DECORATING WITH BIRDHOUSES

Since my last post on birdhouses, I received several other unique birdhouse designs that I wanted to share.  The two birdhouses below are from Patsy Luckie’s collection.

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A friend from Atlanta, Lisa Mann, shared these two designs from the garden of the new house she has just moved in.

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And what an awesome “house warming” (or maybe that should be “birdhouse warming”) present awaited her…

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Decorating with bird houses and accessories makes an easy and impressive centerpiece.  I recently did this for a friend’s dining table. I started with her beautiful bird house and added a copper tray to match the trim of this charming church styled house.  After layering the base with fresh moss, sprigs of Carolina Jasmine, Spanish moss, and  lichen covered branches, a few decorative birds were added. A  glass cloche encases a tiny bird’s nest. (Thanks, Mary Beth Davis, for letting me share this photograph!)

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My rustic wooden table on the back porch is a favorite place to do arrangements.  Most of the time I use the table with a simple moss runner or just bare, but it’s also fun to make it  more formal by adding a white tablecloth.  I chose two birdhouses that were gifts from a friend to start with. The smaller one was elevated on a wooden pedestal.

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I then started adding layers of  Tea Olive and Elaeagnus  (thanks to my neighbor Maurine’s huge supply!); and Jack Frost  Ligustrum.

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I also added a pot of Lobelia for a burst of color, and recycled three small rustic hydrangea arrangements that had dried beautifully to the setting.

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I continued to add greenery, Winged Elm branches, and Spanish moss that was on the branches a friend gathered for me.

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Small pots of other annuals could also be added for color.

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Another easy, but smaller arrangement, is more versatile.  I started with a ceramic birdhouse and a  wooden decorative tray.  A soaked block of oasis was cut into two pieces and placed on the plastic lined tray.

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Tea Olive and variegated Pittosporum were  inserted into the oasis after positioning the birdhouse.

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Oak Leaf hydrangeas and daylilies that were blooming in my yard were added next.

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I placed the arrangement on a side table on our porch (top), but it would also look nice on a serving bar or Butler’s pantry for a party (below).

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I couldn’t resist using a birdcage for the last tablescape.

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After removing the top, I added a thin layer of soaked floral oasis.  Then I added moss from a friend’s yard.

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 Variegated Pittosporum in small nutmeg McCarty Pottery bowls enlivened the setting.  Also, stems of  white Angelonia (summer snapdragons) were added to the oasis. 

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Mounds of fresh moss were added around the periphery of  a small bistro table to finish the design along with my favorite McCarty Pottery birds, birds’ nests, and eggs.

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This birdhouse tablescape could be used outside or moved inside to a dining table for a buffet display.

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The following photograph was shared by my Mississippi friend, Wilma Sartin, via her daughter-in-law, Shirley.

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“Of all the things that inspire and delight, the best to behold is nature in flight.”                       (Author Unknown)

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