To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
May 11, 2011
Window Box Pleasures
Maine has displayed some extravagant and opulent window boxes throughout the harbor towns we have visited. From Memorial day all the way through October, you can sit on any bay side deck, spend a lazy afternoon watching the sailing ships come in and out of the ports and be surrounded by the beauty of numerous, showy floral arrangements! So, we have decided to create a colorful backdrop for our gardens with our attempt at growing a clematis collection in our "made in Maine" white cedar window boxes. We are planting one Clematis per box along with other plant varieties, which can be seen in some of the beautiful displays pictured below . The Maine House collection includes the lavender-pink Barbara clematis light blue Lech Walesa clematis, white Jerzy Popieluszko clematis, and the red Solidarnosc clematis.
A few gardening tips on growing Clematis!
•Plant 3' to 6' apart
•Place in full to part-day sun
•Keep soil moist
•Blooms in early summer to frost
•Matures to 5'H to 9'H in 2 to 3 years, with a 12'W spread
•USDA hardiness zones 3 through 9
Orange pansies and calibrachoa, along with the bright green creeping Jenny, white nicotiania and
the deep purple of the sweet potato vine is stunning!
This stone railing box features brightly colored
petunias, lobelia and fuchsia!
This simple white, wooden window box is elegant and lovely.
Planted with geraniums, ivy and white bacopa,
it enhances the front of the building and the
display of antiques in the window behind it.
Stuffed with different colored petunias, this planter is simple and cottage like.
I love the color combination of the ivory with pink and lavender.