I got this today and thought it might look nice on a good stand, we have lot's of wind..
Birdcage Ideas? Send pics please? Thanks
Curve: I love the bird cage and the baby looks real!!
iFan: I love the bird cage and the birds look real!!
Cville: Birdcages and plants are so nice together, love it.
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.
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I liked upside down too. The other birdcages are wonderful. Y'all will have me hunting for birdcages now. Like I need another project??? Oh, well, that's life. Thanks for sharing them all.
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....
I love all your ideas. I too like it USD and J2222 has a great idea of planting in the bottom or is that the top LOL.. I'll be on the look out for cages now. Great job :>)
Yes doing some more ivy would look nice coming up from the bottom, thanks. I am starting a new thread on bottles from cracker barrel.
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 .
I hope I can get a wood fence up this year . The neighbor behind me is so nasty , the county is on his backside . I'd love to have a bird garden on that fence .
Haighr, your parrot garden is fun. What are the tall yellow and orange flowers?
We do everything ourselves too . Did you use metal pipe for posts and where did you get 10' boards ? Cedar ? deck boards ?
I had more to ask but my computer shut me down . Burns me up .
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.
Thanks, haighr. I checked PlantFiles and was disappointed to find they're not recommended for my zone. Too bad...I have the perfect spot for them.
'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 .
You should leave at least a 1/8" space between the boards because wood swells when it's wet & with change in temperature change & could warp or split the board.
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.