|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|
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|
Blessed be, Ellen