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An Easy and Creative Window Box Update

When your flower boxes are a blooming mess!

OMGOSH…I am in dire need of a window box update. Does anyone else have window boxes that are looking a tad….well….dead?  I had my sprinkler heads adjusted about a month ago because they were soaking the side porch. I guess I wasn’t paying much attention to them. I assumed since the porch wasn’t getting soaked anymore all was good. It was…sort of. The porch was dry but so were the flower boxes on the railings. The water wasn’t hitting them anymore and I had no idea as the sprinklers run through the night. I started to notice the geraniums were looking a bit dried out. I started adding Miracle Grow once a week…it wasn’t helping. That’s when I realized they simply had not been getting watered for almost 4 weeks. YIKES!!

At first, I thought I’d just pull the flowers right out and start over…but I’ll be updating these in another couple of weeks for the fall, hence Plan B..update the window boxes!


I cleaned out the dead leaves, flowers and plants. Wow…do they ever look sad! 





At this point, I almost bailed on them. They looked so bad I wanted to just be rid of them all and start over.

Floral DIY

I was at the dollar store with the girls and noticed they had a large silk and plastic flower section. I bought about $20 worth of them.




I started filling in the gaps with the faux greenery and once it looked full enough I added a few floral stems to add colour. I only added two bouquets of each colour to the boxes. Once the Geraniums bloom again it will be nice and full with lots of colour.
I actually prefer the look of the plastic greenery. It looks more realistic than the silk ones. You can see the silk on the right side of the photo below and it stands out too much. I’ll pop back over to the $$ store tomorrow and get a few more plastic greens.



Voila!! The cheapest and easiest window box update ever. I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.

Beautiful Blooms – Window boxes updated!

This is how they look from the street view.

A couple of ladies were walking by the house yesterday and they stopped to admire my garden. I heard them actually say “wow…look at those beautiful flower boxes”…lol…I didn’t bother to let them know they were fake, fake, fake!!

Within the next two weeks, I’ll be updating these for fall with some added picks and small pumpkins. There is still plenty of time to enjoy these before we need to winterize.

Have a great weekend.

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  • Reply
    Steve Duffield
    September 22, 2019 at 1:12 PM

    I am so glad you ‘fixed’ the Flower Boxes. I was actually starting to lose sleep!
    A better blog would be how you are getting a new oven and are excited to cook again. The Carriage House will have to lay off some staff.

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      September 22, 2019 at 2:24 PM

      Well….truth be told…if it hadn’t been for all YOUR whining about the sprinklers hitting the porch the flowers would still be alive!!!….and not gonna like…I’m kinda excited about the new oven….but even MORE excited about my new fridge with a built-in coffee maker…seriously…OMG!!

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    Val Cater
    September 22, 2019 at 2:18 PM

    Haha! Now you know my trick too Marion! I’ve been doing that forever with our balcony boxes. Best kept secret? Your arrangements look stellar!

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      September 22, 2019 at 2:21 PM

      LOL…Val….great minds think alike. I love that unless you are up close to them you cannot tell. I have had so many compliments on them…I ‘almost’ feel bad for saying thank you and not explaining that they are fake!!! LOL

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    Mary Lynn
    September 23, 2019 at 1:34 PM

    Thanks girls, that is exactly what i am going to do with my balcony planters.??

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      September 24, 2019 at 4:07 PM

      ITs a quick fix ML…you could load yours up and people below will think you have the most amazing window boxes ever!!! LOL

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    Betty King
    September 23, 2019 at 3:04 PM

    You solved my problem…..thanks! ?????

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      September 24, 2019 at 4:06 PM

      Glad to have helped. LOL…OMGOSH…it won’t be long till I see you again!!! xo

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    marion hunter
    September 24, 2019 at 2:41 PM

    I was feeling the same about my window boxes. Thx for the tip. There will b a lineup at the dollar stores . ?

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      September 24, 2019 at 4:05 PM

      Hahaha… I will be starting my fall window boxes soon. These seasons just fly by!!!

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    Nancy Murtaugh
    September 24, 2019 at 6:10 PM

    Marion: You know what the Countess on DOWNTON ABBEY says, “Never complain, never explain.” (A good motto)!

    • Reply
      September 24, 2019 at 9:26 PM

      Ahhhhhh….you know it Nancy!!! Have you gone to see the movie yet? I am going this week and then having a Downton Tea in Oct with some friends. Can’t wait for both.
      Thanks for stopping by the blog. Nice to hear from you…always!

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    Mary Ferguson - Allan
    September 24, 2019 at 8:54 PM

    I did the same with my window box on the shed as the squirrel’s had a party in mine, now it still looks pretty good.

    • Reply
      September 24, 2019 at 9:21 PM

      well thankfully the squirrels have not got into mine at all…but I don’t have too many squirrels hanging around with all of our foxes!

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