- places my window boxes in a place the plants won’t get sunburned
- prevents my boxes and chairs from blowing away in high winds
- as a bug repellent
When we first moved here I had placed my boxes along the fence line. It worked great until the desert’s high winds decided to make me hunt down some of my boxes. My chairs were taking a beating as well. The wind would gleefully tip them over and drag them across the yard.
It wasn’t until the summer that the plants started getting sunburned in the south facing yard. Full sun? Ha! Not in the desert at any rate. In an effort to save at least a few of them I decided to move them onto the covered patio. I ended up hooking them to the arms of the chairs as a temporary measure that turned permanent.
At first they hung rather low and the metal ending of the wire frame would dig into your thighs. While that flap of metal is great for keeping the boxes high and straight along walls and fences it just pulled them down on the chairs. I finally realized that if I moved the boxes toward the back of the chair I could hook on the latches between the arm and the back of the chair. This allowed for the box to hit just right and stand up straight as it’s supposed to.
Normally in the summer I plant bug repellant plants like lemon balm and marigolds. Okay, more mosquito repellant, but who wants to be bitten?
I noticed this year that because I planted those flowers, in window boxes that hung from my chairs, we could sit there in the evening without getting mauled.
Take that sanguivorous creatures!