Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Winter White Giveaway by Modernica


Here's something to shake off the winter blues: a winter white giveaway, offered by Modernica - the Modernica ceramic wok.

Not to stir fry your plants, but to contain them. The dimensions of the bowl are 8" H x 22" Diameter. On the stand the height is 10". Holes will be drilled for you upon request if you, the ecstatic winner, plan on using it for planting (in which case they are essential, though if you are super-vigilant you could coax a tropical indoor plant not to need them). The planter should not stay outdoors in freezing winters.

The value is $345.

What would be best planted in the sleek ceramic? Something with fairly shallow roots. Small spring bulbs, herbs (elfin thyme, a perfect, grey mat), hens and chicks, sedums, peace-in-the-home (baby's tears), African violets - plants with interesting texture, so you can enjoy them from above.

Or you can just use it as a washstand. Or to hold a clutch of lemons.

To enter:
-  the contiguous 48 states are eligible. I'm afraid we can't ship further.
-  leave a comment telling me how you would use your Modernica ceramic wok.
-  make sure to include your name (you can make one up, but if you win you will be contacted for your shipping address)
-  add your location, by state.

The deadline for entries is Thursday, February 26th, 11pm EST. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Saturday 28th. I will ask the winner to email me shipping details.

Good luck!

91 comments:

  1. Last week I brought up from my dirt floored basement 8 clay pots of grape hyacinths. The green and periwinkle blue looks good in any pot this time of year but would look exquisite in this Modernica bowl.
    What a lovely giveaway.
    from Penna.

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  2. Oh how lovely! I have some little succulents looking for a home (not sure what they are, they were on sale at Garvin Woodland Garden here in Arkansas) - they would love it in that wok!

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  3. Judith in Massachusetts here. Wouldn't it look lovely holding one of those huge containers of Meyer Lemons or oranges my husband tends to bring home from Costco -- or, yes, succulents, African violets, and/or herbs.

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  4. I don't have the greenest thumb, but in the past year I've turned a corner. An orchid, a gift last spring from a friend, has bloomed year round (after I googled how to keep it alive). I've received three other plants since, all gifts, and they are thriving. I was just thinking about adding succulents to my growing collection and this would be the perfect pot. Maria

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  5. Here in Seattle, it would be used in many ways throughout the year. Storing fresh tomatoes from the summer garden, avocados, grapefruit and other fruit/veg from the store, floating flowers from when I accidentally cut the stem too short. Another use would be to display my collection of 17 Japanese glass fish floats that are in shades of blue and green. In December it could hold ornaments or be planted with a bright blooming cyclamen.

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  6. Oh, that's lovely! I've been keeping some succulents from our wedding four and a half years ago (living centerpieces FTW!) in a junky old pot, but this would be their new home, I think :)

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  7. How cool that would look on my dining room table. The table is 180 years old and made by my 4th great grandfather from black walnut trees on his farm in Connecticut. Think of the juxtaposition of the old and new. I'd put my Blenko glass balls in it; unfortunately no plants indoors as they would just become food for the new kittens. But I do sit at the dining room table and read and watch the birds at the four feeders out in the tiny garden which gets as little sun as your Harlem terrace. It's full of shade plants like hostas, lungwort, plumbago and the like.

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  8. I envision it on my kitchen table. In the winter I could use it to force bulbs and the rest of the year I could fill it with produce or treasures from my garden.

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  9. An agave, or several. Loree, in Oregon.

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    1. I would give it as a birthday present to my 71 year old grandmother. New York State

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    2. Anonymous - you need a name.

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  10. What a beautiful planter, or lemon holder, or candle floater..The possibilities are endless! I would most likely use it for pansies or herbs. I think they would look so beautiful against the fresh white of the pot. I am a lover of plants like yourself, and am always trying to fill the house with all kinds of plants and flowers. Here in Nevada, it's very dry and an extreme climate, so things don't do too well outside but I find indoor gardening pretty satisfying. My husband and I live in a house that has a skylight above the dining room table and I think this bowl would be the perfect centerpiece with some beautiful flowers in it. Even if I didn't win it, maybe i can convince him I have to have it! He would pretty much fall on the floor over the price though. :) Thanks for providing such a beautiful giveaway. It really is a stunning piece. Stay warm over there in Harlem and may the snow melt and the weather warm up so you can start your garden again! Many hugs to you from Nevada.

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  11. Herbs - set on a glass-topped table on the porch during the summer, lugged indoors to the kitchen butcher block in the winter. It's gorgeous! Regarding your composter, when it warms in the spring, add a bottle of beer to get it going. I also add a couple of cartons of red wigglers from the bait shop. In Oklahoma, my composter is also frozen.

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  12. What a beautiful piece. I have absolutely no idea what I would use it for, but I know it would be simply gorgeous on my new quartz countertop :-) I like the idea of using it for fruit . Living in California, I could change that up quite often. Thank you for the opportunity to enter.

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  13. Lovely planter, this would go on the front porch, in Pennsylvania, which would make it more inviting and make Helen happy. Sequence of perennials such as croci, wood violets, trout lilies would all find a home here.

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  14. Love the lines of the planter. Would look good in any setting from farm house to penthouse. Thanks for fun giveaway.

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  15. opps....I am in not so sunny Florida.

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  16. I would give it to my good friend, who loves plants and food, in New York.
    Ann

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  17. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE this planter! I live in Long Beach and I'm a big advocate of native plants. I would fill this with some lovely California natives (just like I have filling my yard) that help provide for and protect our natural flora and fauna. I'd love a spectablis penstemon as the centerpiece (fluorescent violet-colored) along with some calistoga yarrow (ivory flowers) and a pop of the state flower, California poppies.

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  18. It's sleek architectural design would be perfect to fill with an ever changing seasonal bounty of Oregon's abundance of farm to table herbs, orchard fruit, grapes from our vineyards, or planted outdoors on my patio for rare and wonderful plants I collect. Thanks for the offer.

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  19. I'd put it on my dining table as a center piece with fruit in it.

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  20. I would love to put this on my deck here in Charlotte, NC. We already have some Spring bulbs coming up so this would be for the heat of summer with ivy and white geraniums and maybe give a spash of red and trailing geraniums.Today is the next reading in Moby Dick now in Chapter 42 on The Whiteness of the Whale: "whiteness has been even made significant of gladness, for among the Romans a white stone marked a joyful day;..." So I love the white planter.
    KBUCKINGHAM@carolina.rr.com

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    1. Maybe I should read it again. Thank you for the reminder. I didn't remember that line at all.

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  21. Hello Marie, that is a beautiful piece. I would use it on the kitchen counter to hold/display fruit and possibly on the table as a centerpiece. Love the combination of the white ceramic with the light wood.

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  22. Jack [from Michigan]February 24, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Very attractive item. I would have holes drilled and plant it with a herb forest and then donate it as a prize for new members of our local Community Garden.

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  23. Seattle, WA - It could be used for so many different things...and some of the great ideas above, but the first thing I thought of had nothing to do with plants. It would make a great outside water bowl for the cats. They do love their wild water :-)

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  24. Arkansas - Beautiful item. Maybe a small herb garden. It would look nice with fresh fruit or fresh vegetables from my garden.

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  25. Oooh this would be AH-MAZING to win! I would use this to plant herbs on my front porch :) Oh and I'm in Washington state. Thank you!

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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  26. Los Angeles - My Christmas cactus sure would look fit perfectly in this piece. And it would be a lovely compliment to my cylinder case study that holds my patchouli plant. YES, YES!

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  27. I would plant some succulents and place it on my desk at my new job. This place needs some plants! Naples Island, California

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    1. Yes, desks need plants. Work needs plants.

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  28. It's gorgeous! Think i would use it to arrange other pots - bulbs in the winter, then fruit in spring and fall and flowers in the summer. It would make a lovely centerpiece all by itself. And then there's Christmas - it'd put all my best BIG glass balls and some winter greenery in it. What a generous giveaway. webb in Virginia.

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    1. Yes, very generous of Modernica, I agree. Love the Christmas idea.

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  29. Beautiful. I believe it would hold my 5lb bag of clementines. Not sure I could bear to plant something in it and then not be able to pull it out for a party. Big salads maybe? Looks very multi-purpose.
    Nelson in Colorado. (And Texas, too!)

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  30. Here in California we would float two dozen gardenias in that generously sized container -
    Or maybe stuff it to overflowing with an armful of tillandsia xerographicas....

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  31. Here in RI I might consider herbs like a low chamomile or even alpine strawberry! A lovely piece.

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  32. I would love this vessel to plant a lettuce garden!

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  33. In the ceramic wok I would grow a fern. Maybe an airy maidenhair to lighten up the wok a bit. Sadly, there is no true sunlight in my tiny apartment until the very end of the day (beautiful sunsets, however), so a low-light indoor plant is the only option. Luckily, I do adore ferns. My little sable cat, Kamala, who is 16 this year, would enjoy it, too. We are in Southern California.

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  34. I would use it to hold all the apples and fruit, and put it on my dining table. But a salad bowl as someone mentioned would be a great idea to make every gathering special. Emmy nyc

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  35. It would make a beautiful succulent garden container. An Agave Kissho Kan, the purple grey of an Echiveria, some Sedum De Oro spilling over the side, some white pebbles and grey drift wood to add some texture. A piece of sea glass or two. It would be a gardening respite from this cold Pennsylvania winter.

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  36. I would be able to bring my herb garden indoors for the winter by planting a windowsill garden.
    My herb plants (thyme, basil, parsley, cilantro and mint) would look great in that beautiful containers.

    I'd be snipping fresh herbs in my kitchen throughout the winter.

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    1. Please enter your state to be eligible, Cislyn.

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    2. Central Valley, California

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  37. I think I'd love this right on my kitchen table to hold a variety of fruit...it's so pretty! Tyneisha here from Southern California! Thank you for the chance!

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  38. Spring, I would grow wheatgrass and make it an Easter basket for my table. Summer a lettuce bowl. Fall - marigolds and winter - forced bulbs to get through my long Wisconsin winters

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  39. Here in snowy Virginia I would use this bowl to hold my garden yield throughout the season. Leaf lettuce in the earliest spring and ending with winter squash in the late fall. While my garden is dormant it would be filled with apples purchased from the local farmers.

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  40. A delicious batch of herbs or perhaps wild strawberries? Am outside of San Francisco. Love reading this every day with my cup of coffee before the girls wake up. Thank you.

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  41. Why? Why can't you ship further than the 48 states? USPS flat rate cost the same whether in Florida or Hawaii. Or I can pay the difference. I wouldn't plant anything in it, I'd put local fruits like passion fruit, mangoes in it for self-serve snacking.

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    1. I'm sorry, Cleta. It's a heavy item, and I am respecting Modernica's shipping rule.

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    2. Thank you for answering...now I know, now I'm sad. I love your blog, you're my inspiration for my own deck gardening.

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  42. Julie here in the bleak snowscape of Boston, MA. This is a beautiful piece! I would love to fill it with water lilies and set it on my porch. Assuming, of course, that the snow ever melts...

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  43. Really gorgeous giveaway! I'm Kelsey in Chicago, IL. This bowl would make a beautiful centerpiece to my patio table: either planted with succulents, herbs, or just piled with fruit or lettuce salads. Really pretty. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  44. In ice-crusted Chicago, IL dreaming of Spring. I would put this lovely vessel on a low patio table and fill it with creeping thyme. (Ahhh, sniff) In the Fall I would place it on our coffee table, filled with pine cones. Mostly I just want to run my hands over that smooth matte finish.

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  45. This is the most perfect and beauriful planter ever! I would love a new home for some colorful and very unique little succulents I picked up at the Rose Bowl flea market. Yes, succulents/ cacti in winter, I'm in California.
    I would proudly display it in the middle of my home and would be excellent for my upcoming Mad Men party!

    xo
    Beatricedejong@gmail.com

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  46. Hi Marie. I would love to have the bowl--no holes--here in my under construction kitchen in Maine.
    Filled with balls wound tight with fabric ribbons, red grapefruit, tomatoes--depending on the season.
    I could also tuck in the orchids when blooming or the cape primrose.

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  47. I always dislike St. Louis winters, cold and grey and hardly any snow. This year to chase the winter blues away I have gotten into air plants and this planter would be perfect to make a display for the dinner table.

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  48. Hi Marie- how nice to have this giveaway! I would plant my purple heliotropes on one side and the white on the other of this lovely Modernica ceramic. My living room would look much better and the plants would appreciate an elegant home. Perhaps they'd be inspired to release more perfume!

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  49. I lost my little garden when we raised our house after Sandy storm flooding, but I gained a sunny deck. I would plant lavander in this beautiful container pot to grace my deck. -----Long Beach, NY

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  50. What a beautiful vessel! I would set it on my kitchen counter and fill it with oranges, lemons, limes and then orchids with ferns, and then fresh scones, and then maybe just empty to catch its breath before I fill again. How fun just to think of what I would do if I was fortunate to win! Thank you Marie.

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  51. I would plant a dwarf Meyers Lemon tree in it as its first home. How beautiful it would look housing the dark green waxy leaves and the small bright yellow lemons.
    Barbara

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    1. My state is Georgia....Barbara

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  52. I think that this vessel would and could hold a multitude of objects. I love the fact that it might hold fruits or vegetables part of the year and sometimes it could be a vessel to hold works of art. I have a wonderful collection of blue heads that I bought from an artist once and they would look wonderful inside the crisp white of this bowl. And then again...what about my collection of red, white and yellow dice? I can think of so many things especially since I am a big collector of objects. I have an entire basket filled with old keys, bowls and bowls of heart-shaped rocks, specimens of moss that I have collected on my walks after a windy day, cue balls from a pool table...the list goes on and on. I hope I have the chance to win the vessel and I will send you photos! I love in California so the thought of a bit of white right now seems more than welcome! Teri

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    1. ^ That is a nice Freudian slip: "I love in California." ...or was it?

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  53. Robert from Los Angeles Ca, I would put it somewhere in my living room to match my white ceramic planters I have. I also love the fruit idea.

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  54. Hi, Marie--
    My family and I live in Palm Springs, California. Our 12-year old Maltese/Miniature Schnauzer mix, Sadie, had surgery on her torn ligament 3.5 weeks ago, and she is going through a challenging recovery period. I would use this beautiful planter to grow things that she loves--chiefly among those, pet grass for doggies! She just loves to munch on the greens. I would place the container outside, on our little terrace, so that she could practice walking to it to get her favorite snack. The beautiful container of pet grass would serve as a motivation for her to have faith in her repaired leg...and go eat some delicious-ness!

    Thanks so much,
    Jennifer B.

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  55. Succulents, definitely. Though dark purple violas would look great with the white.

    Kansas

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  56. Catnip for my old (11plus years) cat, Meow. Thanks, Jana, Brooklyn, New York

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    1. Such good ideas, from everyone, plus plenty of heart string-tugging . This will be a random drawing but it would be fun to do a poll to see which answers touch collective nerves.

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  58. (Will try commenting again again. I abhor auto-correct!) The first thing I thought of when I saw the photo was a birdbath. I love entertaining the birds in our yard. And butterflies and dragonflies might enjoy it, too.

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  59. This would make such a beautiful centerpiece to do an array of succulents in! Also, I'm from Utah :)

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  60. I would pile a bunch of citrus to make me think of spring. Or a big tangle of yarns. Something to contrast the beautiful white. I am in Northern California.

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  61. Oh it's so very beautiful and would make quite a statement standing alone. I would probably plant succulents which would be a beautiful contrast against the white bowl.

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  62. I am from PA and at this moment I don't know what I would put in it. I would have to find some flower/plant/other that would allow the beauty of this piece to shine through because I just love it. I have an outdoor "living space" that would house this beautiful piece during the spring/summer/fall but it would be in my home for the winter. I know my son who has inherited my mother and my love for beautiful plants/flowers would probably want to grab this beauty on his way out the door one day after visiting. I'll have to make sure to keep my eye on it. His fiance laughs because he does so well with living things.

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  63. Representing the bay area, California! Hi Marie, super lovely bowl. I could imagine many uses for it - filled with some beautiful fruit or planting some bulbs in it. Thanks!!

    -Beth

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  64. Peoria Illinois-and yes, this lovely piece would play in Peoria, as the old saying goes. I see my tiny white cat, Lydia curled up amid the balls of yarn that would look lovely in it during the winter. I'd have to take it away from her to force bulbs in the spring, and later grow something low and creeping to drape over the lip for the middle of my dining room table....Cheers! Spring will be here sooner than we can imagine :-)

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  65. Peoria Illinois-and yes, this lovely piece would play in Peoria, as the old saying goes. I see my tiny white cat, Lydia curled up amid the balls of yarn that would look lovely in it during the winter. I'd have to take it away from her to force bulbs in the spring, and later grow something low and creeping to drape over the lip for the middle of my dining room table....Cheers! Spring will be here sooner than we can imagine :-)

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  66. I would definitely plant something in it - it's so beautiful! I live in Arkansas.

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