Birds of a Feather

Birds of a FeatherA gift of these charming papier-mache birds inspired a desire to create a centerpiece with them for a summer dinner.  Some came from the MFA in Boston and some from Paper Trail in Rhinebeck NY.

 BW red houseThese birds were on my mind when I visited Bunny Williams’ garden in Falls Village CT. In a wooded field, she has created a delightful village of birdhouses, ranged around a large circular walking path. All the “village” houses were on wooden posts, high off the ground.

Birdhouse with porchesPorches for the birdsI wonder how the birds feel about these intriguing houses? They seem to be miniature or model houses first, and bird houses second. Here the entry is in the front façade windows, top.

Purple Martin CondoThis stylish condo looks like it might be a home for purple martins, who are the largest members of the swallow family. Sadly for this modern abode, purple martins prefer their housing rather isolated from buildings and tall trees.

Columns and julepsDo goldfinches like Greek Revival Houses? Can you imagine a little golden family on the front porch, twittering away?

Carpenter Gothic BirdhouseA Carpenter Gothic cottage is for rent with its own giant weathervane, so each bird knows which way the wind is blowing.

Birdhouse Village BandstandWhat’s a village without a bandstand?

Outer Banks birdhouse villageIn North Carolina’s Outer Banks, The Bride spotted this in the marches on what might be a disused telephone pole. It’s a village of churches with Quanset hut housing between them!

Book of Gardening Bird HouseOrigins of Gardening birdhouseHands Down – my favorite birdhouse is the one I was so generously given when I finished my term as MGC president…. “The Origins of Gardening”.

 Audubon facadeTrowel for a Landing placeThis charming masterpieces is like the living room that no one uses – just for enjoyment and admiration – no “For Rent” on this one, just sitting on a table on the porch in summer is as outside as it travels. It was beautifully created from a birdhouse, a book, beautiful color pages and a small trowel as the landing place by Wild Wings: “Literary Lodgings” in White Oak PA. Thanks again, MGC!


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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