Isn't your friend going to be pleased with her plant?

Martha said...

Oh, Pondy, she will, she will. And surprised as well -- really surprised!

I like using things from my travels everyday rather than staring at gewgaws in a cabinet.

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I have a fake plant like this, but I never knew what it was called. How nice to have spent some time in Italy! I just know it was beautiful!