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Any ideas how I can use this old birdbath in the garden?

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

It's been disintegrating for years now but I still love the look of it. I've tried turning it upside down but then some of the beauty of the base is lost.

Height on high side: 20
Height on low side: 17
Width of top: 15 (must have been 18" originally)

It's about 30 years old. I bought it for a former garden in a former home but couldn't leave it behind. The disintegration hasn't stopped entirely but has slowed down considerably since the thinnest portion of the top fell off in chunks years ago.

It is very heavy!

Any thoughts or ideas on how to use it in the garden would be appreciated.

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Englewood, FL

With a little " clever" cement work you could turn this into a planter or plant stand,or a pedestal to hold a statue, sundial or what ever turns your fancy. It's too beautiful to let it rot away.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Guess I'm just not that clever. I did balance a piece from a cut tree, part of the trunk, but it looked ridiculous. The beautiful large, round piece of marble I tried on top looked so out of place.

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

If it has deteriorated enough to have drainage, I would fill it with Hen & Chicks.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Thanks for a good idea but it has no drainage at all.

Union Grove, WI(Zone 5b)

You could take a sledge hammer to it and use the chunks to make a pathway :-) But if I had it I'd probably just tuck it back in some corner amongst some taller plants or small bushes so that the 'good side' peaked out. Or maybe plant some 'viney' (is that a word?) ground cover around it that would some day creep up the sides.

Virginia Beach, VA

I had a 4 tier fountain and the bottom tier got cracks and the paint was peeling so DH hammered it to pieces and scattered it in one of the beds. I used some in some of my bonsais.

Cementing it might give you few months.

Belle

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

I really like your idea, Chrissy, and think that's exactly what I'll do. I have plenty of places to tuck it in among shrubs so only the good side shows. Thank you so much. I'll skip anything viney (it's a word to me!) since I want the base to show. It's very pretty.

Thanks, Belle, but like all gardeners, I have plenty to do without hammering it to pieces. I'd have cried doing that!

Paxton, FL(Zone 8a)

I would do what Chrissy suggested, just turn the bad side toward some taller plants, maybe some medium size plants to the sides(not too big though). It is a gorgeous piece.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Thanks, gingerlily. I will do it this week. I need a cool morning because it's very heavy and I'd pass out trying to do it in the heat. I just might weigh it for fun.

Batesburg, SC(Zone 8a)

My place here had an old piece of a birdbath...with 3 seahorses as the bas. The bowl was long gone, but the base I set up by a spigot, to hopefully train some vine on. At least we won't mow over the spigot now, that was at ground level.

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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Great idea. Not hitting the spigot is terrific.

You could also use a plant that spills out of the top piece if it has drainage or if a hole (or three or four) could be drilled.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Chrissy and Gingerlily,

Thanks so much for a great idea. It all worked out so well.

I just couldn't wait and got it done before dinner.

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(Pegi) Norwalk, CA(Zone 10b)

Perfect setting for that old bird bath, love it.

Long Beach, CA(Zone 10a)

Well Well ! Now THAT got solved easily enough, didn't it ?
I was going to suggest a nice big pot of Houttuynia set in the center and spilling down over the edges...but rumor has it that you're not too fond of the stuff. grin

Union Grove, WI(Zone 5b)

The birdbath looks perfect there, can't even tell that led long life and has been thru some rough times, great job!

Virginia Beach, VA

I like it too!!!
Good job!!!
Belle

Salem Cnty, NJ(Zone 7b)

Woot, woot!! Looks great

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Thanks, Samigal. I love the setting, too.

Chrissy - you made it possible so my thanks to you.

Thanks, Belle and Jan. I love it there.

Now for you, JD! You are such a tease!

Yes, it was a quick solution thanks to Chrissy and Gingerlily. I kept thinking of putting something on top of it, not just moving it. Odd that you mention Houttuynia, a little known plant except for this property! Perhaps a bowl of plastic Houttuynia would work.

When I used the dolly to move the birdbath it went more smoothly than if I had tried to lug it 50 feet. I got it to the spot and moved it a few times before it looked okay but then wanted it farther into the shrub but couldn't quite do it. There was a clump of Houttuynia under it! NO grins about it.

For the sake of sanity, if anyone who reads this post gets tempted to buy Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon', probably the most beautiful weed I've ever seen, just don't do it. Here it's horribly invasive and JD was a huge help to me in eradicating it but it took 8 and 12 hour days (for many months) of digging a foot deep, scraping the bottom of big old pine roots, working with my head underground and assuming odd positions.

Here's the Plant Files page on it: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/2164/

I especially enjoyed the comment by Jim -

On May 11, 2012, jimtomczak from Mobile, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

I was given this plant at a nursery as a freeby with the other plants for my yard. I told a very wise woman named Pirl,(N.Y.) I was puttin it in one of my flower beds. She did not let me go until I told her It was on its way to a landfill. Not the first time she has saved this novice. Hope it isn't the last. She sent pic's of complete beds she dug up and was still praying that It wouldn't pop up again. I lit a candle at St. Judes for her. JIMT. Mobile Al.

Thanks, everyone, for the help and JD for his humor.

Here's a photo that show the evil plant at the lower left corner. I told you it's beautiful!

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(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Oh my... that is a BEAUTIFUL sneaky little plant!!

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

I'm not 100% sure but I think using the undiluted concentrate of Brush B Gon has killed it. I'll check again tomorrow.

It is beautiful, Pat, but spreads far and wide underground and causes misery. I had to dig up hundreds of daylilies just to clear both fields to put down the black plastic.

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Yes, I've had my share of invasive beauties so I'm grateful you shared your knowledge and hopefully I can avoid this lesson. "Learn from other people's mistakes; you won't live long enough to make them all yourself!"

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

You're right. No doubt about it. Sadly, it's sold with only a general type warning, in tiny print, "may be aggressive".

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

It ought to read "CAUTION, will take over the WORLD, beginning in YOUR back yard!! " LOL

BROOKFIELD, Australia

Quote from pirl :
Chrissy and Gingerlily,

Thanks so much for a great idea. It all worked out so well.

I just couldn't wait and got it done before dinner.


That looks like it should be there! Perfect! I didn't like the idea of smashing it either, and I do that a lot with mosaics. Love your hydrangea's too. They must have looked superb in colour! I was also going to suggest on the areas that are deteriorating, to perhaps mix some cement and touch up the areas and when dry, spray on some sealer to give it protection. It was a beautiful piece - treasure!

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Thanks, Biddy. That hydrangea is gorgeous but the heat this summer was too much for many of mine, even those in shade. When I look out the kitchen window and see it there I think of my DG friends. That makes it twice as nice.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

A big thank you to all who posted and helped me with the old birdbath. I spend many winter hours going through old photos and my computer guy transferred 36,988 photos from the old computer to this new laptop, so I have many more hours to go before I'm done.

I really was fortunate to find this old picture when I put a few plants on the old birdbath in its former location and think I'll look for plants that match the hydrangea this year. It has been such a pleasure to look out of the kitchen window and see the birdbath in the right spot, thanks to Chrissy and Gingerlily.

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DeLand, FL(Zone 9b)

Hey Arlene,

I think its beautiful like it is. If it were mine I would love it for the history its had,...most likely go into my paints and blend up a shade of green similar to the mossy natural looking green it has, and brush it heavily into the chipped areas so it looks equally aged, and then brush it all over the whole thing to unify colors and of course do the faux finish wipe it all off before it dries thing. Antique it as is! A great piece it is. I can see a pretty little pot of Violas sitting in it for Spring....... Its a treasure never worthy of the trash!

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Never did I ever consider trashing it, David. It's just too pretty in my eyes, to do that.

I will put a low pot (so nobody sees the pot) of something on it but not big enough to obscure it.

DeLand, FL(Zone 9b)

I never even was imagining You would even consider trashing it! I was was agreeing with you it was a treasure...

I have already said how beautiful I thought it was. You did ask for ideas....right?

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Yes, I did. Now that it has the perfect spot, thanks to Chrissy and Gingerlily, I was just showing them how I had used it in a different area but I like their thoughts so much that it will stay put forever exactly where they suggested.

Thanks, David.

DeLand, FL(Zone 9b)

I have since looked at all the amazing photos you have posted and am in awe of your daylily, and on and on plant collection. your gardens are amazing!

I just always think in paint terms a lot because I paint a lot,... I even painted my house like T2T!; to look country cottage even though its a block ranch. You can see a little of the house paint in the new Cottage Garden forum pics I posted this morning if you like.

I should have looked at your beautiful garden pics and answered location instead of paint concepts! Ha!

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

David, would you link your post to here? I'd love to look at it.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Ditto to please posting a link.

Thank you for all the compliments!

DeLand, FL(Zone 9b)

I don't know how to link forums to forums on DG Arlene and Pat. In my newness to DG, I thought one just had to go to forums and click on the forum to see it?





(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Here it is: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1294499/

DeLand, FL(Zone 9b)

Thanks Arlene. I'll learn more in time...

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

We all learn step by step, David.

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

It's really easy, do you know how to cut and paste? You just go to the thread, highlight and copy the thread at the address line. Go back to the thread where you want to leave that address for a link. Edit, or create a new post. right click and paste. Viola.. link. if you need a more detailed instructions, let me know.

When I asked you to link your post, I was not aware how easy it was going to be to FIND your post!! Sometimes it can be difficult.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Pat - I just clicked on David's name and went to "threads David has started" and selected the one on Cottage Gardening.

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