1 Recently, a very special delivery arrived at my Bedford, New York farm. It was a collection of four large, exquisite planters from Pennoyer Newman, LLC. http://www.pennoyernewman.com/
2 Pennoyer Newman's planters are made to be amazingly light. Each one was carefully unloaded and placed on one of my trucks.
3 These containers were very well made - on the bottom of each planter, ample holes were already added for proper drainage.
4 This "Galvanized Bucket" planter was inspired by a galvanized bucket seen at an antiques show. Collecting pieces and reproducing beautifully crafted planters is a way the owners of Pennoyer Newman preserve the past.
5 The planters were all different styles, but made using the same materials - pummeled stone and marble blended with resin, which help make them so lightweight.
6 These planters are large - each at least 24-inches in height. They are far less hefty than their original versions, but just as stately and magnificent in appearance.
7 I was thrilled to receive them - so big and so beautiful. I have featured Pennoyer Newman pots in my magazine, Martha Stewart Living, and on my television shows for years. It is a fine maker of durable, and elegant specimen planters.
8 These pots were made to withstand all types of climates. The middle container is called the "Modern Egg Cup". Pennoyer Newman used an old classic style vessel, added a modern twist and created this unique design.
9 Pennoyer Newman manufactures containers in all shapes and sizes to accommodate a variety of spaces and decor styles.
10 The special coating inside each planter is black, and helps to protect it from any water damage.
11 I chose to replant this Araucaria heterophylia in one of the new planters. Araucaria are mainly large trees with massive erect stems. The horizontal, spreading branches grow in whorls and are covered with leathery, needle like leaves.
12 This one had been in this exact pot for several years, and was ready to be moved.
13 Wilmer carefully loosened the sides of the root ball, so it didn't stick to the container.
14 When pulling a tree from a planter, it's wise to pull from the base in a gentle rocking motion until the root ball is released. Here was the tree right after it was pulled from the pot.
15 This Pennoyer Newman is called their "Contemporary Planter with Handle Insets". I own the original concrete limestone planter that inspired this reproduction - it's called a "Watts Pot", which you will see in a later photo.
16 Because the tree was tall and cumbersome, it took more than one set of hands to move. The Araucaria was gently repositioned into its new pot, where it will have plenty of room to grow and thrive.
17 The pot was filled with a combination of Metro-Mix 560 Suncoir, a formula best used for large plants grown in planters, Sunshine Mix #4 with mycorrhizae, which is a premium mix containing a higher amount of horticulture perlite, and some added all purpose fertilizer osmocote.
18 The tree and planter were moved to its proper spot in the vegetable greenhouse and given a thorough drink of water.
19 Underneath my pots, I place these small granite wedges to help support the containers, and facilitate proper drainage.
20 It looked so beautiful in its new planter. This tropical evergreen is well loved for its dark green needles and symmetrical shape. It is also called a Norfolk Island pine and is endemic to the small island between Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia.
21 Also in my vegetable greenhouse is this antique English vessel made of lead. It is extremely heavy. This planter also inspired the owners of Pennoyer Newman to cast it and create a replica for their collection.
22 And this is it - Pennoyer Newman's "Conical Strapped Pot". It was the cone-shape of the original lead version that was so appealing to them. The form is so wonderful, and can look great in a group or as a stand-alone pot on a terrace.
23 I have a large variety of special planters - antiques and reproductions, planters made of stone, lead, fiberglass and resin, and in a wide array of shapes and sizes. This is my tropical hoop house where many of my warm-weather plants spend the winter months.
24 Here is another "Conical Strapped Pot" - you can hardly tell the difference between the lead originals and the resin reproductions.
25 This "Olive Jar" was inspired by the many olive pots and jars used in Mediterranean countries to marinate their olives. It has a lovely shape, and is a bit smaller at 19-inches tall by 21-inches wide.
26 A "Half Grapefruit Modern Bowl" by Pennoyer Newman - a clean, crisp contemporary planter that's sophisticated yet simple in design. It's great for more contemporary style spaces, and has a deep base for soil which helps encourage plant growth.
27 This is the "Large Square Florentine Planter" - another contemporary style with a rope-edge and Florentine emblem. If you look closely, it is also designed to be slightly raised for drainage.
28 Here is the original "Watts Pot" I mentioned earlier - it's made of limestone and concrete. Pennoyer Newman co-owner, Virginia Newman Yocum, saw the original in my barn some years back. It had cracked and broken from age, but I saved the pieces, and Pennoyer Newman restored it and then recast it. You can still see the crack on the side.
29 This is a Pennoyer Newman resin reproduction. Can you tell the difference?
30 Originally purchased by the late Harvey S. Ladew for his topiary gardens in Monkton, Maryland, this beautiful planter of mine was also restored by Pennoyer Newman and then recast as their "Ladew Container" to preserve its horticultural legacy.
31 Here, two of the same type pot - can you tell which one is the English lead antique and which one is the resin replica?
32 In my greenhouses, I often repurpose wooden stumps cut down from felled trees to keep my shorter pots elevated. Here was another "Olive Jar" planter on one of these bases.
33 And nearby, another "Contemporary Planter with Handle Insets".
34 Other planters include this one with a diamond shaped pattern and roped edge.
35 And this more simple, more traditional shaped pot - in an extra large size.
36 In the summer months, all my tropical plants are brought outdoors, where they can thrive in the natural sunlight and warmth. These pots look so nice in the courtyard behind my kitchen.
37 I also love to display my tropical specimens behind my summer House, on the terrace facing my sunken Boxwood and Ginkgo Garden. Here were two giant agaves I planted in these handsome containers this summer.
38 As a passionate gardener, I pay lots of attention to pots, and am always looking out for new styles, new materials, as well as old, antique beauties.
39 My beautiful and bright Alocasia in the "Half Grapefruit Modern Bowl" was outdoors near my yellow magnolia collection this summer.
40 I also have basket weave type planters - this one is much smaller than the others, only about a 12 to 15-inches tall.
41 In my citrus greenhouse, I like to use all terra-cotta pots.
42 And, back in my small hoop house, two new Pennoyer Newman planters that are still empty. I wonder what I should plant in these new pots - any suggestions?