Rustic Birdhouses And Junk Garden Decorating

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If you follow along on my blog, you know I love rustic, old birdhouses.

Not the cute ones, not the new ones, not the gimmicky ones, just plain old birdhouses that were built for nesting birds (and have weathered the elements).

Read on!



Collecting & Displaying Rustic Birdhouses #junkgarden #gardenjunk #fuchsias #coleus #waxbegonias #birdhouses
I used to hang birdhouses in the trees around my house, but it has NEVER ever worked out.

Our neighborhood has so many squirrels, AND we have bird feeders that attract the squirrels to come to our yard/buffet.

All of my birdhouses in the trees ended up looking something like this.

A super large hole chewed by squirrels.  If they couldn't get in through the hole they chewed their way in somewhere else.

Once my husband was cleaning out last year's nest from a birdhouse and it had baby squirrels in it.

Collecting & Displaying Rustic Birdhouses #junkgarden #gardenjunk #fuchsias #coleus #waxbegonias #birdhouses
So my old rustic birdhouses are displayed on my deck rail.  

It's not that birds wouldn't like to live there.  An occasional bird will hang around and go in and out for a day or so and decide it's just a little too low and too busy on the deck rail to raise a family.

I have a new (old) one added from a neighbor's garage sale last August.

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Last year I hung a dairy stanchion between the railings with an attached toolbox planter.

I planted the rummage sale toolbox planter with two techno-heat lobelias.  It could have been beautiful if the squirrels hadn't dug up the lobelia to bury sunflower seeds.  I didn't it notice in time and the lobelia took a turn for the worse.

This year I chose Bada Bing Pink Wax Begonias for the tool box planter.

Collecting & Displaying Rustic Birdhouses #junkgarden #gardenjunk #fuchsias #coleus #waxbegonias #birdhouses
A garbage pail (on the right) is planted with a promotional fuchsia hanging basket from Menard's.  It cost me $10.88.

The enamelware coffee pot holds a Great Falls Trailing Coleus.

How do my birdhouses stay on the deck rail?  

The same way my pots stay on step ladders.  Nails, bolts or screws.

Since birdhouses are really light, I pound a finishing nail in the deck just partway.  Then drill a tiny hole in the bottom of the bird house to slip over the nail.  

The birdhouses NEVER blow off or fall off!

Collecting & Displaying Rustic Birdhouses #junkgarden #gardenjunk #fuchsias #coleus #waxbegonias #birdhouses

Collecting & Displaying Rustic Birdhouses #junkgarden #gardenjunk #fuchsias #coleus #waxbegonias #birdhouses
The birdhouse with the "Grow" sign was updated from a rummage sale find HERE.

The tall galvanized planter in birdhouse crate at the left is also planted with a fuchsia.

Collecting & Displaying Rustic Birdhouses #junkgarden #gardenjunk #fuchsias #coleus #waxbegonias #birdhouses
More growing, and clean up necessary but the garden, deck and patio are coming together!

Collecting & Displaying Rustic Birdhouses #junkgarden #gardenjunk #fuchsias #coleus #waxbegonias #birdhouses

Past birdhouse deck railing photos:
Collecting & Displaying Rustic Birdhouses #junkgarden #gardenjunk #fuchsias #coleus #waxbegonias #birdhouses
2017

Collecting & Displaying Rustic Birdhouses #junkgarden #gardenjunk #fuchsias #coleus #waxbegonias #birdhouses
2016

Collecting & Displaying Rustic Birdhouses #junkgarden #gardenjunk #fuchsias #coleus #waxbegonias #birdhouses
2015


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3 comments

  1. CArlene, I adore your bird house styling area. Just beautiful. :)
    ~ Christina

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  2. Those darn squirrels! I've had the same problems, except it's burying walnuts. I now put chicken wire in my planters & use landscaping staples to hold it in place. I use tin snips to cut holes in the chicken wire to put the plants in, then cover the chicken wire with mulch. Oh, & love your setup on the deck.

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