The Violet Fern

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Deck the Window Boxes Fa La La La La La La La La!

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I love to add evergreens to my window boxes and outdoor containers. It is so much nicer to look at during the long winter months. I tend to find a lot of stashed peanuts come Spring that always make me laugh – those Blue Jays! A lot of places charge you incredible prices for fresh Christmas greenery. If you have your own woods, you can cut your own. If you don’t, you can go to the public dump and make a haul like I did.

“Haul”
I like to do this now before Thanksgiving (which I love to celebrate BEFORE Christmas). I like the greenery for Thanksgiving – it’s festive. But another more practical reason is that the dirt is not yet frozen and I can add greens without an ice pick.
Here are some baskets I’m getting ready to fill.
And following is the finished “decking.”

Basket on back deck picnic table.

Wall basket by back door.

Symmetrical baskets leading from front porch steps.
I have left the Dusty Miller and some of the dried flowers –
they just looked “silvery” and in the spirit.

Basket by front door.

Front window box.
(I didn’t have the heart to pull out those Straw Flowers
– they are still blooming!)

Even the shed gets a “window decking!”

I also filled a half wine barrel by the “nice driveway” with greens. Every year is something different as I never know what I’ll find. Last year I happened across a neighbor who cut back a LOT of yews! And I added some Dog Wood branches from a sorely neglected shrub that I wanted to rejuvenate. Some Winter Berry would be really nice but I hate to cut it from the side of the road – the birds like it, too. Someday I will have my own Winter Berry to borrow from – it’s on “the list.” This was a jolly FREE project – ’tis the season!
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Author: Kathy Sturr

Author of the Violet Fern blog, artist, and master gardener.

16 thoughts on “Deck the Window Boxes Fa La La La La La La La La!

  1. I love it! Very beautiful! I wish we had "Christmas Trees" here in Texas to prune back. We're stuck paying the high prices 😦

  2. How beautiful and such a great idea! I think you will have many people heading out to the dump to look for greens tomorrow!

  3. I just love how those all turned out. We have evergreen trees, but the lowest branches are very high. Maybe I should see what people have in their yard waste containers… 🙂 Great ideas!

  4. Oh My..these ar all super gorgeous..you have done a Fantastic job! Can you come over and do mine? haha!I loved this post…so beautiful and festive…and yes those bluejays are way to cute storing all their treats in the windowboxes..same thing happens here..but then again I am the one feeding them!When I first moved into my home, (an old vintage house)the prior owners had all the windowboxes deocorated in the same fashion as you…I have always wanted to continue that tradition…your post has brought that back to life! thanks!!

  5. What a wonderful way to extend the garden season into winter in the snowy north. Thank you for the inspired suggestions. -Jean

  6. Since I have a lot of trees around, I do this too! But yours looks a heck of a lot more artistic than mine. I will have to work on that. what I love best? the free factor!Thanks!

  7. Wow! I love your idea, they are so pretty. We have scrub jays here in so. cal. and every spring I have trees sprouting in my lawn from them. They're usually pecan trees, sometimes I'll get a walnut!

  8. I'm glad you think of arranging yours before the ground freezes. We arrange a lot of urns for customers at the flower shop, usually they call us after the ground freezes. It does make it extremely difficult!Deborah

  9. Looks so festive and really well-arranged!! A good idea or dressing up the outside without lots of decorations and lights.

  10. What a great idea and your arrangements look very pretty. I think you have inspired a lot of people to go decorate their baskets and boxes. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. I like the way you have turned trash into a creative treasure.

  12. all of your arrangements look beautiful. but i especially love the shed window box!

  13. Thank you all so much for your comments. I hope lots of window boxes are now decorated. Also hope that those in the floral industry aren't swamped too last minute. Let's compare notes on how many stashed nuts we find in the spring – ha.

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