Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A second home for my yard

I'm itching for spring.

I'm yearning for yard work.

I've got plans for a garden or two, but those details are pretty much worked out. It's just the grunt work that needs to be done. However, one thing that I've been planning for the yard for a few years is a bird house.

I don't know why, but I've wanted an ornate, house-like bird house for one specific corner of the yard.

So far, the best birdhouse selection that I can find is at

There's this one:

Or this one:

If money was no object, this is what my own house would look like:

Or, maybe since my reality-based house is a plain bungalow, I should go for another plain bungalow.

Either way, they're all hand painted. I had in mind that I'd repaint whichever one I got to match the colours of my house.

It'll go at the side, where the fence joins the front corner of the house. There's currently a lilac tree nearby, and peony plants below. I want to 'plant' a post right behind the fence, and attach the bird house on top of it, so that it peeks over the fence. There are gardens in front of and behind the fence, so it's a low traffic area.

Keep in mind that the birds don't like me and my newly developed subdivision. They won't eat from my feeders, regardless of what food I leave out for them. They turn up their snotty little beaks at the berries on my tiny new-subdivision trees. I've been planting my gardens with attracting wildlife in mind, but so far to no avail. So, this particular bird house will be more for me than them.


  1. Janice feed your snooty up-town birdies suet and they will come! Suet with insects and suet with berries. The birdhouses are very cute! I covet the 2nd one.

  2. I like the last one the best...and I'm so jealous that you have BOTH a lilac tree and peonies - my favorites (after Tulips!)!!!

  3. If your subdivision is not complete that may be the reason for the lack of birds and not that they don't like you. It's hard not to like someone offering free food.

  4. Lilacs and peonies and a beautiful birdhouse - you just named the top three items on my dream yard wish list.