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Tuesday
Aug172010

A Talavera Lizard and Voodoo Pot

My voodoo plant finally has a new home. I found a Talavera pot with an exotic look appropriate for this unusual plant, and I have placed it in the front garden near the blue bench

Talavera is a classic form of Mexican pottery. Artists hand paint native floral and animal motifs onto a white glazed background. The colorful ceramics are still produced using techniques introduced to Mexico by Spanish guild artisans in the sixteenth century. In Spain the same type of pottery is called 'Majolica'.

I also have a Talavera lizard. It has lived for several years in a moss encrusted concrete planter. Talavera is a good way to add a dash of color to a garden. I wouldn't use a lot of it, but a piece here and there is just right.

The voodoo plant is looking a little stressed. An unknown critter recently uprooted the tuber from its plastic pot and left it lying on the ground. It was saved by a rainstorm which kept it moist until I found it later that day, wilted but alive. I hope the new pot will offer better protection!

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Reader Comments (15)

Hope your voodoo plant survives it's recent accident and grows to love this gorgeously colourful pot. The Lizard lurking in 'the undergrowth' is very nicely placed

Laura

August 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatioPatch

Ooh, love that talavera lizard...and the pot.

August 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFloridagirl

Pretty cool. I am sure both add a lot of color and interest to your lawn.

August 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Those wild wonderful colors may help protect your voodoo plant Deb! Beautiful... perhaps your lizard too will keep those chipmunks ? from digging it up again. Great additions to your garden. ;>)

August 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Your Talavera lizard is most handsome. I agree, a little goes a long way with that vivid fellow. He's lovely nestled in with the silvery gray foliage. I hope your Voodoo plant survives being uprooted, and replanted. I think your colorful pot will give it lots of motivation to grow strong and healthy. I can't wait to see it bloom!

August 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCurbstone Valley Farm

Dear Deborah, Thank goodness you were talking ceramics here and not live lizards. I really do not like them [real lizards that is] and was approaching your posting with just half an eye open.

Majolica ware, particularly examples from Victorian times is extremely collectable in the UK. I love the examples you show here and think both of them make excellent foils for the blue bench [ which I would love to steal!!]

August 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEdith Hope

Wow, the colors are beautiful! What great pops of interest in your garden, especially near the cool blue bench. Love the lizard in the moss.

August 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaurrie

Love the Talavera ceramics which i did not know at all.
I love colour so the like was a given.
But there is also a vigour about the work which I like.
Thanks
Best
R

August 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Webber

They are both quite stunning ... so vibrant and colourful! What great additions to your garden. Fingers crossed for your Voodoo plant.

August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBernie

Hi, Deb!
Popped over to say hello and thank you for the kind comments on my blog. Love the wild colors of this gorgeous pot and your blue bench is giving me some creative ideas of my own. It's nice to have found you. I have ridden horses all along the Oregon coastline -- couldn't find a place to comment on those photos -- but I greatly enjoyed the pics and am familiar with all of the areas you photographed. :)

Deborah that container is just perfect for a voodoo plant. The vibrant colours and patterns remind me of the patterns in the oven gloves that my mum brought me home from Costa Rica. I hope it soon settles into its new home. A lovely accent to the garden.

August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRosie

Pretty pottery ... a perfect choice!

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoey

Pretty pottery ... a perfect choice!

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoey

Hi Deb - LOVE the pottery!! The Voodoo Plant is mondo-cool.

What a great idea putting your lizard on the stone bench - and the planting cascading across it is just fabulous (hum, new cool idea - can I steal it when my garden 'grows up' a little bit ?!!) -Shyrlene

August 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShyrlene

A voodoo plant and a colourful lizard. How very interesting!

August 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAutumn belle

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