Friday, October 5, 2007

Plants, Ponds & Pottery

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We recently got plants installed in our office & I was in charge of shopping for the planters, so I went to a few places to see what was available. I found our planters at 2 different places downtown. This one is called The Arbors & they have really great looking concrete garden accessories, as well as some beautiful fountains. I always enjoy browsing here.
This is my kinda stuff!
This is one of the planters I picked up for the office. It now holds 2 beautiful plants (just got one of them). The others are all clay pottery pieces & we are so happy with the way they turned out. Our plant service is going to be great. I'll have to take some pics of the finished plants for you sometime soon. It was really fun picking out planters.

This is one of my favorite nurseries in town, Hanna's. They have gorgeous plants, accessories, & garden items. I love to browse here & have bought several plants from them. They have a huge selection of perennials & annuals & those of you here in AL would love shopping here. If you need a new nursery to try out, come to Hanna's. They have the cutest little shop cat. He lives here fulltime & has the run of the place. He finally plopped down & let me take his picture. Sometimes he lets me pet him.
Lots of architectural pieces too....I love these iron pieces.
Small garden table, lots of plants & see all the containers in the background. That's what we are looking at for the office. I see a few possibilities here.
More iron pieces.
Love this bunny bench. I'd love to have one of these for our yard.
This is part of the indoor plant selections, including orchids.
Outside in the conifer area.
Blooming treeforms.
More plants.
Cute concrete bunny that I love, of course.
Inside they have some nice accessory pieces.
Lots of garden things. Aren't those birds cute?
Right next door is a pond place, called Aquatic Gardens. This place is SO neat...I love to browse here. They have all kinds of fountains, they build ponds too, & just have a great selection of pond & fountains & garden art.
Front courtyard with lots of fountains to choose from. They have them all running too so you can see how they look.
Busts & more fountains. I just love all this stuff!
Pond with fountain & bench.
More fountains up close.
Pond with water feature. Wouldn't you love one of these fountains at home? I would!
Love this fountain!
This is inside, where they have lots of garden accessories too.
Place settings on a table.
Accessories for the pond.
Hope you enjoyed the nursery & pond tour. These are all fun places to browse. I really love gardening and will be ready to go next spring with some new garden ideas!

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Wild Rose said...

Hi Rhoda,

I love the planters that you chose and look forward to seeing the finished results.

What great places to visit ~ so many wonderful finds for the garden.

Enjoy your weekend.

Marie x

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Oh my, I could get lost for days browsing those places! I adore your pick of planters....your office mates will love them I am sure :-)

PAT said...

These look like places I would enjoy visiting! I love the statuary and those ponds and!


Wild Rose said...

I'm back...forgot to say, do visit my blog soon for a special giveaway.

Marie x

the feathered nest said...

Love the planters you chose! I love these kinds of places. There so full of great ideas. I really like that Aquatics store. I'm partial to all the busts and fountains etc. I'd probably have one tacky yard filled with nothing but statues, busts, fuountains and such if I could get away with it!


DiddleDaddleDesigns said...

What a great tour. Thanks for sharing. You are definitely the right person for that job.


Niesz Vintage Home said...

Oh, I could spend all day there!

I love the iron scroll pieces and I have a little cement bunny who resides in my living room. :)


JeniBeans said...

Rhoda...we have a store up here called Old Time Pottery. I thought I saw one down your way, probably off the interstate should look them up and go check them out. I've not yet been to the one here, but driving by I've seen TONS of NICE-looking things sitting about outside. I think you might enjoy it.

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Goodness, you sure have some wonderful places to shop !


Jen said...

Just lovely! I sure wish those places were located here.

Nunnie's Attic said...

OMG - I love all the decor. The planters are adorable and I love the place settings and the wreath, wow!
Gorgeous stuff!


Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

I love Hanna's too. They have such neat garden accessories.

Rosemary said...

Wow Rhoda,
Those are some great nurseries.
What fun. How lucky you are to get to shop for your job!!
Have a wonderful weekend,

Dawnie said...

What a heavenly post, thank you so much for the tour...

Diane said...

Hi Rhoda and thanks for taking us along on your trip to buy planters. Everything was beautiful. And how much fun to spend someone elses money :) Diane

Alice said...

How did you ever tear yourself away from these places! You always show us the coolest things, Rhoda.

justabeachkat said...

As always, I really enjoyed the photos and the tour!

Have a wonderful weekend.


Simply Me Art said...

OK,You could just leave me there all day!! That is my kind of Place.

Anonymous said...

I like the cat. that tabby looks very happy!

Tonja said...

I know where I'm going when I next come to Birmingham! Thanks for sharing!

Jacki said...

My brain is on overload, Rhoda, what a wonderful tour! Wouldn't you just love to have one of everything? Thanks for sharing.


Kari & Kijsa said...

The planters look wonderful (actually everything looked so yummy!) Thanks for the tour! Have a great weekend!

smiles, kari and kijsa

Deserae said...

OMG you have some wonderful places to shop!!!!!!! I wish we had just ONE place like that around here! Thanks for the great tour!

Becky K. said...

Hi Rhoda,
Your blog is beautiful. I am a newby and have just learned something from you. I made a signature for my blog. Thank You!
I am a yard sale seeker/treasure hunter as well.
When you take pictures at sales are the owners usually pleased or does it freak then out just a bit?
Love it!
Becky K.

Susie Q said...

What a wonderful treasure trove! I love the things you chose! I will look forward to seeing the finished project.

Ooh..that bunny and the bunny bench.
: ) Love them.

Have a sweet weekend!


Anonymous said...

Love it all! I can't go to places like this because I can't make up my mind.

Joy said...

Oh Rhoda, what a treasure trove of goodies in this post! Such great eye candy. I absolutely *LOVE* the planter that you picked up for the office, it was gorgeous...

Janet said...


Your blog *rocks*! I love every little thing about it-- it's absolutely enchanting! Thanks so much for stopping by mine, and for linking me up. I truly appreciate it... And, I'll be stopping by for a little visit often!

Thanks again,

TinaTx said...

Great pictures! Thanks for the tour.

Barbara said...

Hi! Rhoda
Just been catching up with your posts.

Sonya said...

Love all the cool stuff in this place. The cat is my favorite!

Meggie said...

I LOVE the garden shops! I could spend the entire day shopping in such places. I just purchased a fountain last week and finally got it up and running on thursday. Good luck with your plantings. You did a great job with your selection.

BellaColle said...

Lovely! gosh I just love all things plants!!

ValleyGirl said...

Oh, I LOVED this tour! (I say that about every one, though, don't I?! But this one even moreso!!) SOMEDAY I will have a beautiful flower garden with a pond and a fountain. Someday...