My Alpine Home

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Birdbaths. . .

If you are like me, you love the visual interest of a birdbath in the garden.  So, if one is good, three is even better!

The concrete birdbath is  one that you have seen many times and probably think that it is nothing special.  But to me my friend, it is very special.  It was my first birdbath and was given to me many years ago for Mothers Day by my sweet hubby.  I have had to cut a lot of my sunflowers down.  They were blocking my limelight Hydrangea tree and that just is not a good thing.  I have placed the heads throughout my garden.  The birds are having a hay day.  You can bet I am going to have random sunflowers popping up all over again next year.

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The leaf birdbath was a reminder of my trip to the Tulip Festival in Washington.  A local lady made them.  I have since made some of the leaves with the help of my sister, Julie and friend, Dolly.  I have given them to my girls.  I have had a few people ask how to make the leaf.  I will buy the items to make it and do a tutorial on it next week.

My third birdbath was a birthday gift from my dear friend, Joyce many years ago.  Her hubby made it.

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This is what it looks like with the plant removed.  Love it’s rustic charm.  It was made from a metal lid to a barrel.

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Remember this?  This is the hill behind my fire pit that was full of Larkspur this Spring.  Ha, ha, life after Larkspur.  Yup, all this was buried behind those gorgeous blooms.

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The two birdbaths above reside in the backyard and the concrete one is out front.

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How about you, do you love birdbaths?

Hugs,

Jann

I am sharing with:

Funky Junk Interiors for Birdbaths

Little Red House for Mosaic Monday

Fishtail Cottage for Cottage Garden Party

29 comments:

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Jann,

I love your birdbaths! And I cannot even believe the before and after with your Larkspur!

I have one beautiful birdbath, and even posted about it - here is rhw URL in case you'd like to see it!

http://www.finchrest.com/2012/06/roses-bird-bath-angel-shadows.html

Kris said...

What beautiful flowers! I love your bird baths. I have several here too!!
XO Kris

jeanetteann said...

I do so love birdbaths,yours are so unusual. I love the large leaf on the spindly stand. It's gorgeous.
I have one that was in my sons back yard in two pieces when he bought his house. We bought it home and my hubby cemented it together,I then put mosaic over the cracks. It looks quite good. I hope my sunflowers come up this year. x

Linda said...

I do love them - I have one in the back yard...we are preparing to install a pond in the back yard that will have some bowl-type areas for water to collect for the birds. Can't wait! That leaf shaped bath is gorgeous!

Danielle said...

I love birdbaths and I highly regret giving two of them away when we first moved here twelve years ago. I was not into gardening at the time...ah well...I love the remaining one that I have. Your sunflower heads are amazing!! Love the larkspur...it sure does cover a lot of area.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Yes, I do! I have one under the oak tree with a squirrel in the middle of it (you can see it in my header)it was my Mother's we had bought it for her one Mothers day and the other is in the herb garden. I love to see the birds splashing in it because it is deep and they love it.

Ruby and Arthur said...

Love the leaf shaped birdbath, could you share a tutorial? Have a great day, Jean

Diane Writes said...

Hi Jann! You have a unique collection of birdbaths. I love it.

Have a great week!

NanaDiana said...

I love them, too, Jann- I do-I do. I love the three you have and the special meaning they each have to you. I have a copper one that I just love-

That larkspur is amazing. I guess ti got to be TOO amazing, huh? xo Diana

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I do love birdbaths. I really like your leaf one!

We only have one cement one in our backyard. We enjoy birdwatching because our back yard is heavily wooded.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love birdbaths...yours are beautiful...now I have to do what you have done with some of yours and place plants in them...we discovered the pesky mosquitos breading in one of them...so had to empty it..working to put beautiful plants and flowers in it .. Thanks for sharing your oh so pretty bird baths!!

Dana@Mid2Mod said...

Love your birdbaths! I'm a sucker for both birdbaths and bird feeders. I have to keep the ever-growing cardinal population in my back yard happy! :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

They are all wonderful...the leaf is gorgeous! I have lots of feeders but no bird bath! I'll have to put that on my wish list! Hugs!

Barbara F. said...

I love all your bird baths, I love your yard. Just beautiful. You and your friends are very talented ladies. xo

Chenille Cottage said...

Hi Jann!
Oh...How I love all your birdbaths! Each one is so special with it's own story. Your home is not only a sweet resting place for your family and friends...but, for all of your fine feathered friends!

You know I have so many birdhouses in my yard...and not one birdbath..I guess it's time to start looking for my very first! ;)

Have a happy weeks, my darling friend!
Blessings,
Carolynn xo

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

I am amazed at the larkspur...wow!
and did I read you right that you made leaf birdbath's?? How??
and yes, I love birdbaths....and I just got a concrete one...free!! haven't talked about it yet...

Vee said...

Yes, I do like birdbaths and have two or three...all of which are not used as birdbaths.

I've enjoyed seeing more of your beautiful yard and all the charming birdbaths. I see that you don't use them as baths for birds either.

Vee said...

I'm back to correct that last statement...I did remember seeing water and had to come back to verify...yup, I see water in a birdbath. Pardon!

Pam Lambky said...

Jann, your yard and of course the bird bath is adorable! Enjoy your blog a lot! Pam

Pondside said...

Ooh yes, I love birdbaths. There's one in the front garden and one in the back. I would love to make one of those leaf baths - gorgeous! Is there a tutorial somewhere?

eileeninmd said...

I love your pretty yard and all the birdbaths. Yes, I do have birdbaths and I would love to add one like the leaf to my yard. Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing.

Little Susie Home Maker said...

So happy to come do a little catching up. Yes, I love my birdbaths as well! Yours are so pretty and your yard is as beautiful as ever. I cant wait to see your leaf tutorial!
Blessings,
Susie

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

I love the ideas you have for repurposing the birdbaths. I have a leaf birdbath similar to yours that I made from a rhubarb leaf and concrete. Beautiful photos. Valerie

Peg said...

I love how you have collected the birdbaths and then you have a cute story about who gave it to you. As you know I love your yard and it is always a treat to spend a few minutes there enjoying the beauty. I am sure the birds think they have died and gone to heaven when they discover your yard.

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Jann,
Beautiful birdbaths! We have a new concrete one this year and it has been very busy with the heat of this summer! Love the sunflower heads placed in yours. What a treat for the birds. They remind me of that sunflower pincushion. Did you ever make that sunflower pincushion? The wool one I talked about last fall? Just wondering...I have been making some I will feature soon. Your garden is so beautiful in every season!
All the Best,
Christine

Indie said...

I love your birdbaths, especially your leaf one! I have one small concrete birdbath, which the birds enjoy.
Your larkspur is absolute amazing! Beautiful! I can't believe it's hiding all that, though :)

One More Time said...

It is all so beautiful...love the bird bath.

Elena said...

Yes, I love birds, bird baths, houses and feeders! I love that you put the old sunflowers with the seed in the bird bath. I know how birds just love that. Your leaf bird bath is beautiful too.

D_Y said...

A birdbath is a great addition to the cottage. Unfortunately up here in Winnipeg we really have to worry about mosquitoes breeding and stagnant water is not a good idea. Perhaps I'll add a water feature instead and plant my birdbath with succulents.