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My New, Very Old Birdbath

Last year Lou cleared some small dead trees out of the natural area in the center of the woodland garden, and suddenly the area appeared a bit bare. I mulled over the idea of a piece of sculpture, but it would have to be something that would fit into the rustic setting. 

Last week I came across a large "vintage estate, pedestal birdbath." I did not need another birdbath, but it was the right size and price. I had ideas on how to make it work. After I hauled it home in the back of the car, my husband complained bitterly about its weight as he was wrestling it into place. I promised him he would love it. 

It is a distinctive birdbath with at least a half century of patina. As I said, I wanted a piece of sculpture more than a birdbath. So I filled the bowl with soil and covered that with moss from my garden. Then I placed a crystal gazing ball in the center. I put some violas around the ball for instant gratification, though this spring I plan to replace them with something else with tiny flowers. I am not sure yet what will work with moss in this shady area. I will do some research.

It fits well into the wooded surroundings, but I think I will need to clear out weeds that may detract from it.
I am looking forward to spring when everything turns green and the vinca ground cover around it blooms. Lou does love it, though I had to assure him I will not be calling up any spirits of the dead with the crystal ball!

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Reader Comments (8)

No wonder you couldn't come home without that bird bath. It's patina makes it blend in with your garden. In that crystal ball I see a sea of blue under the bird bath reflecting the flowers within.

February 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterLisa at Greenbow

I love it, Deb. If I had a woodland, I'd be copying your idea to a "T"! I've got a birdbath with a glass sphere and glass pebbles to emulate water in my cutting garden but that's as close to the idea as I get.

February 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterKris P

Your birdbath looks like a perfect woodland centerpiece - just lovely!

February 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterAmy@SmallSunnyGarden

Violets? Or some tiny bulbs crocus or species iris? Wonderful to have little flowers raised up where they can be enjoyed.

February 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Studer

Oh, that's really, really pretty! The gazing ball surrounded by the flowers is magical. You have the designer's touch, for sure!

February 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBeth @ PlantPostings

A very nice addition!

February 13, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJason

I love what you did with this.

(But I sympathize with your husband. Man, that looks heavy!!)


February 15, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

Perfect in the woodland setting; you have the eye for finding objects that are just right!

February 15, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

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