For several years I wanted to become a residential architect. I believe that my keen eye (and appreciation!) for aesthetics is derived from years and years of cultivating flowers. Well let me just say that those Europeans know how to make a house look good! Their windows, doors, trimwork, and their gardens are generally a bit more "refined" than the average American residence. Even the smallest, dinkiest Euro cottage is likely to be significantly more attractive (one might say "charming") than the smallest, dinkiest American shack. I think I know one of their secrets....
Enter my appreciation for window boxes. I love the things. So do those Old Worlders across the pond.
While we do not have bona-fide window boxes (i.e. underneath, well, windows) we do have window boxes along the railing of our backyard deck. For a space such as a deck, it is a great idea to use plants that attract butterflies or hummingbirds. Dinner is always fun when there's some entertainment, right?
One of the things that fascinates me most about container gardening (e.g. pots, boxes) is the infinite number of beautiful "recipes" as they are called. Equally fascinating is the equally infinite number of bad ones. If you have window boxes, what do you like to grow in them? I try new combinations each year so please share any ideas or suggestions that you may have! In the meantime, please enjoy the pictures below--they provide a snippet of the endless opportunities for window box gardening!
|from 10 Best.com |
(Acorn Street in Beacon Hill, possibly the most beautiful street in the US)
|from This Old House|
(those Europeans strike again!)
|Nothing shy of perfection! This might be my favorite window box picture ever.|
|Extra stunning because of its simplicity!|