Northern Exposure

Triumphs and failures on a window ledge.

The Last Post January 24, 2010

Filed under: bulbs,Seeds,Spring,Summer,Weather,Winter — northernwindowgardener @ 11:18 pm
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If you’ve been tracking this blog you’ll have noticed the gaps between postings have grown. Which is more than can be said for anything in the garden! That’s a little unfair as, despite the deep freeze, the tips of the first spring bulbs have somehow poked their way through the soil.

Rather than feel bad about not being able to give this the attention it deserves I’m putting it into its own deep freeze and leaving the last year’s postings for posterity.

I started the blog because I couldn’t really find information for those of us whose gardens are only one foot wide. Hopefully anyone looking online will find there’s now a little bit more to help get started.

With the propagator loaded up and the geraniums, sweet pea and coleus already sprouting I’m sure there’ll be plenty of colour and interest on the ledges again this summer.

The final thoughts on a year of window gardening:

  • Planning a winter/early spring bulb combination along with a complete re-plant for summer is effective and efficient.
  • If you want four short seasonal displays then you need to grow elsewhere and just plant the developed plants.
  • Half the enjoyment is in the anticipation.
  • Growing from seed is rewarding but supplementing with instant colour is ok too.
  • What works well in one location one year might not work the same the next -but it’s not bad to pretend that it will!
  • The variables, wind, rain, temperature, soil, timing, etc are too much to expect things to work out exactly to a rigorous plan. Be flexible and remember there’s no such thing as perfection.
  • Going on holiday will leave you fretting about what will survive and why it chose that week to be the hottest of the year.
  • The type and variety of plants seems infinite. Just pick a few and see what happens.
  • In the middle of summer when everything is growing an inch a day, it’s ok to dispense some tough love and prune liberally. Most plants will come back stronger and those that don’t can be noted and you can remember not to be so dumb the next time.
  • And finally, there’s always next year!

Thanks to everyone who read and especially to Flighty and Glo for their kind comments and encouragement.

 

5 Responses to “The Last Post”

  1. Flighty Says:

    I’m sorry to see that this is your last post but I’m grateful that you’ve done one as so many bloggers don’t.
    I’ve always enjoyed reading your posts which have made me appreciate that window box gardening can be rather challenging at times!
    Your final thoughts are full of good advice and the photos show just what can be achieved.
    My thanks for the mention and I wish you well for the future, both gardening and life in general!

  2. Glo Says:

    Ditto to Flighty’s comment! It has been a pleasure learning about the evolution of your window boxes and their contents, which has added enjoyment and brightness to your window as well as to the larger www window~ Much happiness for 2010 and if there’s anything you’d like to share as spring peeks around the corner, the window will remain open …

  3. Thanks to you both. Your encouragement made this fun to do and an enjoyable distraction from the more stressful activities that life throws us. I read your blogs and enjoy them too, maybe more than writing this one!

    Best wished also to both of you for 2010 and far far beyond.

  4. leafyleith Says:

    Just logged on to see what you’ve been up to this year and I’m sad to see you’ve departed. Thanks for the top tips. Hope to see you back one day…

  5. Gone but not forgotten ;-) I’ve branched out this year and have both African and French marigolds on the go.
    Tulips looked lovely for the couple of weeks they’ve lasted and the boxes are full of pansy, primrose, crocus and viola flowers. Some hyacinths are still struggling to bloom.
    Seedlings on the go at the moment include petunia, tagetes, verbena, geranium, dahlia, primrose, helleborus niger (for much much later), aster, lobelia, begonia and nemesia. Nasturtium seeds will get sown direct after learning from last year just how quickly they grow.
    I have no idea where I’ll put all of the above however as I think I’ll have too many plants and not enough ledge space. We’ll see though!


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