• DIY Project ~ Welcome Spring! Time to change the window boxes!

    Posted on March 30, 2013 by in Amazing flower pairings, DIY home and garden craft projects, Recycled and repurposed items as garden art, Things that inspire me in the garden


    Welcome spring with a windowbox full of spring blooms! https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/diy-project-welcome-spring-time-to-change-the-window-boxes/

    Welcome spring with a window box full of spring blooms!

    After a surprise snow early in the week, it is suddenly spring. The trees are showing halos of green and red as buds prepare to unfurl and birdsong wakes me in the morning. Time to change out the front window boxes with the earliest spring blooms: bulbs.

    Gathered on the porch for protection for the last week was a collection of pussy willow branches, primroses, hyacinths, tete a tete narcissus, heather and several pretty shades of tulips. Some were on sale for Easter in the grocery store and the others I bought from our local Produce Junction at their incredibly low prices.

    Next, I was off to our Garden Room to grab a few watering cans from my collection to serve as accents in the displays. This time I decided to showcase one large watering can in one box and group two together in the other. For once, I was glad to have an endless ivy supply in the backyard and pulled some to use as greens for these arrangements.

    Setting the cans in place first, I then popped in the larger potted tulips, the yellow tete a tetes and the pussy willow branches. Filling in with hyacinths, pansies, primroses and ivy was the last step.

    These early blooms will last about two weeks, but when they fade, I will relocate them into the garden, where I will enjoy them all over again next year.

    Spring bulbs, heather, pussy willow and ivy https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/diy-project-welcome-spring-time-to-change-the-window-boxes/

    Spring bulbs, heather, pussy willow, pansies create a colorful display.


    Close-up of the watering cans in the windowbox. https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/diy-project-welcome-spring-time-to-change-the-window-boxes/

    Close-up of the galvanized watering cans in the window box.

    Tiny fabric bird with twig beak , wings and tail attached to a clothespin.https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/diy-project-welcome-spring-time-to-change-the-window-boxes/

    Tiny fabric bird with twig beak , wings and tail attached to a clothespin.

    Yellow fabric bird accent sitting in the heather. https://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/diy-project-welcome-spring-time-to-change-the-window-boxes/

    Yellow fabric bird accent sitting in the heather.

    Tulips, hyacinths, primroses, pussy willow branches, heather and pansies plus some ivy from the yard

    Tulips, hyacinths, primroses, pussy willow branches, heather and pansies plus some ivy from the yard fill this window box.

6 Responses so far.

    • Barb says:

      Thanks, Carlene!
      I really got excited when the temperatures warmed up and I could finally do the spring window boxes. I had stockpiled plants for over a week!
      Happy Spring!

  1. I also have lots of ivy that I could use. You said you “pulled some”. So you get down to the dirt and get the roots?

    • Barb says:

      Hi, Doreen! Half the landscape was covered in ivy when we bought this place five years ago (end of April). I mowed, covered, smothered, yanked and did whatever I could, short of dynamite to clear the property.There’s one spot in the back where I ran out of steam, so we still have a very healthy ivy patch. To use it as greens in the windowboxes, I just pulled some of the ivy up out of the ground and tucked the roots into the soil of the box, but I won’t be replanting it!
      Happy Gardening!

  2. Pam Tivner says:

    I love this, where did you get the birds? You have such great ideas. Thank you for sharing!

    • Barb says:

      Thanks for writing, Pam! The little birds were an inexpensive find in a local gift shop and I just loved that they sit on clothespins! Great to hear you like my window boxes for spring. Happy Gardening!


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