Hey guys! If you follow me on instagram, you know I was on a fun girls trip this past weekend. It’s the 4th year we have gone and we always get away around Mother’s day. Let me tell you, the absolute best Mother’s day gift is a few days away with your friends to recharge your batteries. My parent’s were nice enough to loan us their FL house for the weekend and we had the best time. We hung out on the beach, enjoyed eating actual hot food at leisurely dinners, and of course toasted the Royal Wedding with a mimosa or two…The Mr. managed to keep our kids alive and surprisingly clean for the weekend (it seems they actually changed their clothes and bathed by some miracle) and he even tackled the science fair solo. Public pat on the back to you sir!
I have a bunch of fun posts coming for you all as soon as I can I rope the Mr. into helping me move some furniture. He was in Hong Kong on business the whole week before I was gone in Florida, so we currently have two coffee tables sitting in the living room and two rugs sitting in our master bedroom. Not to mention 42 boxes of outdoor furniture to put together. I promise the master bedroom and living room refresh posts will be coming soon as well as pool house progress, just as soon as my favorite moving man and I are in the same state at the same time.
In the meantime, I did some instastories when I was planting my flower boxes earlier this week, and I received a ton of questions about the actual flower boxes themselves, so I thought I would share them here on the blog.
The guy who built all our cabinets came up with this idea for how to build these window boxes that won’t fall apart. He actually just made false fronts for the boxes and we used plastic liners for the actual boxes.
At our last house we had solid wood flower boxes and they started to split and rot after 5 years of watering and wet soil. You can see in the old photo above that the corners are splitting and falling apart.
Don’t mind my window stalker above, he is making sure the neighborhood cats don’t enter his territory…
This idea is so smart! They don’t have to touch any of the actual soil, which protects the wood from rotting. He also used a composite material called Azek to build them, which is more resistant to water damage.
But you can see he built a 1/2 basic rectangle with a piece of trim for the lip, and he secured it to the house with these metal brackets.
Then he used metal brackets to secure the plastic liner to the house, so it’s almost a faux window box because the actual box isn’t holding anything up. This makes caring for them so much easier too and they drain really well.
Don’t be alarmed by the dirt on the house, I just planted these and spilled some dirt in the process. I don’t usually have issues with dirt running down the house when I water unless we get a crazy hard rain.
I used a different mix of flowers this year than last, because I’m still trying to figure out what will work best with the part shade/part sun situation in the front yard. I did double impatiens, wave petunias, creepy jenny, and these pretty purple and white super bells.
They’ve only been planted a few days, but hopefully they will be overflowing like these at our old house soon.
Check out my post here for all my flower box tips and tricks!