Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Window Boxes

We got the window boxes planted yesterday.
When I say "we", I mean the the royal "we"
because every year for Mother's Day,
Mr. Grand plants the window boxes for me...

I love flowers and I love gardens 
but I don't actually like gardening, or dirt or worms or bending and stooping....
I think I'm actually a better supervisor than worker! 
I like to pick out all of the flowers and design the containers
but the planting, no, not for me. 
Luckily, Mr. Grand enjoys a good project
and suffers my supervision with good humor.  Usually.

These window boxes are pretty wide- over six feet each, 
and so we divide them up into three liners in each box.
Then we set out all of the plants into my vague design and see what will fit.

I may possibly have bought more flowers than we needed, 
but there are always other containers looking for flowers around here.

Mr. Grand had some help this year...

See that orange flag off on the right?

It means that
Darling Daughter is home from her first year of college, 
just in time for Mother's Day!  

Mr. Grand always flies the Illini Flag when she comes home.  

Our son came home to visit, too!
Oh, Happy day!

Back to the window boxes...  
I try to use flowers that do well in part/a lot of shade, 
like Geraniums, Coleus, Impatiens and Sweet Potato vines.

I also try to follow the rule for container gardens- 
there needs to be a thrill, the fill and the spill.
The dark, gorgeous deep rasberry Geraniums are the thrill,
the pale pink Impatiens and the multi-colored Coleus are the fill   
and the Sweet Potato vines are the spill.

You can just see the Coleus in this shot.
It's small now, but usually gets big and colorful in these boxes.

And the Sweet Potato vines will grow long
and spill down the front and sides of the boxes.

They all go well with these hanging Geraniums 
and look nice against the white of the house.

The contrast from the Fall colors is amazing...

Aren't those oak trees absolutely majestic?

And isn't Mother Nature Just*Grand?

Linking to:
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
That DIY Party at DIY Show Off
Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now
Masterpiece Monday at BoogieBoard Cottage
Make The Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill
Monday Funday at Uncommon Designs
More The Merrier Monday at DIY Home Sweet Home
Sunday Showcase Party at Stephanie Lynne
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Cedar-Hill Ranch
Pretty Things Link Party at TwelveoEight
Trendy Tuesday at Sweet Little Gals
Tutorials and Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Fabulously Creative Link Party at Jennifer Rizzo

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  1. I can so relate. I luv the look of the plants in the garden. The beauty of nature and the pops of colour with the flowers... but the actual gardening, not so much.Was just outside on the patio watering our pots back there, that is pretty much the extent of my gardening :-)
    Thought I was the only blogger in blogland like that. Whew!!!
    Your window boxes are beautiful.
    Hugs, Gee

  2. Dear Erin,
    Your house looks beautiful with your flowers planted. I am from the Chicagoland area as well (Homer Glen) - where did you get those raspberry geraniums - I love them.
    Erin at piersandchandeliers@gmail.com

    1. Thanks, Erin! I got the raspberry geraniums and all the other flowers at Hackers Garden Center in Lombard.
      They always have wonderful, high quality plants.

    2. Oh Thanks - I work very close to Lombard. I have to get some of those - they are terrific.

  3. I have never seen geraniums that shade - very pretty. Your house is beautiful in the spring :-)

  4. I just want your house, but the flower boxes all planted can come, too. Love the colors.

  5. Good Afternoon Erin, What a pretty house you live in and with the added planters, hanging baskets and garden troughs....just perfect. I love to see geraniums during the summer months and your raspberry geraniums are lovely.
    We have a similar situation in our house where "the royal we" is concerned. George is kind enough to do the heavy work and I come behind him planting and making the garden pretty. A perfect partnership I would say.
    Best Wishes

  6. I think you have a good thing going on there with Mr Grand in the dirt and you giving him your ideas, (or telling/shouting)
    Love the "thrill, fill and spill!". I will give credit to your words and think of you as I fill each container. Love your long window box! Very, very nice!

    1. Thanks, Lynne! I cannot take credit for the thrill, fill and spill idea. It's a container garden rule I learned years ago...

  7. How beautiful! Like you, I prefer not to do the gardening myself. Luck Mr. Grand is so agreeable. Everything looks lovely.

  8. I always say I love the "IDEA" of gardening. Enjoy it until the heat and humidity of mid July rolls in.
    Those pink and green filled window boxes look stunning with your white home. Beautiful!

  9. Popped over here from WOW and found one of the prettiest window boxes I've seen ~ I pinned it and many, many people have re-pinned it! I am so inspired by the color scheme you've chosen and plan to use it around my home. Thank you so much for sharing it!

    PS: Did you also pop a pink ivy leaf geranium in that box? Also, do you happen to know the varieties of the plants (maybe you saved the tags?)

    1. How very observant of you! Yes, I did pop some pink ivy geraniums in there! And no, I'm sorry I didn't keep the tags. My helpers were very efficient and cleaned up well....

    2. No problem, I am inspired to find similar colors/plants - thanks!

  10. Those look absolutely gorgeous! I love them so much! Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Hi Erin,

    I'm visiting from Boogieboard Cottage. Your window boxes are gorgeous! You have such a beautiful home. Have a lovely week.

  12. Love love love your home and the window boxes are totally gorgeous. Beautiful. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  13. These come out so nice, I have to do mine this weekend! I love that you have boxes built right on to your house, so easy to pop a simple base into. Found you over at Sweet Little Gals link parties, you can find me over at www.livingbettertogether.com, would love a follow back!

  14. You have such a beautiful home and those window boxes are so perfect for it. Enjoy! Found you through Twelve O Eight's party.

  15. I love the pink and burgundy against the white house. It looks so very HAPPY and CHEERFUL!

  16. You have some beautiful window boxes! Just discovered your blog...gonna look around. I love container gardening...can't wait to see more! ;)

  17. Love, love your window boxes! Beautiful home! I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com/ Hugs, Maria

  18. So pretty! Some of the same flowers I use in my containers. I love your window box. Is it something you built or did you buy it?

  19. The window boxes look gorgeous! I graduated from U of I so lved to see the flag flying as well. Are you in Illinois, or Michigan? We are in the western suburbs of Chicago. We took a spur of the moment road trip yesterday with our boys to the Warren dunes, we love it there. I saw your one f your posts re: your summer cottage, love it. We always talk about finding a place like that to do the same. D u rent it out at all?


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