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Window boxes serve two functions; the first is to decorate the outside of a house, thus giving pleasure not only to the owner but also to passers by, and the second is to add to the pleasure of those inside by giving them a tiny foreground landscape of flower and leaf through, or across, which to look at the world. The view through a window is much improved on a grey morning if it is seen past the nodding heads of Daffodils or Pot Marigolds. How many boxes
The shape, size and number of window-boxes will, obviously, be dictated by the house itself. If you have just one window-box it should be colourful and well-tended - it must merit the attention it will undoubtedly receive. Alternatively, you could have a mixture of troughs, pots and window-boxes - each filled with different varieties of flower. Just think of those pavements, yards, and flights of steps in the Mediterranean countries where every kind of pot and pan, even painted petrol tins, contains a glittering cascade of bright flowers which enliven the dullest corner.
Window-boxes can be found in many materials. They can either be bought ready-made or made to fit a particular window. The traditional wooden box is still a favourite and will last well provided it is painted with a preservative and one or two coats of paint. Good hard wood such as teak, elm, oak or red cedar can be treated with preservative and left to weather. The less heavy deal boxes need
two or three coats of paint. White, off-white, or stone colours are usually good ones to choose. Or a dark blue, green or grey. It is probably best to avoid bright hues and to let the flowers provide all the colour.