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There is something about watering cans both new and vintage that prompts a sense of nostalgia. Maybe a longing for a simpler time. Back before there were hoses? Just joking...but really...these little spouty water buckets get me. I love them anywhere they are, in the garden, on a bookshelf or even tabletop- filled with hydrangeas in the summer.
I have a small collection of pretty watering cans that I just love. They are both utilitarian in the garden and attractive as decorations both indoors and out. I have a few tips on choosing pretty watering cans and also a few resources so that you can find a few gems of your own.
MY TIPS FOR CHOOSING PRETTY WATERING CANS
If you are looking for pretty watering cans,
be on the lookout for these four qualities:
There is nothing less charming than a big plastic watering can. It may be utilitarian but the plastic watering cans are better left in the garage.
MIX AND MATCH
Go for a look that has been collected over time. A mix of metals, finishes, and colors will create the feeling of a collection curated over time.
EMBRACE THE PATINA
Look for pretty watering cans with a little age at local antique stores. The time-worn finish will add depth and charm to your collection.
Go for a couple that are purely decorative to round out your set.
There are things here at Boscobel Farm that just can't be watered with a hose. Our lettuce bed for example, is very delicate, a hose would create a swampy mess. I have had this Smith and Hawken watering can for several years now and it's my favorite to use for just this purpose.
It holds a generous amount of water and the spout releases water slowly enough not to overwhelm the plants. This one is obviously well loved.
The small brass watering can is really useful for watering plants where it is prohibitive to get the leaves wet. Miniature roses and African violets for example.
This white watering can is new to my collection this year. It has a beautiful glossy finish, and generously sized spout for maximum coverage. There is nothing more annoying than a million trips to the sink.
Do you love watering cans? Garden style? Do you collect anything? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!