hello girlie girls!!
i trust that you all had a perfectly nice extended weekend:)
hubby o'mine and i decided
that we needed a little more
green in our courtyard
so we took full advantage of the "extra" day
and set out to install
a lush garden window box
these are all the pretty plants that i had placed around the courtyard
earlier this spring,
but was finding the days growing hotter
and felt it was time to "plant them" in some soil
as i do enjoy their greenery and pretty flowers:)
this is the bland corner in our courtyard
here's where the "window box" comes in!
when my peeps were younger
dear hubby built them a sand box to play in
now as you know,
Nathan just graduated HS
i don't think he's got any interest in the sand box anymore!!
we should have let it go years back!
but we didn't!
that being said,
we took inventory of supplies we already had on hand
why not plant a window box???
and so we did...
now most of you know,
that for the present moment
we are renting this lovely home
so anything we do needs to be
as you just never know when those north winds are going to come blowin'!!
so we placed the "window box" in the courtyard corner,
laid some landscape fabric on the inside
and stapled it aallll the way around to secure it like so...
we placed our fountain base up on cement blocks
to raise it up a bit...
then hubby o'mine installed a water line
that comes on automatically every other day
and it will also refill the fountain bowl
(such a smart hubby!)
next came the rock base for drainage...
roses hate wet roots!!
and then we placed all the plants around
to see just how we wanted to see them...
there is a white, double flower, clematis that you can't see just yet
but it will climb on that back trellis,
between the arborvitae bushes,
and on each side there are the rose trees that will bloom white roses
then there is the fabulous smelling lavenders
and up front pretty, white mini carnations...
after a few minor adjustments,
we planted them in some good soil,
and then added a layer of mulch for moisture retention
(it gets realllly HOT here)
((a DRY hot!!))
(((so hot, as soon as you step outside, you feel like a dried apricot!!)))
i had forgotten about these strands of star lights
which were tucked away
until hubby rounded the corner with them ~
dangling in his hands ~
and a BIG smile on his face!!
(such a romantic thought!)
when we sit out in the courtyard,
it will always be "under the stars"
sweet, summer romance!
i'm still deciding on this hand blown fairy ball...
perhaps a bit much?
and i need to do a little touch up paint job
what is your opinion??
i must say,
we are really enjoying our new
lush garden window box
although i don't think we could hang this baby off of the house!
and the fact that my children once played within that box
makes it even more sentimental :)
sharing this post with
Faded Charm's: White Wednesday
here's to thinking "outside of the box"