A conversation with a visitor, who was admiring the huge pot down beside the joiner’s workshop, took us through all possible types of garden containers. He had geraniums, planted in a pair of old leather boots, that were two feet high. I seem to remember my Granny grew her parsley and scallions in an old Belfast sink, and I’ve seen a sideboard with its open drawers doing service as pots. At home, I keep a Busy Lizzie in a Victorian ‘gazunder’. Looking around I notice that Mount Stewart has a myriad collection of containers, so here are a few – see if you know where they are situated.
But, what makes a plant pot an urn, a jardiniere or a tub or trough? Or does it matter what they are called as long as they are filled, as ours are, with beautiful plants?
This elegant container, shaped like an 18th century Fontainebleau urn, appears in old photographs of the Italian Garden, now it closes the vista from the North Front of the House.
The large Lotus pots in the Shamrock Garden were a gift from family friend and Park Lane neighbour Sir Philip Sassoon. At his country home Sir Philip had an Italian style garden so no doubt he and Lady Edith had lots of interesting conversations.
Am stumped for a name to give this one, shall we have a vote??