Si vous n’avez pas un jardin, vous pouvez toujours être un jardinier. If you don’t have a garden, you can still be a gardener. Outside most village houses you will find various plant pots in all shapes and sizes.
These beautiful garden urns are called vases d’Anduze and they first appeared in the seizième siècle. At this time the vases were only for the French landed gentry but later the wealthy families of the local silk merchants in the Anduze region started to create attractive gardens and favoured the orange tree, which had previously only been grown in royal glasshouses. Orange trees were planted in these beautiful pots as they needed to be brought inside in winter to avoid frost. These pots are still being made in the Languedoc-Roussillon by artisans in the same way as the old Anduze family craftsmen.
But you don’t need to put plants in garden planters, they can be useful in other ways or just simply as a piece of objet d’art.
At Le Petit Coquelicot they are used as bases for an awning which is attached to the house.
And here just to add structure to a garden space.
Some more pictures of lovely pots.
And there little beauties are a must have for when I’m next browsing the vide greniers.
They are antique French confit pots, originally used for centuries by the French to store duck or goose confit. (confit – duck or other meat cooked very slowly in its own fat)