I have three small antique Chinese ginger jars, the everyday, cheap earthenware pots that were used in every home. They were found on Vancouver Island, buried in a garden, and are much the worse for wear. I use a couple of them to hold small tools and brushes that I use in the aquarium.
Today, I was looking more closely at the old glaze, and took a few close-up photos. Laurie says they look like fields of flowers.
|Glassy crystals, pitting, and old earthenware showing through.|
|Almost like frost patterns.|
The third pot holds some real flowers; dried pearly everlastings from a few years back. They seem to fit in with the pot design.
|Pearly everlastings, Anaphalis margaritacea.|
These grow by the roadsides in dry spots, and are dry and stiff even freshly picked. And they keep for years, as bright as the day they were picked. I always have a jar of them somewhere around the house.
The small whitish to yellowish flower grows in a corymb inflorescence. The inflorescence's most conspicuous part is the numerous white bracts that surround the actual flowers. (Wikipedia)