Monday, May 4, 2015

Garden Flower Box

Hi Friends,
Recently we've been working on a new outdoor project
for a flower box on the fence.
My hubby has built a few of these for me over the years
and this one adds a nice accent to our new fence installed last year.

A nice tall  fence  for pool privacy but really needed an area with some detail.
For me, decorating outdoors is just another room for display.
The fence, another wall to decorate.

To start, LJ gathered up a few odd pieces of wood he had on hand.
No pattern needed here, we just took some measurements of the fence between the sections
 and decided on the size of  40" long 8" high and 6" deep.

He built the box area first then added the front shaped like the vintage styles seen on old bungalows.
Drainage holes drilled in the bottom.

To the center, he added an anchor wood brace for support.

All pieces attached together and then screw holes filled on the front with wood putty and sanded.

Next, I painted the box  inside and out with an outdoor house paint in white.

Lastly, I added an iron accent I had in my stash to the front of the box.
I gave it an antiqued finish in vintage sienna and lightly sanded it for an aged look.

Once we hung the box, I placed a trio of birdhouses above to complete this fence area.

We filled the box with potting soil and  planted the Purple Shamrock inside the box 
with Allysum in white to trail over the edge .

The purple can tolerate lots of sun and the green variety needs mostly shade.
This is a perennial too so I am hoping it will grow back next year.
It also makes a pretty light purple pink  bloom.

In a few weeks it will be fuller and the snow white of the Allysum falling over the top.
I'll share some pics later as the plants grow.

              Love the color among the roses.

The birdhouses make the perfect homes for our resident bird friends that gather in our garden.
Hope they feel right at home,

Thank you honey for building this~
I love it and so enjoying our new outdoor project
 from the patio and house,
it's so nice to look at.

Do you love flower boxes too?.
Do you have a spot for one?

Thank you for stopping by.
See you again soon.

Have a wonderful day!
Celestina Marie



Jan Hermann said...

What a lovely project Celeste. Your hubby is great at creating and building things and you are great at decorating with them! I love the flower box and bird houses on your fence! Very pretty!

Jan ♥

Brandi said...

How beautiful, Celeste! So nice to have a handy husband. He did a great job and I love your choice of flowers. Shamrock plants are one of my favorites.

Valerie-Jael said...

What a wonderful new decoration for your lovely garden, absolutely stunning! Hugs, Valerie

Ryoma Sakamoto.Japan said...

From Japan : Home from "Tateyama & Kurobe Alpine Route". I was surprised to travelers from many foreign countries.

1CardCreator said...

Your garden is gorgeous, I love the planter and the bird houses really set it off too. Looks perfect! ~Diane

Donna said...

Your handy man did an awesome job building the flower box,Celestina! I love the front that he added, you can tell he's a perfectionist in his work:) The iron piece is the perfect addition, and I love the purple shamrocks. I have never seen them before. Your birdhouses are so sweet. I just love your yard and gardens, and how it's an extension of your home:)

Linda M. said...

Celeste, Your garden wall looks so beautiful. I do love flower boxes but I need to find a carpenter. :) Joyous Wishes, Linda

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh I love your planter box! It turned out beautiful! The bird houses are just the icing on the cake! Happy Monday! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Wow, celeste, your mastery of woodwork, paintkng, sweing and most of all, keeping up your home and gardens so tidy is impressive!! We have some white flower boxes too, but they are very shabby, the way I like them, but made that way with wear!!! Have a super day my friend, anita

Dorthe said...

Hello dear, your husbond made you a most beautiful flower box, I love the shape, and your iron piece makes it look even better.I love the plants you used , they add a beautiful tone to your rose bed, and the houses are soo sweet.
Have a lovely week, dear .

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Beautiful together project you and your husband designed and made. There's just something about flower boxes that warm my heart. They look inviting and add warmth. I like how you added the iron piece to the front. I had no idea there was a plant known as Purple Shamrock, adds great color and I'm heading over to Google it and see if it will grow in Philly.
I always enjoy seeing your additions and embellishments to your beautiful house,
Sending love,

Anonymous said...

Hi Celeste! Oh, this is a wonderful box and looks fabulous on your fence! Your flowers are so beautiful.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Crissi said...

Hello dear Celestina, very nice this new decoration for your lovely garden, absolutely stunning - and this beautiful flowers and cute bird houses!
Good evening
hug Crissi

Crissi said...

Hello dear Celestina, very nice this new decoration for your lovely garden, absolutely stunning - and this beautiful flowers and cute bird houses!
Good evening
hug Crissi

Beverly Dillow said...

How beautiful! Your backyard is gorgeous. Very peaceful, I'm sure!
Beverly :)

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

What a fabulous flower box!! Mr LJ did an incredible job making it. Give him a pat on the back please! And the purple shammrock... I didn't know they existed. What a great color with the white! Loved this post about you two creating together!!

Love & hugs to you both, Edie

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What a pretty addition to your garden! I just love the iron accent on it. I have a wire flower box I filled with purple petunias last pretty! I have not started decorating my yard yet though! Thanks for the inspiration.

Sola Scriptura said...

What a perfect compliment to your gorgeous garden! You have a home, sweet home indeed!

A Colorful World said...

How charming! Hope you have some birds move in!

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Celestina Marie,

Always a treat to see your beautiful garden - love the flower boxes and your pretty blooms and also how cute the little bird houses are.
Happy May dear friend
Sending hugs

TexWisGirl said...

it is really, really cute!

Jill said...

I'm always talking Jerry into making them for me... in fact once the chicken coop is built, one will be going there as well, lol. Yours looks absolutely beautiful! Enjoy!


Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Beautiful Celestina...your hubby did a wonderful job!...I love window boxes...i have been scouring the catalogs looking for the right window boxes for my front windows...Your flowers are gorgeous too!!

Createology said...

This is a lovely grouping for your new fence and how special for you and your husband to create it together. The plant choices and colors are perfect. Creative Bliss...

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I love bird houses and flower boxes on a fence. It gives it so much, rather just a plain privacy fence. It looks great and your husband did a wonderful job.
Enjoy your week.

Junkchiccottage said...

This is such a pretty addition to your garden. Everything looks so sweet. Love all the pretty plants for the new flower box and the little bird houses are adorable. Great job.
Have a wonderful week.

Betsy said...

I like the idea of the flower box on the fence. I will try to put one on mine. Like this idea and thanks for sharing.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

He did a wonderful job, and I really like the shape. xoox Su

Claudia said...

Hi Celeste,
this garden flower box is wonderful! I love it on the fence with the sweet Bird Houses! Such a pretty look!
You did a great job!
HAve a wonderful week, sending Love and hugs and blessings,
Claudia xo

Kathy said...

Beautiful and I adore the color combination!

Monse said...

Me encanta la idea de los nidos, voy a colocarlos en la pared de mi terraza. Gracias por la inspiración. Un saludo desde España

La Petite Gallery said...

Awesome, after this winter 3 of my window boxes just fell off, all that ice and snow I guess. Next will have liners. Enjoy this wonderful month of May.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty ~ I love your embellishment, Celeste! I have always loved flower boxes, but never had any. I love the look of flowers spilling over them.

Sylvia said...

Beautiful flower box and fence area! I too love bird houses and enjoy the all summer. Birds bring the sound of life to a garden.

Linda Walker said...

What a nice job your husband did! Of course you added the perfect finishing touches!!!The window box looks so pretty and I love the plants you used. I have always loved alyssum, it is so dainty! What a nice view from your house!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You have the perfect place for it, too! You'll enjoy it for years to come. How nice and beautiful with your special accents. Sweet hugs, Diane

Miss Nifty Thrifty said...

I love flower boxes. But I do not have not a single one:( I don't know if there is a way to attach one as my home is brick.

Gypsy Heart said...

It's beautiful! Both of you did such a wonderful job on this project. I don't have a fence but would never think to decorate it. Just love your creativity!


Birdman said...

The flower boxes are yours. I settle for the delightful birdhouses.

Gentle Joy said...

What a beautiful arrangement.... the color of the fence, the flowers, the birdhouses.... very nice. I really like your planting box also... nice to have a handy husband do such sweet things for you. :)

Julie's Lifestyle said...

The new flower box looks so pretty with the flowers and bird houses. Enjoy! Have a wonderful day and enjoy the rest of the week.
Julie xo

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

The flower box looks wonderful hanging there with those sweet birdhouses!

Thanks for saying such nice things about my feature in French Country Style!

Scrappy quilter said...

Such a nice flower box and I love the bird houses. So cute.

Conniecrafter said...

Such a pretty flower box, and your bird houses are beautiful too and it all looks great together

Feral Turtle said...

What a beautiful flower box and I love the finish you gave to it!! I could only dream that the purple shamrock was a perennial here but they do grow well in the house after the summer is over! Love the cute birdhouses too. I bet you have tenants fighting for those homes!

cynthia lee designs said...

So pretty!! Love the planter and birdhouses!!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Celeste, what a pretty flower box. The purple shamrock is beautiful. I love how it looks on the fence with the cute birdhouses. Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

Alessandra said...

Ohh...absolutely stunning! This project is a work of art. The bird houses and the flower box are awesome.

handmade by amalia said...

How pretty! And perfect with the sweet little birdhouses.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

I don't have a hanging flower box but your pretty fence vignette makes me want one. The birdhouses are perfect and what a beautiful view. I can imagine sitting there in the morning gazing at the prettiness with a cup of coffee.. hubby did a great job :-)

Anonymous said...

I love flower boxes. You and your husband did a great job. I love the bird houses too. The other day at the farmer's market, a wren had set up house in a bird house they had for sale!!!
The first home John and I lived in had 3 window boxes on the front. We had blue and yellow pansies one Autumn and they were so nice with the blue window shutters! Sweet memories.
Taking time away to care for my foot. The MRI shows significant damage and I am going to Emory Univ Hospital tomorrow for an evaluation. Hope to see you soon. Happy Mother's Day.

Jillayne said...

Really wonderful Celestina - you both do beautiful work! The metal accent is perfect, but I especially love the trio of bird houses above - that's a wonderful detail!
Many hugs,


Stephanie said...

Dearest Celeste, how I love your flower box and bird houses! What a lovely area you have made in your garden :)

Your are a constant source of inspiration and blessing, my friend. Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration and thank you for the many sweet comments on my blog. Love to you!

BeachGypsy said...

that looks beautiful!! Great job! I also love window boxes.

Tete said...

I really love this! I love the purple against the white flower box and the fence. I have flower boxes, but put my green beans in most of them!

orchid0324 said...

Dearest Celeste; Wow, how wonderful to have these GORGEOUS hand-made flower box and bird house♡♡♡ Such great talent your husband has and I LOVE your beautiful pictures beautifuly arranged,too(^_^)v
I hope you will have a wonderful coming weekend.
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Stephanie said...

Thank you so much, sweet Celeste, for sharing this beautiful post with Roses of Inspiration. It was such a joy to feature you :) Hugs!

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Celestina Marie
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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..