Living in a first floor apartment requires bars over all the windows. I know it's a necessary part of living in this city, especially living right across the street from a park, but it's also ugly. The bars over one window in the living room form a cage large enough to fit an air conditioner inside. There's the same cage in the bedroom, next to the bed, which is where the air conditioner fits. Since it's expensive enough to run the bedroom one at night, we decided not to put an air conditioner in the living room. Instead, Patrick decided to make the one in the living room into a window box. He frequently morns the fact that we don't have any sort of outdoor space to have a proper garden in this apartment, so this seemed like a good way for him to do at least a little bit of planting utilizing the small space that we have. He bought a planter from the hardware store down the street and bought some tulips, daffodils, and a few herbs (parsley, thyme, sage, and oregano), planted them all together, and put the whole thing in the window.
The tulips are beginning to open, and the daffodils should follow along shortly. Once it gets too hot for the flowers, we're going to take them out and add some more herbs, which should last us for a while, at least until it gets too cold and we need to replant them indoors.
It's been so nice to finally see everything blooming again after the dreary and cold winter that we had. It's been a very rainy spring so far, but the plants are loving it.