On the Reversible Happiness of Window Boxes

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Today I muse on what works, on what stays, on what brings joy. And that, my friends, are my window boxes filled with impatiens.

Every year, I buy some Miracle Grow planting soil and plop some impatiens in my window boxes and these beautiful accoutrements last well into October. They are simple, they are easy, they are a lot of bang for the buck. And, as I can see them from inside as well as out, I call them the reversible happiness of window boxes. All sides fit, all views are lovely.

Susan Dromey Heeter

Window boxes delight. I think of them as the eyebrows of houses; they accentuate the simple. When I traveled in Germany and Austria, many houses had glorious flowers out front. I don’t remember roofs or doors as much as I remember window boxes, as that splash of color that brings so much.

Mercifully, there is shade in front of our house that allows the window boxes to thrive. Rarely do they even need water as rain suffices. I did attempt to put window boxes in the back of our house but the direct sun simply burnt. There was way too much effort put in these boxes and I have since stopped trying for the same backyard effect. The front is enough. I need simple, I need easy, I need color.

And it’s a beautiful time to plant window boxes. And, again, simple is always best.  I muse joyfully you have your plantings that bring you joy as summer of 21 begins. 

Bliss out with your own Miracle Grow, muse joyfully with color and buds. Celebrate the color after a long winter of gray.  I muse joyfully you will.

Susan Dromey Heeter is a writer from Dover who recently let her hair go au natural white. Writing has been her passion since her English majoring days at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  Dromey Heeter has lived in The Netherlands, Alaska and currently basks in all things New England, including the frigid winters. An avid swimmer, Dromey Heeter’s great passion is to bring back body surfing as most children have no idea how to ride waves without ridiculous boogie boards.

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