Inspired by weathered wood, baskets, concrete planters, clay pots, galvanized and painted wood buckets all have a couple things in common: They make great containers for planting and cut flowers, and their tints of grey work effortlessly as a beautiful soft neutral in any interior. Even when a stalky flowering plant needs staking, I use weathered grey bamboo stakes that I’ve left to winter outside.

I’ve been collecting weathered grey containers for a few years now and they’ve become my go-to’s. For potting up flowers, the baskets may need plastic liners, but the rest can hold their own. For cut flowers, all but the metal buckets need some sort of plastic container to fill with water. Either way, I love how flowers look in these containers…any season!

Flea markets will be opening next month here in Connecticut, as well as estate, tag, and yard sales that will be gearing up and become ripe hunting grounds for anything grey!

Happy hunting and gardening/decorating!

Love, Nora


  1. Nan, Odessa, DE on March 11, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Good day, Nora,
    Thanks for the early seasonal advice on grey containers for gardening.
    Great to read you today!

  2. Sally Kennedy on March 11, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Love all this, been doing this for 40 yrs, love gardening,keeps you alive,looking forward to see what comes. Too bad people stay inside so much.

  3. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things on March 11, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    I love the warn look.

  4. Mary Lou Cummings on March 11, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    My mother had a cream-colored large basket similar to the one on the top of your photo. Later, she converted its
    use by mounting it onto a small table on wheels. Then, she added a plastic liner, small mattress, and sewed a multi-tiered dotted Swiss bassinet skirt. I always think of this basket when I see yours, filled with beautiful flowers on your table.

  5. Linda Hardwick on March 11, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    I also love the look of anything grey. My love of the weathered grey shingle sided homes here in Maine is why I fell in love with anything weathered grey❤️

  6. Susan Tross on March 12, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Oh my……I literally gasped when I saw this picture! Wonderful……

  7. Audrey Johnson on March 17, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Great timing for getting in the mood for flea markets. I always tend to get busy and forget when they start.

  8. Sharon on March 17, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Pictures please

  9. Choice Furniture Superstore on April 16, 2018 at 2:04 am

    I like grey. This is really nice. Thanks for sharing the post.

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