Thursday, May 24, 2012

Easy Peasy Flower Box

It's finally warm enough to plant and put out annuals here in New England!

I love window boxes. Unfortunately our house doesn't have any.

But what it does have is a screen feeder mounted to the dining room window.

And while it holds seed during the winter months for our feathered friends....

and Sammy Squirrels...

... come springtime I reclaim the screen feeder as a window box!

This year I thought it might be nice to have the scent of lavender wafting through the windows...

 So I placed lavender closest to the window and surrounded it with 
the most hardy of my summer friends, impatiens.

 As long as they are watered daily, I've had wonderful luck with just placing 
six-packs and garden containers right on the screen feeder.
(Look at the clematis buds on top of the arbor! They'll be putting on their show soon!)

This was 2011's screen feeder with nothing but impatiens.

 The year before, in 2010, I put calibrachoa on the feeder.

And in 2009, our first summer with the screen feeder, I plopped down 6 packs of double impatiens.

So time will tell how I like the lavender and impatiens combination. So far, so good. I know I can count on the impatiens to flourish as they are the EASIEST annual for me (no dead-heading & no fertilizing - just once a day watering). Hopefully the lavender will be equally easy to care for in this unique "window box" setting.

I hope you are all enjoying beautiful weather, wherever you are!

Donna

COMMENT UPDATE:
I've given a more detailed description of this method in this DIY post, if you are interested in trying it yourself:
 DIY Screen Feeder - Flower Box

I'm linking to a Cottage Garden Party at Fishtail Cottage
I'm also linking to Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home.

7 comments:

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, what a delightful sight to see each day.. Genius!!! hugs ~lynne~

April said...

Love this! Will give it a try:)

Vintage Gal said...

I love this idea. How wonderful and the smell of lavender wafting through the window. Absolutely perfect ;-)

Fishtail Cottage said...

thank you so much for sharing your gardening post over here at Fishtail Cottage Garden Party! love it all! your blooms are beautiful, the shed is amazing (envious) and the little feeder is perfect and looks like you get a lot of visitors that love to come by! oxox, tracie

Susan said...

Hi Donna...What a great idea! I think I'll get some impatiens this weekend for our window boxes. Thanks! Yours look great. Susan

Betsy said...

I need some window boxes and the idea of lavender scenting my kitchen from the window would really be nice.
Betsy

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

Your garden space looks so fun. Am I reading right that you just put the containers on your screen door feeder/window box? Can it get any easier then that! They seemed to thrive if that is what you do. Lovely!