Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The long wait

It has been pouring with glorious rain, the past few days and we are very happy.
After the dry, hot summer spell we have been having it was lovely to get back out in the garden again and plant out a few plants.

My belated Christmas /birthday present has finally arrived  and the long wait was so worth it. I have always loved these wonderful Anduze pots. They were imported from France and after the wait of over 11 months, happy to finally have them. 

The pots are made in the small town of Anduze, located in the South of France, since the 16th century. The design has endured and Artisans are still making these beautiful garden urns by hand, the same way their anchestors did.  They come in many colours,
we chose the Antique Patina and love the garland of flowers and ornate design.
We chose a Standard ' Prunus Nobilis Bay Laurel' to plant in them and this plant is great, that it is evergreen, has fragrant leaves and is ideal for cooking.

Goodbye February
Welcome March!  
Enjoy the rest of the week


  1. That's a long wait for pots but they are lovely and the history behind them worth it. The town I am from in Mississippi is called Laurel; it was named after the laurel thickets found around the area at the time of its founding. Happy March to you! Tammy

  2. I'm welcoming the month of March as we inch our way here toward Spring. Your pots are lovely and such a nice size. A very nice addition to have.
    All the best,

  3. Dearest Carolyn, so happy to hear, you finally got rain! This is good!
    Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week, sending much Love and hugs and blessings to you, my dear friend!
    Hopefully nex week I can be back to normal ;O)
    Claudia xo

  4. Hello Carolyn,

    Enjoy those pots, its lovely that you have a useful plant that you can use in your cooking. I love going out into the garden picking and then cooking with it. How lucky to have some rain, enjoy Autumn, so much nicer than Summer.

    Happy days.

  5. Love your long awaited pots. the laurels will look fantastic in them , each time you walk past you can squeeze a leaf to enjoy it's wonderful odour

  6. These are very beautiful post, dear Carolyn! Well worth the long wait! So nice to have the Bay trees, too. I cook with Bay all the time, but of course with dried leaves from the grocery. How wonderful to have them fresh. So glad you are getting some much-needed rain. Here we are getting too much! Hope your week is lovely with time in the garden. Hugs xo Karen

  7. Yay, I’m so pleased you’ve had some rain at last. Spring arrived in the UK yesterday, but winter returned today it’s pouring with rain and blowing a gale!
    I love your pots. They are just the kind I would like in my front garden.
    Hugs Barbara

  8. Beautiful and happy planting. Much love to you and yours. Your pots are so lovely as are you
    Love Jeanne

  9. Hi dear Carolyn !! Que bonitos maceteros ,, espero que tenga un bonito día

  10. Aww I love the pots so much and I love to read history behind them ..
    Lovely post my dear
    Sending you love and hugs x

  11. Your beautiful Anduze pots where definitely worth the wait Carolyn! What a special gift! You must be thrilled to finally have them to enjoy. I also imagine the rain is a welcome sight too.
    sending big hugs your way...

  12. What beautiful pots Carolyn! They were well worth the wait! Enjoy the rain...

  13. Dear Carolyn

    Well worth waiting for, they are beautiful and will gain a special patina with age! A great choice of shrub to plant as well. I had a Bay tree in a Versailles planter at our old house and as it took us ages to buy again I left it behind!
    I've always meant to buy another!
    Oh the rain and cooler temps have been so welcome over here.
    I added a light mohair blanket to our bed and we are sleeping better.
    Soon our long hot summer will be only a memory, that we will talk about with our grandies!

    Shane x

  14. What a lovely present Carolyn! It looks good next to your porch.

    Have a lovely day!

    Madelief x

  15. Hi Carolyn, the pots are gorgeous. I love the style and design. The plant you added is going to be so nice to view and cook with too. Enjoy the rain. We are warming up to springtime and it is so welcome. Have a nice rest of the week. Blessings. xo

  16. Hi there dear friend! Just hopping over to say hello. I love, love, love that pot. It's gorgeous! Sending you a hug!

  17. Love your beautiful pots...They are amazing what a from me Ria x

  18. Dearest Carolyn,
    I love your pots! The colors and workmanship are just beautiful.
    Beautiful post.
    Sending you a warm hug

  19. What beautiful pots! I enjoyed reading about their history

  20. They were surely worth waiting for, my dear Carolyn. So very beautiful, and I love the plant you chose to plant inside. We also use the leaves here :-) Carolyn is that your entrance ? It looks gorgeous !!!
    Loving greetings, from Dorthe

    1. Hi Dorthe,

      Thanks for the kind visit and yes, that is the front entrance to our home.

  21. That is such a long time to wait for the pots, but they certainly look worth the wait! So glad that the rain has finally arrived. I can't imagine not seeing it for ages! Have a great weekend. Sarah x

  22. My darling Carolyn
    your pots are so filled with charm, for their look and for the History they bring with them !
    Thank you for sharing them with us, my sweetest friend, may your weekend be blessed with all the joy and the love you deserve,
    sending dear hugs to you

  23. Goodness, that is a long time to wait ... but well worth it. The pots look great and very nicely planted out. I enjoyed the history behind them too.

    Enjoy the month of March

    All the best Jan

  24. Dearest Carolyn,
    Oh such special pieces that we at once fall in love with, are always worth the extra wait! You can enjoy them many years to come. They look very lovely and elegant.
    Hugs and happy 1st March weekend.

  25. Oh, wow, those planters are magnificent! They're gorgeous and antique-y, and the bay laurel topiaries look fantastic in them. Soooo pretty! Happy March!

  26. Dear Carolyn!
    I spent every year my holidays in this part of France where your pots are from. I have the same in blue for my olive tree. This tree is now 18 years here by me.
    A little part of France in your beautiful home!
    Happy week dear Carolyn!


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