In a vase on Monday: red tulips, blue pot

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I have a new old salt-glazed pottery crock from the Stuttgart Saturday flea market — just the right size for a supermarket bouquet of tulips.

The market always has a lot of these pretty blue and grey pots, which were made in the Westerwald* region of Germany and range in size from egg cup to several liters.  They are very affordable: normally about €5 to €12 for those big enough to hold kitchen utensils. I haven’t found anything particularly useful online about how to assess their age. The woman who sold me this one pointed out the circular ridges on its bottom as an indication that it was “very old.”  But I’ve seen other pots labeled “antique” (late 19th century) on websites that have smooth bottoms. I think you just have to look for a pleasing pattern and patina combination.

To see what other garden bloggers have put in vases today, please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. She hosts this Monday meme.


*between Bonn and Frankfurt.

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19 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday: red tulips, blue pot

    1. I think the stripey one (actually there are two in there) is why this bouquet was a euro more than usual.

      I like your blog. I visited Windhoeck a couple of times for work years ago and enjoyed it — although I don’t think I’d like baboons in the garden. Have you had that problem?

  1. That’s a perfect pot for the tulips. Those heavy heads and bright color really need something substantial. I also love your “double” tray full of small ceramics. Alas, it is snowing here and looks and feels very wintry. Though temps will supposedly be in the low 40s by the weekend.

    1. The little cups in the tray are for sake. I’m so sorry about your cold weather. It’s hard when it arrives after weeks of a warmish late winter. I think the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., are going to get blasted this week too.

  2. Yes, if it gives you pleasure and you are happy with the price you paid for it then age does not really matter – it certainly fits the bill for these tulips, and that stripey one is something else, isn’t it?!

      1. Are there no pottery markings (letters or numbers or symbols) on the bottom? These are what usually identifies them.

  3. Forty years ago when I was a science student, at evening classes I painted a still life. Our teacher brought a salt glazed pot for that. How strange years later to inherit from my husband’s Swiss parents a pot that echoes that painting. My pot is old, but not ‘antique’ I presume.

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