Saturday, April 28, 2012

Window Box Witchery


Container with accessories
So today my quest began for flowers for my window boxes on the back porch. I dumped out the old potting soil into my compost pile and added new fresh potting yesterday. So they are prepped and ready to go. 

The other day I was seduced by pots of soft peachy coral petunias, white verbena and bacopa... So I planted them up in a pot on the back porch. Here it is. I added a white ceramic mushroom and found this miniature garden stake that says "Hope" with a crescent moon. Who could resist that? Certainly not me.

As I have white siding on my house and off white window boxes- I go for lots of color in the window box arrangements. A few years a go I did all hot pinks and purples geraniums and petunias, then one year I did yellow and peach with a touch of blue lobelia. Pretty typical stuff. But this year I want to embrace my inner wild woman and go crazy. And my inspiration for funkier window boxes comes from my friend Sarah.

My friend Sarah is an amazing urban gardener. I wrote about Sarah’s city gardens in my book Garden Witch’s Herbal. Sarah has a knack for turning anything into a container. She has a lovely garden to be sure, however I am always struck by severe container garden envy whenever I go to Sarah’s house and see her gardens. She tosses the strangest things together in a mixed flower pot and the results are jaw-dropping. It makes me crazy that flowers that ought to be unappealing planted together are suddenly mind blowingly cool in a container. No doubt about it Sarah’s got the knack.

Flowers before planting
I think my own problem is that when it comes to planting my own window boxes… I tend to think like a floral designer- and even though the boxes are pretty, I tend to get a little precise.  Which is funny when my design style in the yard is cottage style gardening. So this year I am have embraced my inner “Sarah” and have mixed and matched plants and I did let myself go crazy! Here are a few pictures.

The window boxes have a full sun exposure… so off I trekked to the plant stand today and carefully selected my annuals. Varieties of trailing petunias, lobelia, bacopa and verbena. 
Setting the flowers out

Finished Window box

And I promised myself I would plant with abandon, and mix things up. I chose my flowers and ended up with cool colors- which I think "Pops" against the white siding and blue trim of the house. I set them (still in their pots) inside the window box to get a feel for them-- and then I planted away.  
 Here is a picture of one of the boxes all finished and hung on the house. So it was a nice morning's work. Because I was feeling industrious I swept up the patios and tidied up a bit. The  I walked around the yard and took more pictures of the gardens. 






Ellen's perennial garden 4-2012
I hope you will take some time this weekend and get outside and plant something! Even a container on your porch can add magick to your world. 
Blessed be, Ellen

4 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I love a garden that has bits of whimsy and surprise! I know nothing about "designing" a garden, I just buy what I like and plant where it will flourish. I love the look, but a professional would probably want to overhaul the whole dang thing. LOL...I loooove your beautiful style Ellen, inspiring! Your book Garden Witchery helps inspire every spring!

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  2. love the window boxes! the world needs more wild women like you and sarah. rock on, ellen! :-)

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  3. It is so great to potter around in the garden. I love putting my hands in the Earth, I feel very close to the Divine there.
    Have a great day !!!

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