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suewylan
North Fork, CA
(Zone 7b)

December 17, 2010
9:03 PM

Post #8265885

This garden area was spotted on the Christmas Home Tour in our town. This was a big pot, 2 feet at least in diameter. I'd cry a bit I think, but then.. do what this gardener did, I hope.

On my blog, I did a show and tell on what I do with my broken pots.

Using broken pots in garden: http://wp.me/p10S9N-em

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Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

December 18, 2010
1:52 PM

Post #8266726

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. :-)
sherryberry1942
Brady, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 18, 2010
2:28 PM

Post #8266780

Love it!
mableruth
Bolingbrook, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 18, 2010
7:17 PM

Post #8267151

I really like that picture alot. It has some that something extra that makes it look special some how. Thanks for posting it.
suewylan
North Fork, CA
(Zone 7b)

December 19, 2010
10:24 AM

Post #8267788

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?
mableruth
Bolingbrook, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 19, 2010
11:19 AM

Post #8267849

suewlan checking the nurserys is a really good idea. If I can remember it that long I will check that out in the spring.
ButterflyChaser
Northeast, AR
(Zone 7a)

December 22, 2010
5:04 AM

Post #8272102

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.
suewylan
North Fork, CA
(Zone 7b)

December 22, 2010
11:44 AM

Post #8272592

I agree. Broken pots can add an 'ancient' look to the garden, like is has been there for long. If we see any broken pots at thrift stores, too, we will now know what to do with those.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

December 22, 2010
12:00 PM

Post #8272611

Happy accidents! :-)
corrigandee
casselberry, FL

January 14, 2011
10:43 AM

Post #8310393

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...
blkraven2
Wells, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 17, 2011
10:58 PM

Post #8316490

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..

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

January 18, 2011
3:51 AM

Post #8316609

LOL. Agreed! :-)

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 21, 2011
3:00 PM

Post #8322923

Gives me ideas for the fairy garden I'm doing this spring
corrigandee
casselberry, FL

January 21, 2011
3:15 PM

Post #8322954

fairy garden ...sounds cool...what r u planting in it

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 21, 2011
3:20 PM

Post #8322965

I just got started and it's my first one...it's is going to become addicting!!!!! I am in BIG trouble. LOL

Found these on clearance

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flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 21, 2011
3:21 PM

Post #8322967

Bought these from Ebay, the first door came broken so she made me a new one then sent a bunch of extra stuff

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 21, 2011
3:22 PM

Post #8322969

the windows

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 21, 2011
3:23 PM

Post #8322971

and the plants I ordered so far...
http://www.bluestoneperennials.com/b/bp/AJCCS.html
http://www.bluestoneperennials.com/b/bp/FEDLP.html
http://www.bluestoneperennials.com/b/bp/GESWS.html

corrigandee
casselberry, FL

January 21, 2011
3:56 PM

Post #8323023

i love thier site...i am making a list of the things i want from there also...i love the fairy house...is it right to call it a house?...that seems like an awesome idea...

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 26, 2011
12:40 PM

Post #8331735

Nice use of color in the garden. I have a piece of broken sculpture.I'll use it for sempervives.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 26, 2011
12:50 PM

Post #8331755

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.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 26, 2011
12:51 PM

Post #8331760

nice
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 26, 2011
12:51 PM

Post #8331761

A piece of a pot is good for a sign.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 26, 2011
12:53 PM

Post #8331763

Freebie! Covers the roots of French Tarragon very well.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 26, 2011
12:54 PM

Post #8331771

Another broken one, again my own fault, covering clematis roots.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 26, 2011
12:56 PM

Post #8331776

Accidentally dropped this one but, again, it's great for the clematis and holds a lot of manure and compost, which the clematis loves.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 26, 2011
1:02 PM

Post #8331785

This saucer cracked but it's good for bird seed since it drains. I put the old empty hanging basket on top to try and thwart the crows. At least the little birds have a fighting chance.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 26, 2011
1:04 PM

Post #8331793

Another one used for a label. The plant died but the label lived on for awhile.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 26, 2011
1:06 PM

Post #8331800

Broken clam shells used to make my Eastham sign - our favorite place on Cape Cod.

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J2222
Southern California, CA

January 26, 2011
1:51 PM

Post #8331894

Pirl: Very creative. My favorites: the plant label and the bird seed saucer!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 26, 2011
1:56 PM

Post #8331906

Thanks. Those miserable crows still manage to get to the seed but the little ones hop right in and dine.

They do use the half whiskey or wine barrels around here, on their sides, with petunias flowing out like a river. It's very pretty.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 26, 2011
2:43 PM

Post #8332003

The bird seed thwarter is a good idea. I will use it to keep the deer from the seed.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 26, 2011
2:43 PM

Post #8332004

Great ideas, Pirl!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 26, 2011
3:38 PM

Post #8332089

Thanks. Many ideas are born from frustration.
stellamarina
Laie, HI

February 6, 2011
12:48 AM

Post #8356617

I have used pieces of broken clay pots as mulch on top of the soil of big container plants. Have also use pieces of broken dishes...I especially like the blue and white asian pattern ones.

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

February 6, 2011
11:36 AM

Post #8357388

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.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 6, 2011
1:27 PM

Post #8357534

I have placed parts of cracked pots under foliage where the soil is moist for toad abodes. Not sure they use them but they could, I have loads of toads around the pond in the summer.
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

April 16, 2011
12:28 AM

Post #8499144

I have a renewed sense of why I saved all my broken pottery. Here's my nest. I used EB 6000 for glue.

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curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

April 16, 2011
12:38 AM

Post #8499150

Here's something on another forum I made with one of those baskets.

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Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

April 16, 2011
1:04 AM

Post #8499157

Luv the pot with the birdie. Very sweet. :-)

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 17, 2011
8:25 AM

Post #8501728

Cute ideas curves!
bigbubbles
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 17, 2011
11:07 AM

Post #8501950

clever!!!
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

April 23, 2011
12:30 AM

Post #8514570

I found another broken watering can/pot. Need to get some moss, but it's like this for now. I saw a large broken pot that an artist painted a scene on the inside wall, cute!

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Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

April 23, 2011
2:42 AM

Post #8514633

This little pot is broken and cracked but just the right size for this along with its chipped lid and a few broken shards in the other container.

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Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

April 23, 2011
2:46 AM

Post #8514639

Now I'm actually thinking now about a mini-landscape of broken pots, etc. along the top of the block retaining wall.

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J2222
Southern California, CA

April 23, 2011
7:29 AM

Post #8515080

curves: very nice!

Cville: beautiful broken pot arrangement. Love it.

I think I'll go out and break all of my pots, now...
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

April 23, 2011
10:59 AM

Post #8515488

Cville, nice idea, you can see here I have quite a collection to use like you did, or I should clean it up a bit and plant succulants.

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curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

April 23, 2011
11:03 AM

Post #8515498

closer view.

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curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

April 23, 2011
11:04 AM

Post #8515500

chipped plate and more.

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Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

April 23, 2011
12:11 PM

Post #8515579

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:

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curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

April 23, 2011
9:29 PM

Post #8516632

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.

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curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

April 23, 2011
9:31 PM

Post #8516634

I got the cake candle at a dollar store and hide the broken part with the flowers next to it. Will probably do some flowers or ivy or? on the broken handle.

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Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

April 24, 2011
5:17 AM

Post #8516915

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.
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

April 24, 2011
5:40 AM

Post #8516942

E6000 is the one that I see most folks using. Is that the one that you meant?

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