I have long joked about my black thumb and my ability to kill almost anything, even unkillable succulents have bit the dust in my house.
BUT guys! I was watering my flower boxes yesterday and noticed something,
wait a minute,
they are not brown,
or weirdly yellowing on the edges with holes eaten thru them,
they look, well, pretty darn good!
Like, pat myself on the back and take a few photos, good.
Dare I say my black thumb is growing a bit greener? I may not go that far, fiddle fig trees everywhere still tremble at the mere thought of coming to reside in my house, but the window boxes? Yes, it seems I’ve got that down!
I’ll share a few of my window box tips after 3 odd years of planting these suckers I have finally figured out a routine.
1. Plant all different flowers all mixed in but still keeping in mind balance and symmetry (you know I have symmetrical issues) See how I planted taller impatiens in the back of the box, light and dark trailing petunias on the sides and front and these little white flowers that for the life of me I can’t remember the name of (?).
2. Fertilize those babies! I use the Miracle Gro Bloom Booster variety (not an ad I just really think this stuff works!) and do it every Sunday. I picked up this habit from my neighbor down the street, she has the most gorgeous window boxes every year and she finally told me her secret – she fertilizes every Sunday and calls it her “holy water” ha :)
3. Water, water, water! I water my flowers every day unless it rains. They get sun all morning long and can always use a good soaking.
I normally have window boxes on the lake side too, but with all the sunroom construction I wasn’t able to plant them this summer. I can’t wait to tackle them next year though.
Oh and thanks to a little accident by my favorite snow plow guy (my dad, which let me publicly and profusely thank him for plowing my driveway this past winter when we had over 100 inches of snow!) my old mailbox was obliterated this winter. I got this cute flower box one instead, so it’s all dressed up too with flowers too. :)
What about you, any favorite flower combos in your window boxes I should try next year? Or tips for recovering black thumbs like me?