Melting Snows or Winters' End

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Melting Snows or Winters' End

Post  Harleyrider on Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:51 pm

Last year, I bought the world's ugliest accent pot from Dale. I've struggled to think of something suitable to put in it, despite a few uncouth suggestions from the Burrs crew.

Anyway, on our way back from Willowbog last week, Tony decided he wanted buy a few Snowdrops and I got a handful as well. Matt had brought his Christmas present (A stunning Japanese antique pot book) along to show me a pot with a similar glaze to mine. Then came the Eureka moment!

The pot in Matt's book was named "Remaining Snow", so I kind of borrowed that theme. What do you think? (Apart from the dodgy photography).

Which is the best image/side? And which name do you prefer?





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Melting Snows or Winters' End

Post  Guest on Wed Mar 10, 2010 4:07 pm

Lovely combination Steve, well matched. The front is usually determined by the tree. If the trees movement is to the right, then the accent should be on the right, with the accent plant leaning to the left. And vice versa. Name is cool as well.

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Post  Kev Bailey on Wed Mar 10, 2010 4:26 pm

Lovely choice for your excellent drippy pot Steve.

Did anyone else catch the piece on Radio 4 about Snowdrop fanciers having the latest version of "Tulip mania" Apparently Galanthophiles pay hundreds of pounds for a single rare bulb! Crazy hobbyists! Shocked Wink

Perhaps I shouldn't mention this sort of thing in front of Fiona!

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Post  Lee Kennedy on Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:37 pm

Take no notice of the burrs crew steve,the nearest they get to wabi sabi is the reflection's in a mirror Suspect
great pot,no brilliant pot and a nice seasonal accent too

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Post  Smithy on Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:55 pm

I love that, they go so well together. That dripping effect on the pot is excellent. Glad you got a photo as that lovely combination will soon be no more.

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Post  Harleyrider on Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:11 pm

Will, these pics were taken immediately after planting. Since then, all three stems have stood bolt upright. So much for directionality!
I originally wanted to put 5 bulbs in the pot, but three was the limit. On reflection, I think 5 would have been too many.

Thanks for all your kind comments. I take a great deal of encouragement from them. Sandra, on the other hand, is hacked off that none of her accents are ready to display yet!

Lee, I'm glad I'm not the only one who can see the beauty within this pot. Dale and I originally christened it the 'Snot Pot'. I think my new title fits it much better. (Thanks for the idea, Matt).

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Winters End

Post  gman on Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:21 pm

Steve, Did you pick a name yet.............I like winters end as you can get melting snow anytime...during late fall to spring.......... but snow drops are a sign of winters end and that spring is close.
Cheers Gman

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Post  Harleyrider on Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:42 pm

On reflection, I agree that Winters' End is the more suitable name for this accent. So there!

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Re: Melting Snows or Winters' End

Post  Dale Cochoy on Fri Mar 12, 2010 11:22 pm

Very purty HD....
I prefer the view with the 'drip' going all the way to the table.

I can only IMAGINE the comments from the Burrs crew! No

Wow! TWO pots in England now!! Dance

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Post  Todd Ellis on Sat Mar 13, 2010 12:52 am

I like the second pic the best; the one with the lowest drop. On that side of the pot I see a kneeling angel or nymph type creature, with wings (or something); a Winter spirit off sorts. I like to find symbols and imagery in all sorts of things. That's a great pot and planting. Regards, Todd Idea

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Post  bonsaistud on Wed Mar 17, 2010 8:03 am

G'day all...

That's a very nice match Steve...I like the third photo best.

And Dale, you just suddenly increased your market share, in England, by 100%! Good going! Keep that up and you will very soon be unable to keep up with the orders...

Pat…mounted on my trusty stead, riding off wildly in all directions...

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Post  matt addie on Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:14 pm

Fantastic to see this combination realised! Even having been (a small) part of the idea process, I didn't imagine the combination would look as great as it does.

This will make a spectacular accent for a winter show.

Good work, Steve. Now for the tree to go with it...! Very Happy

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Post  Stone Monkey on Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:23 pm

Steve

I love Dale's pot.

My thought for a name would have been "Eternal Snow" or "Immortal Snow" or you could always go for "Crouching Snowball, Hidden Accent Wink

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Post  Chris Cochrane on Tue May 18, 2010 3:43 pm

Such a nice combination & an elegant reference. I like "Winter's End," too, and would stick with that title if the accent should have a poetic naming.

Though not for a title, you might consider the additional presence of tears in the combination of pot & plant with the drippy pot. "Sleeve wet with tears" is a common poetic allusion to sorrow arising from love and separation. "This world of tears" is a Buddhist allusion to our state of living which is created by desire and causes suffering. Many of the poems in the Hyakunin Isshu (Hundred Songs by a Hundred Poets) refer to tears-- sometimes obliquely.

Whether commenting on falling snow, drops of rain, waves upon the shore et al. , a "sleeve wet with tears" is usually felt-- a longing that cannot be stilled.

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Re: Melting Snows or Winters' End

Post  Dan Barton on Sun May 23, 2010 8:11 am

Hi Steve,
Lovely accent and gorgeous pot and as for the best front... well that's on the other side of the back!

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