Hello Dear Readers!
Happy Monday and Happy First Day of July!
The first Monday of the month means it is a beautiful Monday
as I share wonderful floral inspiration along with my amazingly talented
Monday Morning Blooms friends, Lidy, Mary and Pam.
Our common theme today is garden urns.
Their beautiful images and links to their posts are below.
I have not done many outdoor posts since being at the Berry Patch House.
So today I am . . .
Bringing The Outdoors In
Into the sunroom.
The Berry Patch House does have a wonderful sunroom
and it was great that I was able to put my potting bench in that room.
I went into the “storage abyss” and found an urn that I have had for many years.
I purchased it at one of my favorite antique shops in Florida, which unfortunately
is no longer there. That sweet couple who owned it retired.
That shop was 5 minutes from my former house in North Central Florida.
This pretty urn/planter is made by the Wheeling Pottery Company,
in Wheeling, West Virginia, circa 1890 – 1910.
One day when I visited that antique shop, the sweet couple just returned
from a buying trip in Pennsylvania.
They said that it was one of their favorite states
to go antiquing. It is actually mine too!
I was watching her hubby unload the truck
and he had this urn/planter in one hand.
I immediately asked if it was for sale and if so, how much?
She stated that it had a little chip at the top, so how does $10 sound?
The urn/planter had a great home in my Florida Sunroom.
When we moved to N.C.,
you could find it often on the front porch filled with mums
or whatever flowering plant was in season.
I frequented that shop often.
You probably think it was because I was such a collector
especially back then of 30’s, 40’s and 50’s dishes
(depression glass, jadite, fiesta and more).
However, maybe it was because I loved chatting
with this lovely lady who knew so much
about antiques and I loved hearing her stories.
I also loved going throughout that shop
which was a Victorian home of over 100 years old,
located in the historic district of that town where I lived.
Walking in and out of the many rooms in that house,
admiring the beautiful architectural
moldings, windows, and wonderful creaky floors.
I loved it when I would walk into that wonderful shop,
they greeting me by my name
and say, “hey, I just got something in that I think you would love”
and they were usually right!
I miss those quaint shops.
Seems like there are more and more antique malls, with the
booth owners never there and just someone
at the common register there to take your money.
I love interacting with people. I think I get some of that from my mom.
She never met a stranger.
I have my watering cans in the sunroom here at the Berry Patch House.
I grabbed one of the cans that has a wonderful label and placed it next to the
flower arrangement creating my garden theme.
It was then I had an epiphany.
The label on the watering can said “Wheeling”
Made in Wheeling, West Virginia …. the same as my urn/planter!
I must say that I have never paid much attention to the hallmark on the urn,
until I placed the flower arrangement in it. Serendipity happened, I must say.
I bought the watering can several years ago,
antiquing with my friend Mary Alice in Lemoyne, Pa.
So who would have thought that these two items
would meet together after so many years!
Now let’s talk flowers . . .
The flowers that I selected for today’s Monday Morning Blooms are:
Hope you enjoyed my story of “serendipity” today
and of times past. Those days of the “thrill of the hunt”
and I still do love that “thrill of the hunt!”
I’m not an eBay kind of person, unless I need something right away.
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Now it’s time for you to enjoy my fellow flower friends’ beautiful creations!!
The following, as always, are filled with the most
wonderful floral inspiration to present to you today.
The links to their posts are below their images.
Mary ~ Home Is Where The Boat Is
Pam ~ Everyday Living
Lidy ~ FrenchGardenHouse
and Me! . . . Housepitality Designs
I wish you all a most beautiful day!!!