With overwintered plants moving (slowly but surely) to the garden, I've regained access to the big French doors in the living room, which means I could finally plant the empty, ugly window boxes. Since I keep the screens out in the side doors for easy watering (because the window boxes need to be watered everyday), I always have to wait until I can open the center doors before planting the boxes-and I made sure I could do that this past weekend. (This link might help make more sense of what doors I'm talking about)
After a trip to Main's, Meijer, and Lowes (where I had a major score) I was ready to plant.
|I've been looking at this ugly thing all winter-with hardly any snow to cover the depressing dirt. Oh! And the edges are jagged because the narrow little Juliet balcony wouldn't accommodate a regular window box, so I had to trim the edges.|
|A blurry pic of this years palette. Pretty much a bright (indeed, the blue/purple petunias look almost neon in the sun) palette of classic annuals-geraniums, petunias, and coleus.|
|Got busy right away, removing quite a bit of the old dirt and replacing it with new potting mix. The white petunias are 'Cascade' petunias-not quite a 'Wave', I guess. The others are just regular old petunias.|
|The dark purple-black coleus is a nod to Guy's suggestion that the color palette be "Black". I actually found some black petunias, but they were pricey! Plus, I had a black and lime green palette last year.|
|This is one of the smaller seed geraniums with very bright, fuchsia blooms. See how the blue-lavender petunias sort of change colors on the same plant?|
|I now have a much nicer view out the windows...can't wait to see how they fill in!|