With spring flowers adding beautiful colour everywhere & the Squared Rainbow window adding colour to the inside of the porch, flower window boxes on the outside add the finishing touch.
Did you know you can get 3 packages of flower seeds for only $1 [yes, ONE dollar] at the Dollar Store? So, $4 can get you a dozen packages! That’s a lot of seeds!
Each window box is a simple 8 ft. long, open-top box made from 1x3s, then stained to match the window frames. The front corners do not overlap — I’m designing little stained glass corners to hide a small watering line.
The boxes were filled with a rich mixture of organic soil & peat moss with bone meal then the seeds were randomly sprinkled on top. I sectioned them by type–alyssum, marigolds, & mixed flowers–poking each one a tad into the soil.
10 days later — with implants from thinning flowers out back & growing seedlings inside — the boxes are full of little plants popping through the lush soil. [No flowers, the little flecks of pink have blown in from the apple & plum tree blossoms.]
So, while pulling out the dead growth last week, I thinned a few babies out to plant in areas out front where not a single one can be found.
I put 2-3 small ones at each end of each window box. If they surive, they will grow higher than the annuals but I doubt they’ll be profusive this year — hopefully they’ll spread on their own over the following seasons.
This fall I’ll plant some bulbs–crocus, tulip, lily–so less seeding will be required next spring. For this year, it’s a daily delight to check on the babes’ progress & look forward to some summer blooms.
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