When I was a little girl my parents bought me a Chatty Cathy doll. I loved that doll and spent hours pulling the string that made her recite a handful of sayings. Even though my name was spelled differently, and my parents often called me Katherine not Kathy or Kat, or Kath like my other family and friends, I just knew that that doll was made especially for me.
In case you haven't noticed, I talk a lot...no, I mean it, I talk a WHOLE lot! Mr. Tide once told me that he thought I could talk to anyone...or anything for that matter, and he is right!
Today, Connie from Hartwood Roses met me in the town of La Plata, Maryland. It's kind of halfway in between where she lives and where I live, with Connie having a little bit longer drive to get there. We decided last week that we could both use a girls afternoon out and that as exhausted as she was from her daughter's wedding a few weekends ago, and as crazy as both of our schedules are that we needed a break from real life to chat it up.
The thing is, I tend to do a lot of the chatting, and Connie, the saint that she is, does a lot of nodding and squeezes in a word edgewise every now and then. She knows that when I'm under lots of stress, like I am right now with trying to sell my parent's house, on deadline for stories, and the fact that my mother in law had hip replacement surgery (that thankfully went off without a hitch), that I will be even more frazzled and even more chatty than usual, but that never seems to bother her...hence the "saint" designation on her part!
After lunch at Panera, we headed to Waldorf Pottery, which is located just north of La Plata in an area known as White Plains, Maryland.
I hadn't been here for awhile, years in fact, and once we got out of the car I wondered why the heck it had taken me so long to come back.
They had gorgeous plants, not the droopy, sickly looking plants you sometimes find at a nursery, but the kind you want to fill up the back of your truck with and hurry home to plant them.
And it's not just the plants that are wonderful, but the vast array of statuary and garden ornaments that they carry. Around every turn there was something new and interesting to help you create any sort of garden you might want, from a zen garden to a more traditional formal garden.
Connie and I both agreed that we aren't really water feature people, but she and I were both enamored by several of the pretty options they had available. They had one fountain in particular that I didn't get a shot of that was so unusual and calming, we both loved it! I also liked this little frog that was hanging out in a small pond underneath a huge white crepe myrtle tree where he could stand watch over the water lilies.
And speaking of water lilies, I nearly lost my footing while taking this photo but thankfully I didn't or I would have fallen face first ie. camera first into the pond. This was the point in the visit that Connie reminded me why I should have purchased the extended warranty on my camera! She speaks from experience since she stepped on her last camera...yikes!
I loved how organized all of the plants were, and the variety they had was really amazing.
I fell in love with this fern, known as a foxtail fern. Isn't it so unusual looking?! It was like a fuzzy aloe plant or like Connie said "an asparagus fern from Mars." At least I think that's what she said because I was probably still talking at the time...
Here's a little more info on the foxtail fern.
I wish I had a nice wall to display some outdoor art on, like this happy go lucky sun!
And if you need a pot, well never fear, Waldorf Pottery has plenty. Green ones...
Red and orange ones that reminded me of roasted chili peppers...
Bold blue ones...
And earthy glazed ones that ranged from golden brown to turquoise.
At one point we rounded a corner and found this! A hardy Hibiscus that had blooms the size of dinner plates! The bloom pictured above was about 10 inches in diameter! Connie had just mentioned how I should get some "swamp" hibiscus to plant down near the water at my house, something she said that loves to have its feet wet. It was then that we saw these beauties that do love having their feet wet and will come back year after year, even in my zone!
When I showed Mr. Tide the picture he asked why I didn't buy some. I told him I would go back to get a few but didn't purchase any today because it would have had to sit in the car and bake while Connie and I hit a few other stores.
It was a scorcher today and while I looked like a drowned rat with hair like the wicked witch of the west...Connie looked like she had been sitting under a large shade tree all day sipping mint juleps! I don't know how that girl does it, but she never looks tired, or sweaty!
We lingered in the shaded container section of the pottery for a bit to escape the heat.
They also had some lovely ironwork throughout the pottery and I found a trellis that I loved, but Connie assured me that it wouldn't work for my beautiful New Dawn rose that I bought from her last fall, so I will wait and look for a larger one that will give my rose plenty of room to stretch and grow!
After browsing around outside, we moved inside where it was nice and cool to look at the gift area of the pottery. Connie found a few things to take home, and I'm sure she will show everyone those items in an upcoming post.
Just as there were lots of things outside I wanted to bring home, the same was true for the inside shop. I love the metal dragonfly bench you see at the top of the photo.
My mother in law collects stones, and these, which featured phrases and words on them, would be so pretty by themselves or in a grouping. I love the one that said "Marry Me," wouldn't that be a wonderful way to propose? To go hand and hand down the beach skipping stones together and then to have your fiance pull a stone with Marry Me on it from their pocket to pop the question...so romantic!
There were lots of pops of aqua and blue throughout the store, and you all know how I love aqua and beach inspired colors!
And see that birdcage in the top right of the picture? It was huge, but in my head I was planning an entire conservatory around it!
Also in my imaginary conservatory would be a set of these chairs and a marble topped potting table.