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Topic: Kitchen window needs help!  (Read 988 times)
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« on: July 17, 2006 05:37:58 PM »

My kitchen has one of those windows that has been punched out to make kind of a mini greenhouse with two shelves.  It would look great filled with plants, but the problem is that it's too hot - the plants I put in all died.  I tried cactus, and they didn't die, but they're just not very exciting...  I would love to come up with a really striking decorating idea that doesn't cost a lot of money.  Help!
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2006 11:59:19 AM »

Here's an interesting "peel and stick" film that you could use on the panes of glass to cut down on the amount of sunlight.  Very inexpensive too!

« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2006 01:12:11 PM »

I grew vincas in a spot where nothing else would even think of surviving. I planted them every year for four years and they usually bloomed for about 6-8 months. They aren't all that exciting, but they are pretty and hardy.
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2006 01:40:33 PM »

Many herbs love heat+sun... but... it's possible that a big  problem for most plants in a location like you have could be humidity(from cooking, hot sink water, dishwasher, etc?) &-or lack of air circulation. If that's the case, herbs may not be a great choice either.

How about some sort of cute lil display.. maybe a collection of flea-market/thrift shop teapots or cups&saucers...
Or, depending on that humidity situation, maybe bunches of pretty & useful "dried" herbs.
Or, use the area for storing less-commonly-used but still important items such as pots , or bowls , or kitchen utensils (maybe in some nice old jars from fleamarket/thriftshop).

Mainly storage/partly display is how we use the 2 shelves across window over double sink and also 2 shelves across another window over a long counter in our kitchen --- because unfortunately with plants the problem for us has been "not-enough" sunlight. 
[I also stack clean kitchen towels there but mine are all-white, not sure that would work with colored ones even in our situation, maybe not yours either, because of sun-fading]
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