Window Box PlantersWinter finally hit Utah. Kind of. We had a dusting of snow on Saturday morning — that melted by noon. It's only the second snow fall of the year. After a 300% precipitation year last year, this year we're at something like 2%. And, OK, it's 40 today and above freezing every day this week. Again. So winter has not really hit Utah and we had a balmy Christmas. Still. We're not out picnicking in the back yard. And that makes me miss spring.

Today, I'm dreaming of window boxes. But window boxes just don't go with craftsman houses. At least I didn't think so until I googled them. There are actually lots of ways to incorporate window boxes with our modified craftsman home in ways that could look really beautiful.

Adding a windowbox to the two office windows on the most prominent part of hte house would add some color and interest to the front of the house. When the plantings there grow up a bit, it will be a beautiful, inviting spot.

Another windowbox under the large library window, that faces the front porch would be gorgeous and add to the space that is currently rather stark and uninviting. Getting rid of the lawn chairs Caleb colored with permanent marker and replacing them with something comfortable and colorful would help as well.

All that would be needed to finish off the area would be to add a couple of flower boxes near the front door. The curb appeal would be tremendous.

Given my penchant for avoiding gardening, however, I'm going to have to figure out how to run drip lines from our current sprinkler system into the planter boxes. If our Christmas poinsettia is any indication, the flowers won't survive me otherwise.

What are your curb appeal boosters?