We use bird cages in the garden to keep the dogs from running over certain plants. Plus, they look good!
This huge hosta is not in any danger from the dogs, in fact the dogs might be in danger from the hosta! However, I couldn't resist this huge parrot cage for free. This was taken in early spring, by summer the hosta leaves were reaching out of the cage and a Sweet Autumn clematis was curling over the top. This cage is almost 6 feet tall!!!
Love all your ideas! Here is what it ended up, But which way should the stand be upright or upside down? Well My camera broke but I filled it with silk flowers and Ivy a nice size bird and solar light. I think the stand is better upside down.
Curves (& sweet baby Tyler James): I could like either right side up (RSU) or upside down (USD)...cannot make up my mind. Is that faux ivy? If stand is RSU position, I might try to poke some of the ivy in and out through the holes in the round top. That might make the cage and the stand look more like they were "made for one another". If USD, I might try to add some ivy in the bottom area and poke through holes and make it look like it is growing up one of the stand's legs to tie in w the top ivy...
Or you could do as I suggested on digger's thread (her $2.00 find). Hang it outside, leave the door open, put in some birdseed...and you'll have real birds in it all the time. I'm now looking for a birdcage to do just that.
I have another to do that with . We do have squirrel problems , and will have to poke rain holes in the bottom . It's been in the tree two years so might as well make another feeder . I have a pair of cardinals here , this is the second year for them . I love to watch him feed her .
We made a parrot garden with ours. I added old curtain hooks with lion head for the cage handle and put a little metal parrot inside. Steve cut the parrots on the fence and I painted them with outdoor acrylic and waterproof finish.
Thanks it sure serves it's purpose of hiding the neighbors back yard. We did the 10' fence ourselves and have added as we go. This section of the fence is the backdrop for one of our decks and our "Burning Pickle Patio!"
The flowers are Fritillaria imperialis Rubra Maxima - Crown Imperials.
The fence is made from 10' treated lumber, flat boards. We checked them individually for warping and got the straightest we could. We used 4x4 for the posts.
'Nuther question .What size , 4x6, ? We only spend six mos out of the year here and have 17 months work invested . I have got to hide that mess behind me . We haven't repaired the chain link , and will , first . Then I want to put up a wood fence on the inside of it , about 10" up , off the ground so that I can keep it sprayed for weeds .I think yours looks super nice .
We put in the 4x4 posts and then added cross pieces at the top and bottom. Then we started adding the 10' boards each one individually. We have a very long upholstery clamp that we used to draw each board as tight as possible to the one already hung and that has kept it from the gaps you get with shrinkage. We then took another board and reamed out the center and placed across the top to keep the boards from buckling. Hope that helps. We also added the center railing because the fence is 35' long and we wanted it to be real stable and not likely to blow down in a storm. Then we added the deck.
I've got to cover 100' across the back . Can't tell by the picture , but the board you reamed and put across the top , is it a 2x4 , and did you cap it with that ?I'm wondering if the 10' boards are 1x6 ? We are in an area that we can buy regular 1x6 "cedar and would like to have a taller fence . The stuff you buy at the box stores is way too expensive for the good stuff ,and only 6' tall .The cheaper panels aren't worth the money .
We used a 2x4 treated and beveled the edges and then reamed out the middle for the cap. Yes the 10' boards were 1x6" treated lumber nothing special.
Do NOT leave a space between as the wood will shrink and you will be able to see the neighbor! Clamp it together to make as tight as possible with the treated lumber and when it shrinks, you will only have about 1/8" of space to peek through! Many folks make the mistake of leaving a bit of space. Here in west MD the wood takes on many forms and shrinks and expands. Tight is the best, do not space! You will lose your high heel shoe between the boards if you space! Forget the split or warp on the treated lumber, tighter is best!
I try to dry the decking before putting it down so there are very small gaps . It's always so green that when you drive a screw , the water comes out . We just poured the footing for the steps off the new porch . I wanted plexiglass windows for the dogs to see out and so we could see the yard . Looks nice . I'll try to load pictures in a day or two . Hate this windows 7 , X P was so much better .
I love the birdcage over the plant idea. I have all these wire circle cages I use to keep the bunnies and in some cases the deer out of certain plants in the yard. I use them mostly in Summer when they are particularly hungry. My husband calls my yard the "plant zoo" when I put the cages out. Birdcages would be sooo much more attractive. I could even make the larger cages "look" like bird cages by putting a wire "roof" on them. This might even be a permanent solution to the deer problem. I'll post some pics when I get around to doing this. Thanks for the inspiration.
LOL, I meant having the heel of your hi heels go through the cracks.
We don't know about the boards, we just look for the ones that are the flattest when laid on the floor, we don't want them bowed. We use the clamps to make them as tight as possible to each other as they will shrink a bit and we didn't want gaps between the boards. This fence has been up about 12 years now and you can barely see through it!
I got too feeble to wear heels about 12 years ago . Still have some of the spike , pointed toe ones . Need to find someone to give them to .
I'm pn the lookout for some more cages , They look so nice in the yard and hanging from trees . I let some nice stainless ones get away from me at the annual fund sale for our new fire station . I got appointed to cashier this year and couldn't do any shopping for myself .They broke ground for the station the next day . I've been volunteering the last five years .
I have a nice round bird cage sitting in my garage, have to take it out this spring and see what I can "create". Have a smaller square one that needs cleaning and now it looks I have another project to do. I don't need more projects when I can't seem to start on the ones I've gathered material for, but love the bird cages.
digger9083 wrote:'Nuther question .What size , 4x6, ? We only spend six mos out of the year here and have 17 months work invested . I have got to hide that mess behind me . We haven't repaired the chain link , and will , first . Then I want to put up a wood fence on the inside of it , about 10" up , off the ground so that I can keep it sprayed for weeds .I think yours looks super nice .
Have you thought about getting some latice it is pretty cheap and just using a hole digger to drop in some 2x4's nail the lattice to the posts then plant a vining plant that will not only hide the ugly neighbors yard but also attract some niffty critters to the yard?
Here is a link to some plants to consider. http://www.johnstowngardencentre.ie/climbing-plants/53cat.aspx?bizpageno=1518
Cicca , looked at that site and loved the screening . The brush screen would be so nice but they only ship it inside UK or Ireland . The plants wouldn't work , as I'm not here in the summer and can't keep the vines watered . I can do the wood fencing for about 3.00 a foot so not too bad . That would be a great way to go with the lattice if I was here to care for it .
My whole back yard was grown up in Johnson grass when we got back this fall .I told my son not to mow in the back yard so the grass burrs wouldn't scatter and I could pull them up by the roots before the burrs ripened and fell off .
This site was just to give you some ideas. :)
I'm sure if there is something that you like there is a place in the states that sells it.
What about putting in a automatic sprinkler system? That would keep things watered when you are not there.
IDK, I'm just tossing out ideas, that is a tough one.
Good ideas . Just won't work for here . I'm on a water system that charges a base of 32.00 a month , and anything you use is charged on top of that . Thats 192.00 dollars for the six mos we're gone , whether you use water or not .I have a neighbor that waters some of my fruit trees when he comes in for the weekend . This is one of the evils of having two places to care for , 1,200 miles apart .I could have a well drilled , and that would be just to water with , very expensive when I could just landscape with concrete and be done with it . LOL
To tell you the truth , I'd like to sell the place in Georgia and just have this smaller place in Texas .That isn't going to fly because my D H 's family all live there and my family all live here .
That is a great site and will take more time to look at all the goodies they have. I saw some stuff I want to look at closer .
I can do my whole back fence for under 500.00 and that's a cheap price to pay for a nice backyard .. My place has had sand and dirt hauled in to make the lots higher than all the rest of them in the neighborhood . It puts me about 4 1/2 foot above the mess behind me and the fence line is lower , on the same level as them .That's why I would like a higher fence than normal .When I get that fence in , I can put up bird cages , Paint the fence with Butterflies , Hummingbirds , Tropical stuff and enjoy the privacy .
I did that when I lived in Chandler , Arizona . I liked it because it didn't take a lot of work to keep it nice . Don't know if it would work here . This is on the Texas coast with a lot of tropical plants in the landscape. I love the look of tropical plants and it seems there are a lot of plants lost to a few freezes each year . It actually got down to 26° one year and lost some nice plants . About the time I had them established , it froze . This is an iffy area . I have started putting in some things that don't need a lot of watering and it seems to be working . I have some bird cages that I'd like to bring back next year for the landscape . Might have to get out the roundup to treat the yard and go for gravel walks all around the yard . Some thorn-less cactus would be good . There are only about five or six shrubs that do well and everyone has them . Lantana is native here but some new ones have been on the market for awhile and I love flowering plants . They sure do stink tho .Rubber trees were nice , but the freeze got them and palms do pretty good .I think if I can fence off the junk behind me I'd be happy .Then I can start putting in things that do well here and can enjoy landscaping the back .I'd like a pond with rocks and a fire pit . We also get a lot of copperhead snakes and a rattler once in awhile . A wildlife refuge is only about 1/2 mile away .
Some of our D G'ers have really put in some beautiful gardens ..., but they would be snake havens here . It's a fine line between plants , snakes , drought the last few years and nasty neighbors that don't have a bit of pride in their surroundings .
Sorry to be O T .