Thursday’s Windows: From Cornwall to Germany

Here are just a few pretty windows I saw on my travels in Cornwall and Germany last month.Β  Window boxes have an ancient history in Europe, and the earliest Terra Cotta ones dated back to Roman times, when it was the practice for households to cultivate cottage gardens to grow their vegetables, medicinal herbs, and plants used for religious rituals. Those who didn’t have enough space for a proper garden, grew these commodities in window boxes. Over time, the window boxes became more decorative than functional, with roses being the favourite flowers, followed by lilies, violets and pansies

This pic shows that even a modest little flower box can really brighten up a rather plain window. There are even a few brave little flowers pushing their way through the cracks in the cement to keep it company.


This boarding house had a really spectacular display.


We wanted to eat at this popular restaurant. It was so pretty, but fully booked.


You could hardly see through these windows for flowers.


In Germany, this one caught my eye as our coach passed by on the way to the Black Forest.


I loved the combination of pink and blue here; so pretty.


At the Black Forest tourist centre, the windows in the hotel were ablaze with colour.


Here is a closeup of one of the beautifully decorated windows.


That’s all my windows for this week. To see more, just click here to be taken to Dawn’s blog.

74 comments on “Thursday’s Windows: From Cornwall to Germany

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  2. they are beautiful… flowers how give a different touches to the windows… Thank you dear AD, you captured and did a wonderful post for windows… Have a nice weekend and journeys, love, nia

  3. Splendid choices for the challenge. You did make me realize that we don’t do too many window boxes around here. But then there are lots of pretty plantings in front yards (though they are so much more work to weed!) 😦

  4. I plant window boxes around my yard. It’s wonderful to watch the little plants grow into large plants cascading from the boxes. The windows look so much better. Just look at those in your wonderful photos. Those windows would hardly be worth noticing without those flower boxes. Both buildings and windows are greatly enhanced — not to mention the mood of all who pass by. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing them with us.

  5. splendide immagini, sΓ¬, la tradizione dei balconi fioriti Γ¨ molto forte anche in Italia, io stessa tengo particolarmente a questa pratica che illeggiadrisce l’aspetto della casa,
    un sorriso
    V en

    beautiful images, Yes, the tradition of flowered balconies is very strong even in Italy, I would like particularly to this practice that illeggiadrisce the appearance of the House,
    a smile

  6. What a lovely idea to show two different sets of your recent window views AD !
    I do think even the most humble of little windowsills perk up with a display of annuals, herbs , spring bulbs … Great choices πŸ™‚

  7. All these windows are so stunning AD. I especially like the ones that have flowers in front of them. That looks so colourful! Great shots and entry for the challenge hon. Thanks for sharing. πŸ˜€ *big hugs*

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