Boxwood at the front door

Are you as excited as me to get outside and garden?
Are you sneaking out there at the first sign of 
warm sun rays, like I am?

I have almost finished all my spring cleaning, but
I just cant wait to get out there!!!

So what happens if I am not done by the time the 
real gardening weather kicks in?  Well, for me,
it just has to wait until the fall.Our summers
 are fairly short in the interior, so you
don't waste a moment indoors.

It was so sunny today,  I ignored inside and went to
 work on my front door planters. :))

 They were filled with cute little cedars,
but the deer nibbled them into a bare little cluster of branches!
They need to be replaced with some sort of evergreen,
because I keep these planters out in the winter too.  

Now that the deer know that we have cedars we
 need to plant  something different...they are relentless.
 I don't think they like  boxwood, 
so boxwood it is!

I love boxwood, they are just a little more
expensive than cedar and there root balls sometimes
can be quit large for containers. But we found two nice 
sized ones that would fill the planters perfectly, for a decent price.
I like the shape of them , and I think they should spread and get
  more of a natural shaped through out the summer.

The picture above is what our home looks like today....
and below is what it looked like in 2012.
Click here to see the full Front yard fix  post.

I am really happy with how everything is growing and filling in.
The hydrangea is in the middle, it looks like a bunch of twigs, 
 grows to a nice size in the summer, with great big white
 blossoms.  I will show you when it is in its full beauty.

 These planters have been sprinkled with a few
 pansies.  Pansies work well in this cool spring climate.
As the weather gets warmer I will change them out
 for white petunia waves, they are good in the heat.

The planter filled with daffodils and pansies
came from Costco, it has been outside
surviving in this freezing weather for about  3 weeks.
Their planters are inexpensive and lovely.  A win-win. 
 I think this one was about $12, I couldn't fill one for that price!
I am keeping the wreath that I made in the spring up.
I think it will stay for summer too!
Click here to see the full post on 

The boxwood has been in this planter since we moved in.
It  was one of the first planters that I bought for our front door.
It has that 'cottage' look, I am going for.  I add a little
 'Natures Gold' to it every spring, and that seems give
 it enough nutrition for the season.

Because it sits under the roof line, I was
 able to add  bacopa a little earlier than normal.
With the protection it should be fine.

The sunshine sure felt good today, while I 
played in the dirt!  I hope you are able to enjoy some sun too.
 Now.(sigh)... I better go finish up inside.

I am partying @


  1. Abby, your planters are very nice there on your porch. Mine kept getting froze and they look timid. I love your wreath!

    1. Thank you, I just can't wait any longer for gardening!

  2. i loooove the boxwoods! i've been wanting to do that for ages, and yours are the perfect size. mine are too stinking small, but the boyfriend told me i needed the small ones so they don't grow too big. but they've been small for two summers now! i think he thinks they have magic growing powers. this year i will see about moving them (again) and getting bigger ones so they have an impact like yours! thanks for the great inspiration!

    1. Thank you! Our older boxwood by the door, about 3 years old, hasn't grown very much...I think that they are slow growers in containers.


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