Monday, July 4, 2011

Wicker vs Cement

I was antiquing the other day and saw something that made my heart go pitter pat.



It was this fabulous planter, that looks like a wicker basket, but is is really made of cement!!

I mean seriously, does this not look like old weathered wicker?


I filled it with succulents, because that what it seemed to call for.


A little garden note....look at the very first picture again.  Look past the table to the garden.  See in the top left of the picture a little orange/red?  You can click on the picture to make it larger.


It is my first tomatoes, turning red!  I can't wait to have a Caprese salad, with my tomatoes and basil!
Welcome Home,
Penny

33 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Penny, I love the basket and it does look like wicker. I think Delores at vignette design has one,too. Lucky you to have fresh tomatoes. I told my husband we are going to do some kind of gardening next year.

Marlee said...

I would never have known that was cement and not wicker if you hadn't said so. It made my heart go pitter pat also! The succulents are perfect in there!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Love Caprese salad. I have seen those planters...looks great on the table with the succulants. You can think of us girls here in AZ when you look at it! Succulants are perfect for here!!

Stacey said...

That's a great basket. Succulents are exactly what you needed in there. Last year I tried planting in a real basket and it didn't really work. I'm glad you found a concrete one.

Rose H (UK) said...

Your basket is amazing! I'd have snapped it up too Penny.

Pondside said...

What a pretty little basket. No way is your table going to flip over on a windy day!

Bonnie said...

What a great find! Your tomatoes are something special in my book. We can't seem to grow tomatoes.

Donnie said...

It really does look like wicker. Very nice but I bet it must be heavy. Nothing beats vine ripened tomatoes. Have a great 4th.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Tres cool planter Penny. So are those tomatoes.
Sam

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Penny,
I never would have guessed it was cement. The succulents were the perfect choice. Your tomoatoes are looking good, here's to that Caprese saled very soon.
Take care,
Mimi

Sherri said...

Penny, that basket is so awesome and it does look just like aged wicker! I love the succulents you put in it! Just wonderful!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Happy 4th Penny

You are so right, that looks just like weathered wicker. LOVE the way you added the succulents. It could not be any more perfect.
Oh yes, nothing better than a Caprese salad.

xxoo

Vee said...

That is a beautiful cement basket. It would fool me. You lucky, lucky gal! That tomato will be ready this week!

Kathleen Grace said...

Penny, the texture on that basket is just amazing. I even made the photo bigger by clicking on it and it still looked like a woven basket! Beautiful, and the great thing is it will last a lot longer than a basket out in the weather.
Ooooh, that tomato looks awfully good, lucky girl! We have a bit more waiting to do before we see our first.
Happy 4th!

Pamela said...

I am lovng your new "basket" Penny and I can so smell your yummy tomatoes out there on the vine! Hope your 4th was a great one!

Sharon (Roses and Rust) said...

That basket is perfect. The beauty of wicker with the practicality of cement! I have also been growing tomatoes. I always think the homegrown ones are so much juicier and sweeter than store bought. Enjoy. x Sharon

Natasha Burns said...

I love caprese! Great tomatoes!!!
Wow, that really does look like aged wicker! Who would've thought? You had me fooled :)
Great idea putting succulents in it. We have a tray of succulents in little pots and teacups on our outdoor table too - very little watering required so it's perfect for a tabletop!

Comeca Jones said...

I love your cement basket!

Beverly said...

It doesn't get much better than fresh home grown tomatoes. My mouth is watering.

And, your new planter is gorgeous. Love it!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

It does look like wicker! Amazing. Jealous of your orangey red tomatoes! Mine are still green...

Donna said...

I love the cement basket, it really does look like wicker...amazing, and it looks great with the succulents, Penny.

Yay, a red tomato! I seem to have an abundance this year.

Hugs,
Donna

Susie Q said...

I love that basket!! I can't believe it's NOT wicker! How cool is that! Hoping your 4th was a sweet one!
Love,
Sue

Kat said...

Sure looks like wicker to me. I love succulents, and grow some of them too. Your tomatoes make my mouth water! Beautiful.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Penny, I am loving your cement "wicker" basket and the succulents are perfect in it! Enjoy those tomatoes! Linda

Penny said...

Love that basket! Did you find it at Screen Door? Envious of your tomatoes. I have a few cherry tomatoes coming on, but think our garden spot is too shady.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Penny,
I love your basket...and the succulents are the perfect plant for it...

We only have one sad looking cherry tomato plant in our yard..Gary left it in the pot, I think next year he must plant.

Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

see you there! said...

The planter really does look like wicker but must be much more useful.

I envy you your tomato, ours are still at the blossom/tiny green ball stage.

Darla

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a great piece, Penny! It DOES look like wicker, especially in pictures. This is one of those things that I'd probably have to touch to believe it!

mariondee-designs said...

Hi Penny, it sooo looks like wicker but with the added benefit of not deteriorating like wicker! Your outdoor area looks amazing and I can feel your excitement of getting your first crop of tomatoes!! take care, Maryann... ps not sure when my peonies should bloom but I would say they will start to grow in spring which is October here.

Sarah said...

Love the look of this planter. It looks perfect!

Adrienne said...

You sure could have fooled me! I never guessed your pretty 'wicker' planter was made of cement. I love the succulents you've gathered there. I was just looking at some of my succulents this morning and devising a plan. Will have to put it all together and share it soon! You are such an inspiration to me!
~Adrienne~

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Your outdoor area looks fabulous... and the planter is amazing.

I also love a caprese salad... we live in the woods so the tomatoes are taking a long time to grow. (Guess we need to take more trees down)

Take care... your blog is always so gorgeous.

Mary said...

Love it! What a great find.

Sitting there with an insalata caprese made with one's own fresh harvested tomatoes would be heaven. Do you have buffalo producing fresh, and the best, mozzarella around the corner Penny? Now wouldn't that be fun, ha! ha! I'll bring the basil - that's all we're growing this Summer.

Hugs - Mary