With hydrangea season just underway at my house, I cut the first of my Annabelles this week. Then I carted them into our mud room where I plopped them in the sink to be sure they were critter-free. Our mudroom sink is stainless steel but rather small for potting and flower arranging tasks, which I’ve always regretted. So at that moment I thought – once again — how wonderful it would be to have an outdoor potting sink to devote to flowers and plants.
If you’re going for an outdoor sink, the climate must cooperate. Here, on the East coast, outdoor pipes are a tough proposition. No one wants to call the plumber for a burst pipe emergency on a subzero day when there’s two feet of snow on the ground and he can’t turn the water off safely to make a repair.
But an outdoor potting sink — just like this one — looks so ideal on this deck in Georgia. That’s because it’s a deep, double galvanized sink with integral drainboard. It might well be found at a salvage yard or at a restaurant fixture auction. One in stainless steel could work very well too and be rust-free forever. But there’s something about the way galvanized steel weathers and patinas that makes it so authentic.
A sink like this one also betrays a serious gardener at work. Note the compost can below the work top and an abundance of blooming shrubs and flowers cut and displayed in the ample basin. What a sink! I can dream, right?
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