Northern Exposure

Triumphs and failures on a window ledge.

The Price of Colour February 24, 2009

Starter KitIt’s time for an admission. I have a small addiction. One that I’d like to share with you. I’m not proud of it you understand. No no. But it does come in handy.

I keep count of EVERYTHING I spend on the garden.

Yes. I know. I shouldn’t. The cost isn’t important is it? What’s that about the price of everything and value of nothing? Well, I hope there’s a balance that can be struck between those two.



Book: Window Boxes January 30, 2009

Filed under: Flower,Review — northernwindowgardener @ 6:26 pm
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Stephanie Donaldson Window Boxes – Stephanie Donaldson

Cost: Around £10.

The back cover describes this, amongst other things, as:

50 step-by-step planting projects for beautiful window boxes, with over 700 photographs

and for once I’d say the content matches the blurb. At a little short of 100 pages, this hard-back book gives the less experienced gardener a crash course in putting together a wide range of window boxes. Whether it’s for a country cottage or a city pad, there’s a bunch of ideas that will serve as a starting point to growing your own windox box.

It’s written in the style of a very simple cookbook, only the ingredients are plants and there no need to dig out a set of scales or convert metric to imperial measures. There’s a list of materials you’ll need, the plants that will be used then very simple instructions as to how to put it together, all accompanied by pictures of each step. (more…)


About Northern Exposure November 7, 2008

Filed under: Flower,Weather — northernwindowgardener @ 10:37 am
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The reason for doing this was simply that it was difficult to locate gardening information that was specific to using window boxes. There are some great sites out there that give lots of information on growing in different conditions or how to look after specific plants and all of that is incredibly valuable. But the context and special requirements for using specific plants or solving certain problems when they’re stuck in plastic containers some distance off the ground on a windy (or not so windy) ledge was missing.

After a few months of trial and error it became apparent that local conditions could make such a difference to plant growth, to the point that plants that flourished in one box failed miserably in the next, that it seemed like a good idea to share a little bit of that knowledge with others so that they might help avoid the same mistakes. Ok, avoiding mistakes is asking too much, but at least they might have more understanding of what went wrong.

So the hope is that by sharing this experience of trying to grow plants at a northern latitude and in mixed conditions maybe some other will have a go themselves and perhaps be willing to share their experiences as well. And at least one set of window ledges will be a bit more interesting.