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« on: July 24, 2005 09:50:53 PM »

Hi all...

I love Craftster!  I have three west-facing window boxes on the front of my house.  I do not have drip lines that run up to them, and am looking for suggestions for what I could put in them other than flowers.  When I have planted flowers, they get so much California afternoon sun that they have dried up and lived short lives no matter how often I remembered to water them!

I have thought about desert tolerant plants, but would be open to lots of other non-plant ideas...any ideas for  tasteful decor that would come up from the wondow box, be seen from the street but still look cool and fabulous?


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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2005 12:43:16 PM »

I'm kind of borderline zones 4/5, so what works for me might not for you.  You should talk to a nursery in your area to find out what plants are the most successful for window boxes in your area.
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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2005 12:57:47 PM »

You know what would be neat?  A little bonsai landscape in a window box.  If you wanted to do real bonsai, it's a lot of work, but just doing a little landscape (rocks, moss, sand, etc) would look really cool, IMO.

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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2005 11:06:27 PM »

I love the bonsai idea...and each box would be different...thanks..I'll consider it!

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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2005 12:32:21 AM »

You could also stick fake plants in it? Like ivy type plants that drape all down it, or strings of faery lights with flowers around the bulbs so they light up at night. Gnomes and fake mushrooms are also cute if you're into them.

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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2005 12:51:01 AM »

just do something that says something about you

for me it would be something like laminated paper masks on sticks or sticks with shiney things i found outside hot glued on..... be creative
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2005 07:39:39 AM »

For me, I would use wire art w/glass beads. You could make anything out of that as you wanted. Copper wire patinas nice. I would put dirt/sand in the box, cover top w/rocks & then stick wire art into that. or you could get fake moss to put over the dirt/sand & stick in the wire art. My mom had some really huge seashells she collected when she was a kid & put sand ontop of the dirt in her flower pots & buried the shells partially in the sand. THe flowers though were more seaweed looking-not sure what it was, more like greenery. Then that way on a windy day, she could just bring the pot inside.

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