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Monday, May 6, 2013

Around our House

                  

 We have one strawberry almost ready to pick (tee hee) if we can beat the birds to it!

Flowers are blooming!

In addition to our large bleeding hearts, many hostas, climbing clematises, about to pop irises and peonies, pink and purple columbines and growing ferns, I have an old child's wheelbarrow blooming with petunias.






The bird population is growing on our little acre!

There are many bird nests in our trees and bushes. But, robins always pick the unusual places to build their nest. Mrs. Robin built this nest in an old bird feeder nailed to the end of our row of grapevines. Her poor baby birds get the evening sun, though.


Projects are getting done!

My son salvaged a huge wild cherry tree that had uprooted in the woods. He made this bench for us and saved many more slabs for future projects.




We pruned our apple trees, and I saved some of the tree limbs. I am making these flower arrangements from them. You just drill holes for the flowers and insert them. Add birds and whatever else you want. I love them. They look good on your front porch or your dining room table. I added birds and bird nests to mine. I still have more to make. If you like rustic decorating, you will like these. You can't see it very good, but I have a hummingbird hanging onto a flower on the one in the back. I don't glue the stems in, so when the seasons change you can insert different flowers.



 Posted by  Janet Smart  on Writing in the Blackberry Patch.








13 comments:

  1. Wow! I love all these! I wish I could make things out of wood myself instead of having to ask.

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    1. thanks lil red hen! My son is really handy to have around. The wheelbarrow planter and apple limb flower arrangements were very easy to do, though.

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  2. Love that bench and your flower arrangements, very pretty! Looks like spring has sprung at your home:)

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    1. Thanks, Carmen. I hope Old Man Winter doesn't pop back in on us.

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  3. Those are so cute, Janet. You could use them for yule logs at Christmas. My Dad would drill holes for bits of evergreens, etc, and larger holes for candles. We'd have one of these on each mantle at Christmas, each one decorated slightly differently.

    The wheelbarrow is adorable.

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    1. Thanks, Susanna. I thought different flowers for each season would look pretty, too.

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  4. When I seen the baby birds I thought what kind of nesting box is that? lol Who would think they would build a nest in an old bird feeder! I seen a hummingbird on my front porch today. I need to get a feeder out for them! Beautiful flowers! We bought a flat of flowers yesterday and planted them before it rained.

    Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Hi Angela! We've seen hummingbirds here, too, but we haven't put out our feeder yet.

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  5. What lovely photos. The birds in our little part of the world are multiplying rapidly. We've already had two mourning doves hatched in a hanging planter on the front porch, and now a robin has built a nest in our drain pipe.

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    1. Thanks, Donna. I love robins, but they do nest in the strangest places! Our next door neighbor has one of those small octagon shaped windows above their door and a robin has built a nest there. I spotted it a few days ago and she was feeding her babies.

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  6. Janet -- like your child's wheelbarrow with the red pansies, your son's bench, and the custom flower holders. I have a feeling your yard is full of wonderful stuff! -- barbara

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  7. You are a busy girl it seems. It is nice to just sit and admire your garden and plan. Love the smell of newly sawn timber too. xo

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  8. We are STILL waiting for spring to pop here. We are on the verge, but it was still in the 30s last night. We also have baby birds and flowers just waiting to smile. Your log idea is really cute.

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