Jun 6, 2014

~ broken pot story


Remember the terracotta pot from the front of my house? 
The one with the ginormous boxwood in it?


Well the boxwood turned brown along with all my other potted boxwoods, and when I removed the dead boxwood, the pot crumbled to pieces. Apparently, after almost 20 years, the frost finally took it's toll on the terra-cotta. Total bummer for me because I was not planning on spending a ridiculous amount of time finding another pot. Because let's face it folks, getting the same pot would be too damn easy, and that's not the way this girl operates. 

And so the search began…
I considered doing a pot like this one from Napa Home

And I found this beauty on Pinterest...

It is truly a miserable thing when you find what you want in a photo, and then can't figure out where it's from. Although I have experienced this misery on occasion, it is a rare occurrence, because I am a professional/obsessed searcher of the internet. There is rarely an item I can't find.

So I found this guy. But he is ginormous. Huge.

And his brother… also enormous and not right for the spot.

An anduze planter was an obvious option. It's french. It's charming. It's french. This was a favorite from Authentic ProvenceI just had to decide on a color, and there are plenty of gorgeous options to choose from.



While comparing colors and pondering my heart out, my always practical husband asked whether the new anduze planters I was considering were frost proof. I called to inquire and the response was heart breaking. The planters must be moved inside whenever I would move plants inside for cold weather. Anything below freezing would not be good… And of course that blows because I live in Nebraska, and our weather is totally unpredictable and freezing a large majority of the time… as in below freezing

So the search began for frost-proof anduze pots. And guess what? There are tons of knock-offs that are frost proof. The finishes are definitely not as wonderful as the original option, but I've already called the paint magician, Andy Moore, and a little paint might just do the trick!

I offer you the findings with sources linked:






Also from Ballard Designs...

For reasons including price, color, style, and size, I chose the Anduze pot from Frontgate. I ordered Celadon but they sent "sand" ~ a cream color. I figured I'm painting it anyway, except the topiary showed up and it's in the pot. I think I'll live with it this year and paint for next year...

So that's my broken pot story… 
My patio and pots 2014 post is coming up next. This has been the most difficult year EVER for getting everything planted and looking good.



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8 comments:

pve design said...

Jan,
You should write a novel because I always want to read more of your words. You have such a way with keeping us all entertained. Don't even get me started about several empty containers and searches for the "perfect" pot.....!
We gals like to have our life "contained" and things growing happily!
I laughed at the "broken pot" as having lived the same agony and despair over a broken pot.
pve

Jayne said...

You are a pro at finding product! I am impressed!
You were lucky to keep your pot as long as you did in your climate - I always brought mine in the garage! Love your choice!!!!

Marsha Splenderosa said...

Jan, this is a great replacement, my love. It looks 100 years old already and the plantings are fabulous. Since I don't often have to worry about freezes this was new info for me...very interesting isn't it? You see, I only have to worry about temps around 100 during summer. Yuck !
xx's

Perri G said...

Oh, Anduze, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways!!!

Jennings and Gates said...

I'm with ya sister. What is it about shopping for pots? I would rather shop for a bathing suit. And that's saying something. Glad you found what you were looking for! xo, N.G.

La Petite Gallery said...

Dog gone it, I am digging up 3 boxwood's that turned brown, dead as door-nails. There are some great looking urns and pots there.
yvonne

Cindy Weis said...

Jan the new pot looks beautiful, and I can't wait to see the 2014 pots, I know this has been a challenging spring getting everything done for me as well, (can't decide if it is age or just getting more unorganized as the days go on). Looking forward to the pictures.

Cindy Weis said...

Jan the new pot looks beautiful, and I can't wait to see the 2014 pots, I know this has been a challenging spring getting everything done for me as well, (can't decide if it is age or just getting more unorganized as the days go on). Looking forward to the pictures.