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WINDOW BOXES!!!

I fell in love with a particular window box right after we moved into our house.

Window Box Grandin Road

I saw them on the beautiful home at August Fields and knew that they would be a perfect addition to our home. They are the Nantucket Window Planter from Grandin Road and by golly, they aren’t cheap! So, I did what any bargain-loving lady does…I checked their website every week until they went on sale. I was beginning to give up hope that they even ran sales on them when in November (go figure?!) I checked on them and they were on sale. I literally ran upstairs and burst into the room my hubby was in, shrieking with excitement that after waiting 7 months, my beautiful window boxes were on sale! Yippee!! I ordered them that minute. 🙂

I can’t tell you how excited I was when the weather finally cooperated and we could get them hung and more importantly, I could get them planted!

Window Boxes and front windows

Front of House with Window Boxes

Window Box and Window

Aren’t they dreamy?? I just love the corbels and it seriously looks like they were made for our house the way they match the shutters. LOVE.THEM.

They are already filling out so nicely! I find myself just standing out front looking at them. 🙂

Window Box Grandin Road

They are filled with 3 fuchsia geraniums* (they look red in the photo, but they aren’t), 2 Diamond Frost – Euphorbia, 2 sweet potato vines, 3 white trailing verbena (one is between the vines and then on each side), and 2 Superbells – Tickled Pink. I am so pleased with how they are already filling out and I can’t wait to watch the verbena and vines trail down the front! 🙂

*I told you in my post about Lowes that I scored some gorgeous geranium planters for 4 bucks. Each planter had 3 plants full of buds and beautiful green leaves. SO, I pulled them out of the planter and split them all up and used them to fill my window boxes! $4 bucks for 3 plants vs $4 PER plant at the local greenhouse I picked up the rest of my annuals. Now THAT’S a good deal! 🙂

So what about you? Do you have window boxes or a new space this Spring you are loving?

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Shopping at Lowes: Discount Perennials and Annuals

I should have posted this a couple weeks ago because this is one of my favorite things to do and it has been awesome again this year!

Do you know about the markdown section at your Lowes Garden Center? It’s one of my favorite places. Our location always has an amazing selection of marked down perennials, shrubs and bushes, usually at least 50% off, and even deeper discount on annuals!

The first time I stumbled upon it last year I was shocked to see how much was set aside and super marked down. I went and found an employee to get a little info, truly expecting for them to tell me that something was wrong with the plants. NOPE! They have such a constant stream of new inventory that comes in that if it has bloomed or needs to be deadheaded, it gets marked down. For reals. Cha-ching! A few weeks ago it was a perfect time to buy anything that blooms for Spring and that had already peaked. They want that stuff outta there! Don’t mind if I do!

Plants from Lowes

This is just part of what I picked up last year. I think I went 3 times and filled the back of our truck. The variety available was amazing: spirea, Knock Out roses, perennial salvia, lily, Russian Sage, etc. If I remember correctly, the majority of those perennials you see towards the front were 2-3 bucks a piece. See that Knock Out Rose in the upper right of the photo? I think I paid 6 bucks for it! And it wasn’t a lone plant – I bought 3 of the best looking from the bunch. All of them just needed their spent blossoms trimmed off and they were as good as new.  This year, my Mom and I hit the jackpot on amazing geranium planters. Gorgeous, full planters of geraniums that just needed to be deadhead – for $4.00! I’ll show you soon how I made that deal even sweeter. 🙂

Remember, because our house was new construction, we had NOTHING around our house. I had about 10 pieces of plants I brought from our last house, but otherwise, I was starting from scratch. Finding the discount section at Lowes was like hitting a gardening jackpot for this gardener. 🙂 If you need plants for your yard, I highly recommend stopping into your local Lowes and seeing what deals you can find!

I’ve been working on photos to share how all the landscaping is shaping up this year. Oh, and I can’t wait to introduce you to my super exciting addition – WINDOW BOXES!! 🙂

Gorgeous Annuals

Whew, Manic Monday. Agree?

I have flowers on the brain BIG time. I guess you could call it a case of Spring fever. I know I still have a couple months before I can plant at our house, but I just can’t help myself. It’s the sunshine – it’s making me a little crazy. In a good way.

I always like to browse online and see what new annuals will be making their debut for the year and I found a bunch on Better Homes and Gardens. It inspired me to make a new Pinterest board, which you can check out here. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorites I hope to be able to find in my area.

I’m a huge fan of petunias! I always have a variety of them in my planters and am looking forward to using them in the window boxes we will be putting up this Spring. There are so many amazing colors to choose from and I love the new varieties that bloom all season and don’t require a lot of deadheading and pinching. (Although, I do think it’s fun to do that in a few places.) I love the double-petunias and their almost rose-like quality. I enjoyed them last year and will be using them again for sure.

Supertunia Picasso In Pink Petunia

Supertunia Picasso In Pink Petunia

Surfinia Summer Double Petunia Family

Surfinia Summer Double Petunia Family

'Blue A Fuse' Petunia

‘Blue A Fuse’ Petunia

I love all varieties of Alyssum, but I especially love the variegated leaves on this plant. I often tuck these into my planters, but it’s just as beautiful in the ground around the feet of taller, stalkier perennials.

Frosty Knight Sweet Alyssum

Frosty Knight Sweet Alyssum

These next few are another favorite of mine – Verbena. I love, love, love this flower and these new colors and multi-color petals knock my socks off.  They are so beautiful trailing out of a planter or hanging basket.

Lanai Vintage Rose Verbena

Lanai Vintage Rose Verbena

Lanai Lime Green Verbena

Lanai Lime Green Verbena

'Estrella Pink Star' Verbena

‘Estrella Pink Star’ Verbena

I have a bunch more on my Pinterest board and will be going back and adding more for sure. What are you looking forward to planting this year? Any of you lucky enough to already be putting in your annuals at your house?

 

 

Gardening, Oh How I Love Thee

It is still very much winter where we live, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be daydreaming of Spring and all the fun it brings. I won’t even let myself dwell on the fact that it could still be 2 months before spring-like weather is here to stay. No-siree, not going to think about that!

hydrangea

Hydrangeas from my garden. The color is totally natural!

Working in the yard is my happy place. Getting my hands in the dirt and working in my flower beds and around the yard is like good medicine for me. I love to create a beautiful yard with a mix of annual and perennial flowers and plants, pots, planters and beds, and a lot of color.

New Guinea Impatiens

New Guinea Impatiens with Coleus

I haven’t always loved gardening. In fact, I chuckle as I think back to the first Spring we were in our last house. I agreed with my gardening Mother that we needed to plant some flowers but I knew NOTHING. Annual? Perennial? Say what? So that first year, I followed my Mom around the greenhouses as she picked out my plants, occasionally weighing in on what I wanted based strictly on what flowers looked like. We brought everything home and she showed me how to plant them. Much to my surprise, I kept everything alive and happy. I found a lot of satisfaction wandering around the yard looking at how things had grown and bloomed. The next Spring, I was so excited to plant again and I realized that gardening had officially rubbed off on me. We lived in our last house through 6 planting seasons and with every year, I grew to love gardening and flowers more and more.

Mixed Planter

A mixed planter: Lantana, salvia, dusty miller, calibrochia, sweet potato vine

I think daydreaming about a beautiful garden is just what I need to get through this stretch of winter. So, I’ll be posting more about our yard and some large and small projects we did this past Summer after we bought the house. I also have a couple of projects I am looking forward to starting when warm weather arrives that I am excited to share.

Do you love to work in your garden? Do you have a green thumb or stick to plants of the artificial variety?