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March 27, 2009

Hooked on Window Boxes!

Thanks to Julia from Hooked on Houses for hosting one of our favourite blog parties, Hooked on Fridays!

I have spring on the brain. It could be because my blog partner Kelly recently wrote about the coming of spring (you’ll find her posts here and here)… it could be because it’s taken forever and ever to arrive… it could be because this morning I finally noticed that the neighbour’s tree is starting to bud… or it could be because my seasonal allergies have flared up and I’ve been suffering all week! Yep… that’s gotta be it!! ;-)

And don’t forget about all the beautiful potted flowers and plants that are starting to arrive at the local gardening centres OR all the stuff I’m reading out in Blogsphere about spring plantings. Perfect example: HGTV Canada’s blog Style Sheet.

Yes, spring is in the air… finally!!

Problem. I have a brown thumb!

But that doesn’t stop me from trying to grow beautiful flowers. Why? Because I LOVE window boxes!!

Let me share with you the current, sorry state of my window baskets…

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Poor things, hey? They were pretty last summer, but you know… they never got as full, dramatic and beautiful as these inspirational lovelies…

Enjoy!

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Some lovely windows in France

162102646_e6cbca5ea4How about cute clay pots instead of a boxes? Charming!

178255500_68f974e052 A fantastic tilting Tudor with sweet window boxes!

131830913_a75c0c5db3 Window boxes behind bars… a great way to pretty-up security!

128295937_5b0ee80ff1 Water your window box daily and you just may grow a kitty, too!

207901830_1ae63b1676 Even the bank on your local Main Street looks better with a flowering window box.

IMG_1524 HAD to share my LaLa’s special, well loved garden with baskets beautifying a plain garage.

189616993_f1c0ecefd8 Love these windows in Austria!

Front_window_boxIf only my baskets could look as decadent as this one created by Dewald Gardens

Or… like these lovely displays on a Brooklyn brownstone

cambridgeflowerboxesCredit: Brownstoner (a site about Brooklyn real estate & renovation)

Love window boxes on sheds… so pretty!

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Finally… in honour of Kelly’s love of purple

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I’m INSPIRED!!

And… I need… Flowers!!!

But it’s still too cold outside to plant much :-(

I guess that means that instead of planting pretty flowers into pots this weekend, I’m painting my client Kate’s bathroom (hey… I kinda enjoy painting) and shopping. I think I can have a little fun at Ikea, the fabric store, Liberty Living (big, huge sale on this weekend!) and even Home Depot, too, don’t you?? And maybe I’ll browse some wallpaper books for Kate’s bedroom wall…

Hmmm…

Maybe those planting projects can wait after all – I’ve got fun stuff to do this weekend!! (no wonder my thumb is brown!)

Be sure to head back to party central for Hooked on Fridays!

Victoria from Edin Interiors

Link: flickr.com

23 comments:

Mrs B said...

Hi Victoria
How beautiful did all those window boxes look! Some people just have the knack of not only keeping their plants alive but are able to produce the most magnificent arrangement of plants. Sadly, this is not me but at least I enjoy looking at other peoples much cared for gardens.
Mrs B

mbkatc230 said...

What beautiful window boxes! Sadly, I lack the horticulture gene, but I do love flowers and a lush yard. If my ship ever comes in, the first thing I would do is hire a gardner lol! Thanks for the lovely pictures. Can't wait to see what else you are doing in that beautiful condo. Kathy

Things That Inspire said...

I love window boxes! Whenever I travel to Charleston or London, I always take pictures of the amazing window boxes. After all, window boxes are like the front yards for people who live in urban areas.

Christy said...

Yes, I think spending time at Ikea and Home Depot does sound like fun! I love those stores. And I love window boxes - what beautiful images you chose. Thank you!

Tom Erdman said...

My son is a grower at a greenhouse. He can grow anything (he plays with orchids). So, if you need a hand, I'm sure he'd love to help.

Mrs. Petrie said...

I covet those window boxes. I wonder if my husband would be up for another gardening project this weekend?

Just A Girl And Her Craftsman Bungalow said...

Love this.
I was just about to put on my list "research how to keep the window boxes watered" as I've seen these little tubes coming out of some boxes and I know there is some kind of self watering device I just don't know what it is? Ideas?

Patricia Gray said...

I too am anxiously awaiting warmer weather!! It seems like it is never going to arrive. Thanks for the inspiration of the window boxes. I can hardly wait to get my hands in the soil.

Christy said...

These are beautiful examples of window boxes. I have said for years I was going to add some to my home and still haven't gotten around to it. There is a book you may enjoy called Window Boxes For Your Garden by Carol Spier. You may also enjoy this site: rogersgardens.com

Pam Kersting said...

Loved the post! But you know I'm a lover of flowers too. The secret to good window boxes is to amend the soil with organic fertilizers and water regularly. If you let them dry out, they will never get back what they once had. Good luck!

Love Where You Live said...

I love these. Now, I'm hooked. I want one or two or three....
Nice post. Happy spring, -susan

janet said...

VICTORIA, OH THESE ARE SOME BEAUTIFUL FLOWER BOXES, GOTTA LOVE THE ONE WITH THE KITTIE
HUGS
JANET

qerat said...

Love cities that have lots of window boxes. They do tell me that spring/summer is here, and immediate boost to the spirit.

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

I do love flower boxes! These are gorgeous examples. I sighed all the way through your post. The kitty growing in one of the boxes cracked me up. :-)

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

What a great post. Love window boxes, don't see them at all here in the Houston area (too flipping hot!). Makes me want to move to the English countryside!
Fav has to be the Brooklyn Brownstone. Elegant!

Maria Killam said...

There does seem to be a real talent for getting window boxes to bloom big and full! I don't have it myself yet.

ImagineCozy said...

I adore window boxes! I just wish I could do them right at my house. We have some on our playhouse but I have never put real flowers in them --- I guess I am a little intimidated.

Your photos are so beautiful ---

Velvet and Linen said...

Great inspiration, Victoria.
I'm sure your window baskets will be beautiful when Spring is in full swing.
Have a wonderful weekend.

xo
Brooke

Mona said...

This is a wonderful post. Every house should have flower boxes on them.

Bonnie said...

I love the window boxes! The pictures are so pretty, and the kitty is adorable. I have some flowers that are starting to bloom in the garden now too. Your doggie cap is hilarious! I hope you have a beautiful weekend. :)

Michelle said...

I think I may take a trip to the plant nursery this weekend...great inspiration!

mrsben said...

Victoria: These are absolutely beautiful and inspiring. (Something I definitely do NOT have is a 'green thumb'. Unfortuntely didn't inherit it from my Mother.) I envy all those who live in warmer climates who can get a jump-start on Spring planting). We still have mounds of snow in our area.
Thanks for sharing these pretty pics.
-Brenda- Ottawa Valley area CANADA

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Such inspiration! It reminds me I should be weeding. :)

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