Planted Windowbox

Tuesday, May 29, 2012



We made it to the greenhouse this past weekend and finally chose the flowers for the front windowbox. I always seem to follow the same routine when I'm there:

1. I walk around admiring the pretty flowers.
2. I choose the perfect flower and decide that it will go in my windowbox this year.
3. I pull out the tag to read the planting instructions.
4. I read the tag which says: FULL SUN.
5. I cry.
6. Repeat steps 1-5.

Here is what I ended up purchasing to fill the 12-foot windowbox that gets late afternoon partial sun.

Four of these.

Twelve of these.


Four of these.

Five of these.

Fifteen of these.

Before planting any of the flowers, I positioned them all on the deck first to determine the spacing and arrangement. 



Just like my front yard planters, I mixed equal parts potting mix and black earth together so the soil would be heavier than just plain potting mix alone. This helps to keep the soil moist when we're at the cottage in the summer and aren't able to water the flowers regularly.




Once I filled up the windowbox with fresh soil, I planted the flowers. I had to work in 20 minute speed intervals whenever the babe was asleep. Note: I just may have fended off ten thousand mosquitos during this project.




Here's how the windowbox is looking after just being planted. I can't wait to do an update in the summer when everything fills out and is in full bloom.

Well, that's one garden/yard project done. Only ninety-nine left! Woohoo!

18 comments:

  1. Love your window box with flowers! Looks lovely! I like how you add some rosary vine too!

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    1. I just hope those vine thingies do okay since they technically need more sun than I can give 'em. Fingers crossed!

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  2. It looks lovely .... makes me wish I had green fingers

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    1. Welllll, just because I planted them doesn't mean that I can keep them alive all summer. haha.

      :)

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  3. LOVE your window box! Beautiful!

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  4. It looks so pretty, Sarah!!! We're off to the nursery this weekend to get our flowers...and I suck at outside stuff. I do the same thing you do...set my heart on all the flowers I like the looks of and then realized none of them will work with our shade/sun combo:( Thanks for the mix about the potting soil/black earth combo!

    Loved your Cooper one month post!!! He is so stinkin' cute! Can you believe a month has already gone by?! Crazy, huh?!

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    1. I absolutely cannot believe that he is over a month old now. He's making all sorts of cute noises now and holding his head up for little intervals.

      Where's the pause button, WHERE'S THE PAUSE BUTTON!??!?!

      Hahaha.

      Good luck with your flowers. I'll be looking for your post all about them. :)

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  5. Looking pretty!! Love that window box!

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  6. I adore all yellow, peach, and orange begonias. Sadly, in a rush, the two places we checked each had one (not at all similar) yellow begonia hanging basket, just a few left-over ones to pot, and no brilliant orange. My husband was drawn to the super-hot pink New Guinea impatiens, and the kids like the the hot pink as well. And there was plenty of it. So we have that, plus blue and white fillers (lobelia? and allysum). But I will mentally be picturing your lovely window box of yellow-peach begonias - lovely :)

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    1. That happened to me last year, too. I waited too long to go to the greenhouse so all the pale yellow begonias were gone. I cried.

      Hot pink is pretty though, too. Don't be sad. :)

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  7. Very pretty. I have the same sunlight issue at my place and always go with geraniums, which I do not generally like, but love the look of in window boxes. Perhaps I will try out begonias next year!

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    1. And perhaps I will try geraniums next year.... not sure what those are yet but I will find out and maybe mix it up a bit.

      :)

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  8. very pretty! i finally got my butt out in the garden this past weekend. kinda hard to do being 33 weeks preggers, but i got'er done! much prettier outside now :)

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    1. I'm pretty sure I stenciled the wall in the nursery when I was around 33 weeks preggers, what a big mistake that was! Oy.

      Very impressive that you got some yard work done in the heat and YAY for getting closer to your due date.

      :)

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  9. i really like your window box... the flowers you've chosen is perfect.....i didn't see you mentioning the name of these flowers though....i am a complete noob when it comes to flower names!

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  10. Very pretty window box!!! I love the wave petunias, and just regular begonias.....which can be planted in sun, part sun, and or shade, and you don't have to dead head anything either!!! Easy peasy!!!

    But I did have a question - you do have holes in your window boxes for drainage, right? I have holes, and then we put stones in a meshy potato bag at the bottom for good drainage, and finally the dirt..... have you ever tried that? Anyway - love your flowers!!!

    Diane from Michigan

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