Window Box Update

May 20, 2015

So I’ve been MIA for a while now. We’ve been working really hard to get our house ready for a family renting it out for the Air Force Academy Graduation week. While I’ve been able to get things done around here such as giving the pantry and my master closet a paint refresh, mulching all the flower beds, painting the chiminea, purchasing outdoor furniture and a new king bed (all for the renters of course!), I’ve missed my blog. Other than the aforementioned and major cleaning of the house, not much is going on around here.

The Springs has had more rain this spring than any other spring since 1935, and the weather has literally put a damper on things. To give you an update on my window box, my DIY FAILED (insert poochy lip). Cedar is such a soft wood that my screws pulled out with the weight of the soil and water. Of course the french cleat stayed as strong as ever, but my box could have been better constructed.

Let me set the scene for you.

My mom was here for a visit, and I took full advantage of her help. The window box was built, so we went to the Pioneer Sand Company in town and got a yard of soil for the large flower bed below and some bags of potting mix for the window box. The same day we made a trip to Phelan Gardens to pick out window box flowers. It was a blissfully sunny spring day. My spirits were high (they always are when I get to visit the nursery) and my expectations for the day were high too.

The hard work ensued after we got home, and I started shoveling dirt into the wheel barrow while mom emptied it into the planters. That was HARD WORK let me tell you. Back breaking work. A yard of dirt is about an entire truck bed full. I was sweating and slowly tiring by the afternoon, but the hope and satisfaction of my delightful flower bed and window box being complete kept me motivated.





Soon we filled enough of the soil into the planter and window box and started on the flowers. After each plant was carefully removed from it’s plastic container and gently pressed into the window box soil, my heart would start to race with excitement. I LOVE WINDOW BOXES!!! Annnnnnd done. We turned the water on and took a step back to admire our hard work.



Then this happened.



So, yeah.

After a few under the breath expletives (KIDDING!), I went into the house and told everyone not to talk to me for a while. Momma had to cool down and maybe wipe away the moisture slowly building up in her eyes.

Well, I decided the only thing left for me to do (rebuild it again? Nah-uh) was to buy a brand new $250 window box from So that’s what I did. It was pricey, but this one is made from PVC and will never rot or warp. I also opted for the “wickinator” which is a self watering system. How could I go wrong now? I could not afford another fail.

Some wonderful friends of mine helped me install it this time, and it is now full of beautiful flowers. I have more variety of plants in the garage just waiting to be planted, but this weather is unusually cool right now and I’m not risking their demise. Here’s a few snap shots until I can get all the flowers planted. Looking forward to planting the sweet potato vine and a few filler flowers to balance the height with medium height and cascading plants.





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  • Reply Judy May 27, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Never let an obstacle stand in the way of something you really want… persevere, right? Good job.

    • Reply Vintage to Vogue Home May 27, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      Thank you! I’ve wanted a window box in that perfect spot for so long… I couldn’t give up :-)

  • Reply Lou Ann Keiser May 21, 2015 at 12:24 am

    Oh my! I would have cried! Thanks for being real. LOVE the new look with the white fancier box. It is so pretty! Kudos to you for not accepting a defeat!!!!

    • Reply Vintage to Vogue Home May 27, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      i did tear up a little I must admit. :-)

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