A new antique urn is gracing the garden.
I was "watching" it earlier this Spring on Ebay then forgot about it after losing my brother.
Last week, I finally went back to my "watch list" & couldn't believe it was still there.
I think because of the price? I thought it was too expensive at first too but then, after what happened, I decided who cares??
Life is short ~ if it makes you happy, do it. I thought I might have "buyer's remorse" after I purchased it but I didn't/don't. It's just WAY too spectacular for regrets.
I know nothing of it's history other than it's numbered, very heavy (Iron???) and exquisitely detailed. I think the "ears" are horses (or possibly dogs???)
I did some quick research and found two companies (Mott & Fiske) that manufactured cast iron items around the turn of the century. I will have to examine it closely when I remove the plantings this fall to see if I can find any other marks (besides the number.) I didn't see anything when it arrived but I was so excited to plant it, I didn't take time to examine it thoroughly.
I hope you won't get tired of seeing it, because just as with my other antique urn, I'm thinking this one will be featured often!!
I planted it with Begonia 'Cherry Bon Bon' and a Yellow fan-tailed Scaevola.
Meanwhile my house is filled with peonies because it's raining so much they are doing nothing but flopping over. I had just cut some more & set them on the Trader Joe's Nectarine crate when I realized what a pretty combo that made.
Roses are starting to come on now too. A little later than usual. The pink (unknown name ~ already here when I moved in) are blooming.
Above: Framing the zinc thermometer.
Over the years, many people have asked me the name, I wish I knew so I could share it.
Whatever variety they are, they're dependably hardy even in our volatile climate which makes them a valuable anchor plant in the garden.
The rain I mentioned earlier has forced me indoors much more than usual for June. Today we received 1.8" in 55 minutes!!!! A lot for us!
As a way for me to be "in the garden" when I actually can't, I put together this quick card with one of my old rose photos.
So simple, just a beautiful patterned paper, leaf ribbon (Martha Stewart) and bow.
Hope you and your gardens are doing well. I want to get back on a more regular posting schedule. Earlier this year I was publishing a new post every Sunday. I don't know if I'll try to get back to that day or not but once I figure out what works for the summer, I will let you know so I don't leave you hanging. As always, thanks for all your support.