Getting potted


Cretan Cheese Jar

This morning, David and I have been unpacking my new Cretan pots.  I figure if I can’t get to a Mediterranean to retire, I can bring it here.  Actually, it is coming here whether I like it or not. 

I will have five of these pots when all is done. I already have a perennial Rosemary subshrub growing in a Cretan Cheese Jar. My friend Bridget gave me the cutting several years ago before she and her husband Ennio moved to NC. 

Their boys used to mow my yard back before I got rid of the grass to install flower beds which I subsequently had removed last year as I seek less labor intensive ways to tend my garden. It is easier to push the mower around the postage-sized front yard than it was to keep the rodents from consuming my tulip bulbs.  Now I must determine why the lawn is full of tiny excavations, caused by Jays or squirrels.  Pests.  Some days it feels like gardening is one long battle with pesky pests. 

This is one reason I have been slowly converting to a potted garden.  Voles cannot excavate tunnels under pots.  Squirrels can still attack the pots of course. and demented crows like to break off flowers and uproot things.


 I grew Diascia, my new favorite plant (one of them) in a Panos pot last year. I really like this pot and have ordered another one for the back yard.  The photo below shows the Diascia-planted Panos, but you cannot truly appreciate the pot with flowers tumbling down the sides, so I added a shot of an empty Panos pot. Did I say I love this pot?

 I also ordered a couple of pots named Glastraki.  They are a lighter color and will replace big old plastic pots I am emptying. I have not decided where I will put in these pots, but they will hold lavender or something bright. Years ago, I saw a photo on ‘Victory Garden’ of a Cretan pot with a lovely lavender spilling down the sides. Now there’s a thought.

I had two huge lavender bushes a few years back, but the shade trees overpowered and weakened them and then they died after a bad snowstorm two years ago. Lavender does not do well in my beds which are far too acidic, shady or damp or all of the above.  


I will place one of the Glastraki pots on the brick walk along the driveway (next to the Panos shown above) and probably fill it with a lavender plant. The lavender will grow slowly, but that is the nature of the plant. The pot will provide the perfect biome for a Mediterranean plant. I know they grow Hidcote lavender in England on their chalky soil, but I want to grow the kind the lavendin you see from the train in southern France. 

You can’t get lovely plants over night, but slowly I am building a Mediterranean garden.  All it takes a lifetime and a little climate change.   

10 thoughts on “Getting potted

  1. Great idea! We were just thinking of getting a pot for a tomato plant because we don’t have a lot of room for a garden. Your pots are gorgeous! I’m glad we don’t have chipmunks and squirrels that dig things up in the gardens.


  2. Right now all I have are 9 hanging baskets and I move them every night against the house under the porch roof to protect them from frost. It is my weight lifting routine. So far the mild winter has helped. Pretty sure I couldn’t womanhandle pots.
    Good idea though for winning the battle with the rodents.


  3. These terracotta pots are lovely but you realise that they are not fully frost hardy, don’t you? I bring mine into the garage in winter, without plants, of course. French lavender is definitely not hardy, English lavender survives my temperatures for years.

    Herbs are good for growing in pots, have you tried an upright rosemary? They don’t get too big and can be brought into a light place in the house. I love roasting my potatoes with a twig and the herb is indispensable for roast lamb.
    I’m finding pots a bit of a drag because they need daily watering in summer.

    Whyever would you not do a Thursday 13, it’s not my idea, after all, I nicked it from the meme myself. I don’t really want to do memes, but occasionally they come in handy when I’ve run out of ideas.


    • Thanks Friko. I might try the 12 things some day. I have a perennial rosemary in a Cretan Cheese pot that has been outside for years and even survived the snows we had two years ago. We have not been very cold in this area since the 1960s. Even the Panos pot on the brick walk has made it through a couple of winters now. It might get cold again, but the Gardener;s supply sells cute little covers for big pots.

      We are in the city and in a “heat island” so we are warmer than areas 50 miles away to the south of us.

      I have herbs in a clay divided herb pot that have survived several winters now. I think I will plant more this spring. I just need to put them in the sun.


  4. Sounds like a very nice plan. I used to grow an Areca palm tree in a large ceramic pot in the patio. The tree fell down in the wind and the pot broke into large pieces. After it happened a second time, I decided to not grow anymore trees in the patio.


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