I’m so glad that I took advantage of our ‘second summer’ last weekend and finished up my bench makeover. I have it posted on Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist, so hopefully it will sell soon.
I also sold that large cupboard that I refinished back in September on Monday.
I was really happy to sell that one before winter set in. It was rather large, and really heavy, so I was storing it out in the carriage house. I really didn’t want it to sit out there all winter.
And as it turned out, we got it out the door just in time because winter returned with a vengeance on Tuesday.
Second summer is glorious, but it’s also fleeting. Winter always returns.
Another task that I was determined to take care of during our second summer weekend was filling all of my window boxes with evergreens. The past several years I haven’t been able to get to this before the soil in the boxes froze rock solid, but this year luck was on my side.
Mr. Q and I popped over to our local Home Depot and we picked up a variety of evergreens.
No matter how many I buy, I still never have enough to fill all of my planters totally. These really are just the background to which I add dried flowers harvested from my garden (or my neighbor’s garden).
The window box on the side of my carriage house is always my favorite.
In addition to the greens, I added some dried flowers from my Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea. The flowers on this one turn a deep shade of pink/purple as the season progresses. You have to cut them and dry them before you get a really hard freeze though, because eventually they turn brown if left on the shrub.
I added a few other dried flowers (astilbe and sedum), plus a few rusty ornaments.
I took all of these photos before Tuesday’s snow. I really thought I’d have a little more time to enjoy my work before it looked like this …
But that’s OK. This snow will melt soon.
I also dressed up the Farmer’s Market basket that hangs on the photo cottage.
I added some battery operated lights to this one which is pretty at night. This planter is a bit more sheltered from the elements by the overhanging roof on the cottage.
Next up was the galvanized laundry tub that sits in front of my carriage house. This is where I hung my painted sled.
It’s looking quite festive with the addition of some snow!
We share a mailbox post with nnK (our neighbor across the street) and quite a few years ago we added some planters to either side of the mailboxes. nnK fills them up in the summer, and I fill them for the winter. Last year I swapped out the plastic planter box on my side for an old metal toolbox (I’m still working on finding a good one for her side).
I used quite a bit more dried flowers in these arrangements, and many of them came from nnK’s garden.
If you’re wondering how well these things stand up to a Minnesota winter, well, the truth is they definitely don’t look this good all the way to spring. But they usually look good at least through Christmas.
Some of you who have followed me for a few years are probably wondering about the big daddy of them all, my front window box.
Well, silly me, I managed to forget to take any photos of it before the snow. But here it is after …
It’s a little hard to see the details 😉
I have some twig lights in here though, and it looks amazing lit up at night both from inside the house and from the street.
How about you? Do you fill up your outdoor planters for winter? Got any tips to share on what works well for you? Be sure to leave a comment and let me know.