Oh roses for the flush of youth,
And laurel for the perfect prime;
But pluck an ivy branch for me
Grown old before my time.
Oh violets for the grave of youth,
And bay for those dead in their prime;
Give me the withered leaves I chose
Before in the old time.
~ Christina Rossetti
A little over a month ago, I placed my Pottery Barn Halloween 2016 order. The topiaries arrived today! I have been concerned ever since I received the shipping notification as the temperatures have been sweltering this week. How in the world would topiaries be shipped and arrive without being little dried up pieces of ivy?!? Turns out, they made it just fine. I quickly watered them after unpacking them and realized that, um, they’re pretty large. Right now, they’re hanging and sitting in my bathroom so that I don’t remind my fella that my gothy eyes are sometimes bigger than our gothy house!
I *believe* that I will keep the bat topiary in the bathroom, which has taken on a bat theme after my fella stuck a few bat decals to my mirror a few years ago and along with the recent addition of the Pottery Barn flying bats wall frame. The spider may be heading to my work office since I’m not sure where I can *hide* him in the house where my step-kitty won’t eat him and/or my fella question my (large item) choices :p Just kidding! He’s actually my biggest enabler.
Hmmm, I wonder if I could get him to hang (as in climb) the wall.
Per the tracking notification, Schickenberg Nursery, a wholesale grower of ivy topiaries that specializes in unique frames, filled the order. Although Pottery Barn does not sell them, I learned that the nursery also sells witch and pumpkin topiaries. (If you follow the pumpkin link, the pumpkin is bottom right and somewhat difficult to see.)
I think they’re beautiful and so far, I believe they are indeed my favorite *Halloween* purchase of the season.
``whispers`` Thank you Pottery Barn for selling such awesome and lasting products.