At long last, Spring! Bird song heralds the day’s start. Crocus, snowdrops and tete a tete daffodils are blooming, seemingly overnight, after only a warm day or two. To celebrate the beginning of spring, I like to change out the winter windowboxes to early spring blooms.
My secrets revealed, I don’t actually plant in soil! Layered with some old hay and moss to retain moisture, plants in pots are placed in position and then easy to switch out as the season progresses. Small plants have a sandwich bag slipped over their bottoms and are inserted in a prettier clay pot. As the blooms finish, they will be relocated to the garden and make our yard lovelier every year.
Nearby our home, we have a wonderful place called Produce Junction, where I find most of these spring beauties. For about twenty dollars a windowbox, I can purchase all the flowers already in bloom. Ruffled pansies, cyclamen, daffodils, tulips, heather, primroses and ivy were my plant choices this trip. Except for the few annuals, each year these plants will continue to fill in the flowerbeds and bring spring color to our landscape.
Select a theme and make your windowboxes lush so they can be easily seen from the street for all to enjoy. My idea this year was to have a basket spilling over surrounded by potted flowers. And, of course, there has to be a bird or two! Take a peek and tell me what you think!
See last year’s windowboxes here!