Wednesday, May 28, 2008

When is a birdbath not a birdbath?

When it's a plant pedestal instead!


Several years ago my husband bought this beautiful little birdbath for me at a somewhat pricey little gift shop. Unfortunately, the basin section rusted pretty badly within the first year so I didn't feel safe having the birds drink from it. But what a beautiful pedestal it made for last year's petunias! (This is a great way to use hanging plants with the hooks removed... Instant gratification because they are so big right from the start!) This year I have it out in front of the house with another big hanging plant sitting on top... I'll have to be sure to get a picture soon...


Last summer I found this cute little birdbath for just a few dollars (that's why I love junktique shops!)... It wasn't anything special - just white plastic - but it served its purpose and the birdies definitely appreciated the fresh water during those hot summer days...


I started filling my birdbaths on a regular basis a month or so ago, and was quite disappointed to find that my (cheap) little birdbath didn't survive the bitter New England winter. The center had cracked and it no longer held water...


Just as well though... I had been trying to figure out what table or planter to use for this beautiful verbena, and the cracked birdbath was the perfect solution! I don't think the birds will mind. I must have at least 7 or 8 little birdbaths throughout the yard for their drinking and bathing pleasure!!

Donna

17 comments:

Tracie said...

Oh my gosh, I love it as a planter!
xo~Tracie

Adrienne said...

Your birdbath planters are absolutely gorgeous. I have a concrete birdbath that is slowly disintegrating inside the bowl and I think I'll use it as a planter. Now I will look for inexpensive plastic to hold more plants. Thanks for sharing the idea with us. ~Adrienne~

Joanne Kennedy said...

What a great idea! I love bird baths but so many do wear out from the water and weather. Now it won't matter because YOU gave me a great idea on how to use them anyway!

julia said...

Lovely idea...the arrangement looks gorgeous!

Marie said...

Holy moly, that verbana and bird bath planter is gorgeous!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Donna,
Very clever! I love the flowers in them!
Hugs, Sherry

nwalker said...

Hi Donna,
That looks great! I got your comment about the deletion, no problem. I am new to blogging and I am totally addicted! I can't wait until school is out and I can spend more time viewing all the beautiful things on different blogs. Thanks for adding me!
Nancy

Pink Icing on the Cake said...

Hi Donna,
I have been thinking about getting a birdbath but that would mean re-tweaking outside to find a place and after all my tweaking, I don't think I want to do that. So maybe next year. I also want an outdoor fountain. Your birdbath looks great.

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

GREAT idea!!!

M ^..^

Donna Kay said...

Donna - your flowers are gorgeous - I can't grow a cactus - seriously I killed an aloe plant - I have the darkest "brown" thumb around!! So, I will just come and swoon over yours!!!!
Bless....

Donna Kay said...

Donna - your flowers are gorgeous - I can't grow a cactus - seriously I killed an aloe plant - I have the darkest "brown" thumb around!! So, I will just come and swoon over yours!!!!
Bless....

Linda's Blue Gate said...

The birdbath planters look wonderful... your plants are so lush
HUgs
Linda

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

I love this idea! What a creative solution. They really do look great with plants on top!

Susan said...

I love the birdbath planters. That is clever! And your flowers are so beautiful!

Michele said...

Awesome idea to use them for planters!! I particularly LOVE the last picture!! Oh my goodness, is it ever gorgeous!!!

Michele
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maggie said...

Your birdbaths are making such wonderful planters. The flowers are looking lovely, especially the verbena, which is one of my favorites.

Sarah said...

Great idea! That first picture is right up my ally, beautiful vignette! I can't wait to find a birdbath!
Sarah