Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Spring Apartment Window Boxes

Florals for spring? Groundbreaking. I was so tempted to make that the title of this post, but based on anything I’ve ever heard about search engine optimization (SEO) I decided against it. After sharing on instagram that i was planting window boxes for my apartment I received some messages sharing what I did. I wish I would have taken pictures step by step during the process so that you could see it better but hindsight is 20/20. I also feel like I should make a disclaimer that this is the first time I’ve really gardened so I may not be the best person for tips granted so far my flowers have lasted a week so my fingers are crossed that they will continue to grow and survive. 

For Easter, my parents gave me some gardening supplies and money to buy window boxes since I had told them I thought it would be fun to spiff up our balcony with something living and colorful. I finally found the window boxes on QVC’s site. You can easily go to Lowe’s or Home Depot and find them in neutral colors but I was committed to them being white to match our railing. Of course I couldn’t just make it easy. The window boxes come in a set of 2 for under $30 (plus you can get $5 off your first purchase with the code FIVE4U) and are available in other colors than just white. What I really love about these that  I found was that they are specifically made to be placed on a railing which makes them easy to see from both sides instead of the ones that hang over. Since I didn't do the best job of balancing the weight with my flowers, currently mine are sitting in either corner of our balcony instead of on the rail since I would be devastated if they fell.

As for what is inside, my friends and I went to a local nursery, Roots, and gathered some pretty flowers and herbs to plant. If I had been smart I would have kept the name of everything but instead opted for herbs I'd use and flowers that would look pretty and fill the space. Since I did two window boxes I got 2 of everything so that they could be relatively symmetrical. If you don't care about that sort of thing then you'll definitely have room for a variety of plants in these boxes. We also ran to Home Depot to pick up soil for the boxes as well. In my Easter basket, my mom had included some fertilizing sticks that I placed in my boxes one I had put everything where I wanted it to be and covered it in soil. 

I probably should have looked into whether or not the flowers I chose need the same sort of things but with watering them every day and tending to any dying/broken pieces they've done well so far. After planting everything, we decided to get some colorful chairs so that we would actually use our balcony. Target had bright blue ones which we opted for and I've already spent so much more time outside enjoying the space now that we've freshened it up a bit. 

I couldn't end this post without at least mentioning my favorite floral dress as of late. I have this Dress by Elizabeth McKay in two different colors and adore it. The ruffled detail around the neck and peplum hem make it perfect to throw on for so many different activities. I've worn it to school, to dinners with friends, and even to a charity event and it has been perfect for each place. It's lightweight which is great for summer and it comes with two different belts to tie it in at the waist. The first is the same material as the dress and looks cute tied as a bow and the second is a tassel cord. If you've been on the hunt for cute Spring dresses I think your search is officially over! 

I hope that y'all are having a happy Tuesday! 


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