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Thursday, September 1, 2011

MARY MARY, QUITE CONTRAY...

Some of you might remember back at the first of this
LOOONG  HOT  SUMMER
I very sweetly asked MR. SWEET...
for my very own
CUSTOM MADE WINDOW BOX
...and he said, very sweetly in return..
HERE YA GO !
and I was in LUV.
I've wanted a window box forEVER !
Due to the excessive heat of this summer...
the LACK OF RAIN....
and lack of FUNDS..
we started with very few plants, knowing we might not be able to give them
a good drink of HEALTHY RAIN WATER
for a long, long time...

Watering with city water, full of CHLORINE, just doesn't do much for
flowers, plants, trees and lawns.
STILL...I was proud of it....
so I watered these tiny, defensive, frail plants sometimes twice a day..
and I fertilized them along the way.



They started smiling at me...
and
they started growing.

I talked to them each day,
sometimes with REAL tears in my eyes,
and told them that not another flower
on this whole, entire place was alive.
All my beautiful little VIOLETS..
gone !
Even the ROSE OF SHARON
have been severely whipped by the hot sun
and the lack of good, energy-filled
RAIN WATER.

O...they didn't grow nearly as fast or nearly as large
as they would have with a rain water drink often.. 
but isn't she looking pretty darn good now. !? 
I have to say that with everything else pretty DEAD around here
this little box has brought smiles from both Mr. Sweet and myself.:)
but...
I have to say that I am
QUITE PROUD
of the way the box looks now.

I am just almost CERTAIN that NEXT summer,
I will have my box 
FULL and OVERFLOWING....

  I am joining with:
SHOW AND TELL FRIDAY
FERTILIZER FRIDAY
TICKLED PINK FRI. 
FEATHERED NEST FRI.
THRIFTY THINGS
HOME SWEET HOME
INSPIRATION FRIDAY
POTPOURRI FRIDAY....a brand new meme




THANKS, HOSTS..
and THANKS TO YOU, for coming by today.
I hope you have a fabulous weekend..
xoxoxo

46 comments:

Kathleen Grace said...

Your geraniums actually look better than mine BJ. Probably because I left the watering a little too much to the weather and was neglectful to a fault:>(
Those plants did really well with all your tender care and with everything else so dead I am sure you enjoyed the little oasis of green and red that they provided! Enjoy your last wekend of summer and we will continue to pray for some rain this fall!

Barbara F. said...

I think your window box looks beautiful and those plants look happy and healthy. xo

Gwendolyn said...

Your window box is very lovely.

The White Farmhouse said...

Mr Sweet did a great job on the window box. The plants look lovely in their home out of the sun. Great job!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

It looks great, BJ! What a sweetheart of a husband you have to make a window box for you. My husband wouldn't have a clue how to start.

We're coming to a wedding in Texas at the end of this month. I sure hope it cools off there by then!

Anita said...

Very pretty!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

It looks great and I am so sorry that you have had such a horrible drought. We are in one to now, but nothing like yours. We did have one like yours a couple of years ago and it is no fun.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks good to me BJ! I had to pull all of my annuals yesterday. Between the heat and hurricane they were beaten and laying on the ground. So even through your horrible drought, your plants look great-enjoy:@)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

It looks great! I didn't even keep my deck plants alive this year. Thanks goodness I didn't plant many! Next year lets have pretty rain drenched flowers!

Jo said...

BJ...your mister sweet done good.This is wonderful and so good looking too,mister sweet and the window box.
~Jo

Shelia said...

Hi BJness! Oh, your window box is darling and your little plants look really pretty with all of this dryness we have! We've been under city water bans! Waaa!!
Mr. Sweets is a keeper! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

NanaDiana said...

It looks great, BJ! I think it was you talking to them that did it! I hope you have a better summer next year~I saw on the news today that it is the hottest and driest in Texas this year...since the 1950's~ Awful0 xo Diana

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How beautiful! Give that hubby an extra hug! How sweet he is! ♥

Honey at 2805 said...

How wonderful to hear the sound of rain! You just made my day! If only it were true. Dispite the draught, your flowers are doing well. I really like your window boxes and think your hubby is a real catch!

Thanks for linking to Potpourri Friday and helping to make it a success! I appreciate you!

Designs on 47th Street said...

I want a window box too (said with a pout) ;) Love yours and yes, with your Texas heat and drought those flowers look very lovely. I love that black awning too.

Donna

Millie said...

Very pretty box, and you've done well to have it looking this good in spite of hardships along the way.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The windowbox looks fabulous and you have done a great job keep them alive. Everything is just about dead around here. 31 days of 110 or over. I am so tired of the heat. Record all time hottest August in our history. Hugs, Marty

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh I love it -- I've been wanting window boxes for so long. Yours looks gorgeous!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Mr. Sweet did a fabulous job on your flower box! And it looks "sweet" with all your lovely plants livin' there.

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday again this week! ;)

Blessings,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Sweet Tea said...

It looks beautiful and it DOES look happy!
All the azaleas we planted in the spring have died.
I watered and watered, but with 60 100+ days
they still did not survive, however, all my knock-out roses are still surviving. Love those!

Carol said...

BJ,
The windown box is looking beautiful! Yes, just imagine it without drought conditions!

Designs By Pinky said...

Oh BJ, you loved your little plants and they felt that love! I hate to BRAG, but my Mr. made me 9 window boxes!!! They are on our 3 decks and I plant them every year, just with impatiens cause that is all that will grow in this shade:):) But, I LOVE mine too!!!! I am praying that next year, Mother Nature will be kinder to you and your plants will THRIVE!!!!! Mr. Sweet is a sweetie to make your window box for you! We have to hang on tight to these great guys, huh???!!!!!! Have a WONDERFUL holiday weekend! Hope you have plans! XO, Pinky

Beth said...

Hi BJ, Your window box is really lush and pretty. Hats off to Mr. Sweet!
Beth

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Fabulous job! It looks awesome. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Your window box is beautiful! Inside and out :-)

The Tablescaper said...

BJ:

Looks like you got a lot of joy out of that window box.

- The Tablescaper

Pondside said...

The box is surely a labour of love - from both of you. It looks beautiful due to your diligent care.

Bella said...

Hi Bj,
Your sweet pamperd babies look beautiful and I am so sure brought you so much pleasure! A bit of Eden at the windowsill in a bad year. Mr sweet well he really is sweet, lovley work!
Bella

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

How charming the window box and the awning look together, BJ!

Rettabug said...

What a wonderfully handy guy you've got there, BJ! Give him an extra hug for being so "Sweet". ;-)
I've always wanted window boxes. *sigh*

Yours looks lovely & I'm glad you were able to have a bit of color in the midst of your drought. I'm praying that the storm in the Gulf will bring you guys a wee bit of moisture. Don't you wish VT could send you some of theirs?

Hugs & Happy Labor Day Weekend,
Rett

TexWisGirl said...

that is really nice! one little box of 'normal' in this dreadful summer! glad your sweetie gave you joy!

Donnie said...

He did a beautiful job and those flowers are thriving. Very nice addition to the house.

Debbie said...

It's lovely, and I think it is actually doubly so because you managed to create beauty in the middle of a drought.

'Auntie' said...

Awwwwwwwwwww, what a precious post!

I'm so proud of your strong little flowers and how-they-grew!!!

Betcha' "BJ," no matter how much rain you have next year, or how many happily growing flowers you have next year, with more rain ~~~ Betcha' none will ever make you more happy, than these! :-)

And had to show "The Resident Wood Worker" pics of 'Mr. Sweet,' routing and all. And... Drum Roll Please... I KNEW that he was ROUTING! How about that? I have learned something, in all these years, married to "The Resident Wood Worker." :-)

Aren't we wives just amazing?!?!?!? -giggles-

LV said...

I remember your post when you wanted the window box. Your hubby did a great job on it. It looks very pretty and with lots of blooms will make an awesome sight. I did not buy any new plants this year. I am glad as they would have died like all the rest.

Julie said...

Just beautiful!! I have window boxes on our barn and gave up - opting to use silk flowers instead of real ones. Since they are on the second floor it is very difficult to water them. I killed several plants before turning to silk. Sad.. but glad I did because now they look pretty all the time and are so far up, it is really difficult to tell that they are not real!

You box is just beautiful...and give your Mr. Sweet a big hug for doing such a great job. The last time I let Don build anything - it was suppose to be a dog house.. I told him the dogs could not use it until they had tetnus shots!!

Vee said...

It looks wonderful and I'm certain that the green and colors nourished your spirits in this terribly drought. Are you expecting any rain from this Lee thing?

On Crooked Creek said...

BJ,
With "Mr.Sweet's" handiwork combined with your diligence...God has truly smiled on you, dear friend!Thank you for sharing this blessed window box with us. Inspiration abounds!
Fondly,
Pat
P.S. Your header is stunning...although, I did adore you sharing the grands!

Gypsy Heart said...

Looks beautiful! I gave up on flowers and plants outside...they were so expensive to begin with plus the heat. Made me very sad ~

I'm happy that yours have continued to thrive.

xo
Pat

Gypsy Heart said...

Looks beautiful! I gave up on flowers and plants outside...they were so expensive to begin with plus the heat. Made me very sad ~

I'm happy that yours have continued to thrive.

xo
Pat

Karen said...

Visiting from Fertilizer Friday and so glad I came across this post. Love the window box. Your husband is very talented and so are you for being able to grow such beautiful flowers in such adverse weather! What a cheery sight to see every time you look out your window.

Neabear said...

Love that window box. I am sure that awning help to keep them from burning in the sun. Looks so nice!

~Linnea

Patti said...

Nice window box from Mr. Sweet! You are a lucky woman.
The plants look great considering the drought you guys have been dealing with.

I was hearing birdies chirping then realized it was coming from your blog. Silly me.

Tootsie said...

hunny...I remember you!!! How could I forget!!! lol
you did a great job with this window box...love it!!!
I thank you so much for linking in this week. It is an honor to host Friday's Flaunt and meet new friends and visit the regulars (who are like old friends) who share. I am always excited to tour each post and see the different flowers/ projects and garden art that everyone flaunts. It is a pleasure to tour and see all the gorgeous blooms...and I appreciate each and every link and comment! I hope you will link in again soon!
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Ellen said...

What a beautiful flower box, and made with love. The plants are doing their job by putting smiles on your faces. You will enjoy this lanter for a very long time.
Hugs,
Ellen

Sherry said...

BJ,
This is so cute!! I love window boxes. I am glad you got one so you had something green to enjoy!
Thanks for joining HSH!
Sherry