I love stone benches and stone planters in the garden. When we moved to the Cape full time and were finally able to think about getting the yard and garden into shape, I spotted what appeared to be a perfect planter in a garden center. Upon closer inspection, I noticed a crack in its side. I had second thoughts at that point, wondering if water would get in the crack and cause it to fall apart.
The original price on the planter was around $75. When I pointed out the crack, the price was reduced to $15. For that price, it was definitely going home with me, even if it required yearly patch jobs.
Well, it’s been in our garden for about ten years now. The crack never got any worse. It doesn’t look like much in the picture, but a bit later in the season it will be overflowing with impatiens. Something that started out seemingly imperfect turned out to be perfect after all.