It is perfectly plain, with handles on each side and the size '20' painted or stamped on the front. Some pickle crocks are really valuable (selling for thousands at auction) because they have lovely designs painted on them and are stamped with a maker's name - ours is more utilitarian, with no markings. I'm thinking of putting a large tropical plant in it next spring . . .
So, now you know what's cheery on our porch this week! And, someone e-mailed with a question about a plant that was in a post a few weeks ago about Reynolda Gardens. This plant, in fact:
It's a Castor Bean (Ricinus communis) and is poisonous if ingested. (Note the Latin name - the poison is ricin which was in the news quite a bit a few years ago. Espionage buffs will also remember that ricin was used to assassinate Georgi Markov in the '70s - it was injected through the tip of an umbrella as he waited for the train at Waterloo Station!) It's a large, stunning plant, however, and is an annual in this area (Zone 7).
Enjoy your Monday in the garden!