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:

  1. 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.

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  2. 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!

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  3. 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!!

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  4. 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.

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

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

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

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

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  9. Tres cool planter Penny. So are those tomatoes.
    Sam

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  10. 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

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

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  12. 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

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

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  14. 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!

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  15. 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!

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  16. 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

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  17. 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!

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

    And, your new planter is gorgeous. Love it!

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

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  20. 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

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  21. 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

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

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

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  24. 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.

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  25. 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

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  26. 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

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  27. 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!

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  28. 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.

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  29. Love the look of this planter. It looks perfect!

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  30. 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~

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  31. 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.

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  32. 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

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