They lived on the Screened-in-Porch last Summer -but as you might recall- I’ve been enjoying them in the mudroom on top of the built-in shoe storage cabinet since Fall. At first I filled them with white pumpkins and moss, and now I simply have them full of newspaper and capped with moss.I recently took to eBay because I wanted to add to my collection. (I want the top of the cabinet completely full of planters.) Not knowing the name of this pottery I searched for “unmarked McCoy planter” and came upon a listing that referred to my design as Robinson Ransbottom Majolica Style Jardiniere. Bingo! Turns out they are from the 1970′s, and are not all that expensive. A collection doesn’t always have to be made up of fancy or priceless heirlooms. Sometimes it’s just about liking the way something looks and knowing it will look a lot better en masse. In the end, I bid on a few more Jardiniere’s in various sizes as well as another pair of footed McCoy Pine Cone pots. I’m currently waiting for bidding to end, and for the UPS man to arrive! Suddenly, I can’t wait to force Amaryllis bulbs in them next Christmas - hold up, why should I wait? I suppose I could consider forcing bulbs for Spring, or is it too late?