Views: 334, Replies: 6 » Jump to the end
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
Image
needrain
Jun 27, 2014 10:18 AM CST
I like having the birds around, but most birdbaths available seem to have a Greek pillar design and don't fit with my mishmash of things. A couple of years ago I started with just a clay pot on the ground with a clay pan for the water. But ultimately it grew to stacked pots and cheap metal pot stands so it was a container planting. I used variegated (for obvious reasons Smiling ) Hedera helix for the plant and as it grew the stack has been adjusted and I found a chunk of sandstone with a flatter surface for the base. Relatively inexpensive. Also not very squirrel friendly. They have trouble climbing and for some reason haven't tried using the ivy. They are always ingenious, though, and one once launched itself from a near location and tipped the top pieces of the stack over. Some breakage and replacement then, but it's only happened the one time. The clay tray is easy to take off and clean from time to time. In the winter months I take the bath and stand off so I can take the ivy inside when temps get too cold for a potted plant. The early version here gives a clearer idea of the stack, but the one where the ivy has grown is how it is today.
Thumb of 2014-06-27/needrain/02a114


Thumb of 2014-06-27/needrain/d285db

Donald
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds
Image
SongofJoy
Jun 29, 2014 4:17 PM CST
Oh, very nice. I like that a lot.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Salvias Herbs Bluebonnets Native Plants and Wildflowers Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Forum moderator Purslane Hummingbirder Cat Lover Butterflies Birds
Image
LindaTX8
Jun 29, 2014 9:45 PM CST

Moderator

How original! Looks good!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
Houseplants Organic Gardener Composter Region: Gulf Coast Miniature Gardening Native Plants and Wildflowers
Bulbs Foliage Fan Tropicals Butterflies Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents
Image
purpleinopp
Jul 8, 2014 8:57 AM CST
Not a fan of traditional styled bird baths here either, they're way too formal for me. That's awesome!

I suspect the ivy might be OK staying outside. I have that same kind in a pot hanging from a tree branch and I know it froze solid this past winter, though not for more than 48 hours at a time, length of freeze is usually a factor. Two nights in a row in the teens, and the foliage was encased in ice during that deep freeze, like everything else outside. It was on the porch when I moved into my last place, so it's been outside for at least 8 winters. Putting a pot in a sheltered corner can make the difference, if you're interested in experimenting with an established cutting one of these years.
👀😁😂 - SMILE! -☺😎☻☮👌✌∞☯🐣🐦🐔🐝🍯🐾
🍀👒☀🍄🍍🌱🌿🌴🎄👣🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻🌽🏡🍃🍂🌾🌿🍁❦❧ 🍃🍁🍂🌾🌻🌺🌸🌼🌹🌳🌲
☕👓 The only way to succeed is to try.
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
Image
needrain
Jul 8, 2014 10:16 AM CST
Yeah, the ivy is pretty cold hardy. I let it freeze if it's above the lower 20s. But being in a pot makes a difference. I had a sedum get badly damaged last winter and it ordinarily handles freezing really well. What was growing in the ground wasn't damaged. And I had two native cacti plants of the small barrel type get killed last winter. They obviously survive quite well in the ground. Also, there is my preference for clay pots. While they give better insulation than plastic does, they are prone to flaking, cracking and even busting apart when they get frozen. It's sort of become part of my winter activity to be moving potted plants back and forth from inside and outside depending on the forecast! It's when the weather folks miss those forecasts by too many degrees that I get in trouble
:(.
Donald
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds
Image
SongofJoy
Jul 9, 2014 5:43 AM CST
I know what you mean. But the look of clay pots is very pleasing, especially with cacti and succulents. They just seem to go together.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
Houseplants Organic Gardener Composter Region: Gulf Coast Miniature Gardening Native Plants and Wildflowers
Bulbs Foliage Fan Tropicals Butterflies Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents
Image
purpleinopp
Jul 9, 2014 8:12 AM CST
Yes, I didn't mean to imply one would leave a *clay* pot out to get frozen. Sorry if I left that impression. Those things are expensive and that will ruin them!
👀😁😂 - SMILE! -☺😎☻☮👌✌∞☯🐣🐦🐔🐝🍯🐾
🍀👒☀🍄🍍🌱🌿🌴🎄👣🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻🌽🏡🍃🍂🌾🌿🍁❦❧ 🍃🍁🍂🌾🌻🌺🌸🌼🌹🌳🌲
☕👓 The only way to succeed is to try.

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Gardening for Wildlife forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by sunnyvalley and is called "Hair-raising"