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Ooooo ... that's definitely worth at least a few tears. :( But what a lovely way to salvage that disaster! Thanks for sharing the picture. I think it encourages all of us ... especially the klutzes like me.
I wonder if you kept in contact with local nursery owners, you could ask for any broken pots like this??? Also, notice that the mushrooms are artificial. It would be fun to set up a llittle scene like this, huh?
A few years ago, I toured a local gardener's garden. She had tried to move a big clay urn and dropped it and broke one side of it. She planted it in the garden, like the one in the original post. And she planted it to look like plants tumbling out of it. It was so pretty and I know I have a picture somewhere but I can't find it. The snow and ice broke one of my hen & chicks pots so I planted it and put different sedums in the different holes and the mouth of it so it looks like it fell over and settled into the earth. I love clever ways of using our mistakes--happy accidents, Bob Ross always called them.
well to share my experiences with checking with nurseries...i was asking around this past spring for broken pots...besides the crazy looks i recd...they all told me that they could send them back to manufacturer for credit if they were broken...but it doesnt hurt to ask...so i just bought a big pot(planter) and put it on its side with rocks and vines spilling out...i had lots of compliments...
thats what happened to me too but I found some pots at junk stores with cracks and chips that they gave to me a really cheap.. it they had been in good shape they would have been more. So just keep looking and checking places out.. oh and even if they say they are going to send them back check the dumpsters if you can, sometimes the company tells them not to send them back so they trash them anyway.. I always figure once its in a dumpster its fair game! ( unless the dumpster is behind a locked gate)...lol..
I've used broken pots for many years in the garden. They're very useful to protect the front of clematises from too much heat and they give an ideal spot to load it up with manure and compost each spring.
Around here nurseries will give me any broken pots for free.
I left this chicken out one year and he broke in three pieces but it's still good for the young basil.
So many clever ideas for broken pots. I have a terra cotta pot that broke and I've been saving it to use in the garden. Maybe on my day of dumpster shopping I may run accross a few broken pots, thanks for all the ideas.
Ooooo, curves, that is a great pile!! Lucky you. The more I think about it the more I'm seriously considering some sort of broken pottery sculpture or design across the top of the old concrete block retaining wall.
I particularly like that cruet (?) in your first picture. It has the look of Talavera pottery from Mexico. I do like that look and it would be great to do the top of my wall in that type of look.
More cracked and chipped pottery glued together with good ol E6000:
I'm about to run out of E6000! That's great for everything. Will have to post what I did with a broken tea cup and saucer. That talevera look I love. I was sick when that broke, but may find a new way to use it.
That is really sweet. What a good idea to make candle holders from broken cups and saucers! Perfect!
I am so glad I saw this thread. It has sparked my imagination. Now I am excited to do something across the top of the retaining wall. Old concrete block walls (or new ones for that matter) aren't usually the most attractive feature in a landscape. :-D)))
I know there is a good glue/contact cement that bonds instantly. Do you know the name of it? I meant to write the name down when I heard about it but, alas, didn't. Instant bonding makes me nervous but you need sometimes that when you are working on a vertical surface.