Yesterday I showed the gray unglazed pots at the Atlier Bottani Dechauid on racks drying in the sun. (Atelier means "workshop".) Today here are some examples of the finished pots. I was tempted by these, but we really don't need any new pots for plants.
No only do we have too many pots, we really have too many plants. I've never counted them, but I know there are many dozens of them around the house, on the terrace, and in the greenhouse. Even outdoors. Someday soon I'm going to have to get rid of some of them. (I just did a quick count of the potted plants in the living room and on the terrace: there are more than 25 of them.)
Still. I was tempted. The other day when I went over to Thésée to try to buy some bottles of Chardonnay white wine, I noticed that the winery had a grapevine planted in a huge pot outdoors, and it was loaded down with bunches of grapes. I have two grapevines that have been growing in small pots for several years now. I need a bigger pot for at least one of them.
The pots in this post are probably about 18 inches in diameter. That would be 45 cm. I need one much bigger — a pot so big that you couldn't possible lift and move once it was full of soil. So I'd have to find a permanent spot for it and for the grapevine. Full sun is required.
Speaking of that, our weather remains sunny and warm. This morning's low is cooler than it has been in a week or more, but the lower temperature made this a good night for good sleeping. The high today is predicted to be around 21ºC — that's about 70ºF. Our heat wave has ended, at least temporarily. For comparison, the high temperature in my home town in North Carolina will be 32ºC (nearly 90ºF) today.
Despite a night of heavy rain last week, the ground here is very dry and the grass is turning brown. We were remarking a couple of days ago when we went out for a drive in the country about how much the landscape here looks like the California summer landscape right now. Brown grass, green trees. It's dry enough that weeds are not a problem in the vegetable garden. Walt waters the plants out there by hand, targeting the roots and avoiding getting unplanted spots too wet so weeds are not encouraged to invade.