Hot summer temps have set in, and the birdbath I moved to the shady part of our front yard a month ago has become quite the popular spot with neighborhood birds, squirrels, and the occasional pack of escaped-from-their-fenced-yard dogs ;-).
The birdbath I’d put in the back yard last month wasn’t being utilized by either the feathered or the furry locals, so I decided to move it to the front yard, to increase the amount of water availability for the critters who are now hanging out in that area. I also “shopped” the porch and other areas of the front yard to find things to help fill out the emptiness in the shady area.
It’s not at all what I had in mind when I started filling in this area last month, but I like it! (And the fact that I spent zero dollars beefing this area up is pretty sweet, too!)
The window box plants have grown like gangbusters, to our unexpected delight. (Unexpected because things we’ve put in this area in the past have not been particularly successful.)
I’ll tell ya, that boxwood basil is some hardy stuff. Everywhere we’ve planted it, it’s thrived. (It’s the plant on the far right in the window box below.)
The blue birdbath in the following photo is the one I moved from the back yard. Since it doesn’t have a well-defined lip on it, I stacked up a bunch of rocks in the middle of the birdbath to give smaller birds somewhere to get footing.
The concrete birdbath had been in our front yard veggie patch. In the veggie patch, the birdbath received full sunlight pretty much all day and trying to fight the algae growth was a losing battle. So I decided to repurpose that birdbath as a plant stand. These two plants had been on our front porch, as had that huge rock. Interesting tidbit: the rock lived here when we bought the house, and we’ve used it in various places in the front and back yards since then. It is EXTREMELY heavy!! I’m fairly strong and I can barely lift it to move it (this time I actually asked for help!).
This plant below also came from the front porch. (It’s my favorite of the various dry-climate plants we bought during last summer’s drought.)
As well as the window box plants out front have done, that’s as poorly as the back yard plants from last month have done! I have no idea what I did that I shouldn’t have, or didn’t do that I should have, but those poor plants are struggling. So I moved them to the front porch.
I’m coming to love this view, whereas a mere month ago (before we put in the first birdbath and filled the window boxes with plants) it was a little depressing looking this direction and seeing a whole lot of nothing!