I thought these cast iron pots might be worth sharing. Recently we found these at a local auction we attend on a regular basis.. It’s the type of auction held at the same location, same time every week, and you never know what may show up each week.
[ These are the iron pots. ]
What to do, what to do
Character like this is very hard to find, very hard. I attend a lot of auctions and go through a lot of garage sales, and do some plain old searching around, and to find three of these together is what I consider a major “get”. To say that I was very excited to win these . . . would be a major under-statement.
How will they be used? This is something I haven’t decided. I know for sure that we will keep one, and that pot will be used near the front door, slightly buried in a bed that contains a lot of “hot” perennials. What will go in here I have yet to decide.
It is the fate of the other 2 pots that I am unsure about. I may design them into a project that I am working on for another client. I may clean up one or both and display them in some weird way. Heck I may even sell them. I just don’t know.
As a designer I see numerous ways to use these pots in the garden.
[ Looking at them from a low angle. ]
Lets think about this for a minute:
- Obviously they could be used for annual plantings.
- How about for some type of perennials?
- The other obvious one is some sort of combination, or throw in some tropicals.
- Do the pots belong on hardscape?
- What about buries in garden beds?
- Maybe some weird shrub(s) pruned in some weird or unique way.
- Trees; small of course, a bonsai of some sort.
- In a formal planting, at attention on opposite sides of a prominent entry to a formal area.
- Turn one of the pots into a water garden.
- Place all 3 together in some sort of sculptural element.
- Rubbed down with a sandstone block to bring out a different look/paint?
- Use one or more pots with some other object to create . . . . . ? ? ?
What about you?
If these were yours what would you do with them.
How about if these pots were not yours, but they belonged to a client, then what would you do with them?
Is there a type a garden pots like this do not belong in? Is there a type of garden cast iron pots are perfect in.
Could it be this type of element transcends garden style because of it’s high character development/style.
Pictures, share some images if you have been lucky enough to have used pots this size.