My friend Nancy, in Olympia, Washington, has a flower pot that goes around the umbrella in the middle of her patio table. Very cute. She has filled the flower pot with portulaca.
The terracotta pot is actually 2 pots, each going halfway around the umbrella stick. By tying the 2 halves together, there's the illusion that one pot goes completely around.
How often do we see something beautiful, only to later recognize its "brokenness," its unsatisfactoriness?
The portulaca pot is beautiful, but it's not quite as it seems. The illusion certainly fooled me.