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Grayhouse: 1910

Grayhouse: 1910

Pittsburgh circa 1910. "Phipps Conservatory, Schenley Park." Awaiting the touch of the colorist's brush. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

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Clay pots

My mother, who died about 30 years ago at age 89, loved flowers. Some geraniums she planted in our yard, removing them from the clay pots they came in. However, if she wanted to place them in our south-side bay window on a specially-built shelf, she would put the clay pot in a decorative glazed ceramic plant holder which covered the pot completely. The clay pots had a hole in the center of the bottom, so you could water the plant and any excess water would drain into the outer holder, so the plant wasn't over-watered, which could kill it. The excess water would gradually seep back through the clay pot as it was needed by the plant, so you didn't have to water them quite as often.

Better in color

A serene and beautiful place still. We're proud members and I've taken approximately eleven million photos there in the past six or so years.

100 + years later

It's still pretty much the same today as it was back then. I'm spent many a Saturday or Sunday, especially around x-mas, walking thru the rooms of the Conservatory.

Nursery pots

Plants on the right appear to be pelargonium (aka geranium).

It's something I've never thought about now, but I suppose back then, pre-cheap-plastic, all plants were sold in terra cotta pots, How nice! I wonder if they were immediately repotted, as we do now with our plastic pots, or if they kept them in the clay ones. (The geranium house shown recently leads me to think maybe they just left them in the terra cotta)

Ladies Purses

The plants on the left are Calceolaria -- aka Ladies Purse, Pocketbook Flower, Slipper Flower or Slipperfoot.

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