Several years ago on a trip to Wisconsin to see my family, I purchased this decorative "dovecote style" birdhouse for about $20. And if you've ever priced an English dovecote, then you know that that was such a screamin' deal that I could not pass it up.
I placed it among the perennials in a long sweeping bed in my backyard.
Good to go, right?
This birdhouse has served me well, giving me photo ops even in the dead of winter.
Well, you get what you pay for,
and let's just say this birdhouse has seen better days.
It lasted about five years, so I would say I got my money's worth out of it.
Since my garden was on tour this spring, I decided a renovation -- make that demolition -- was in order. Every time the wind blew, I knew this poor little birdhouse was just one step closer to being a pile of rubble on the ground.
So to the internet I went in search of a new birdhouse. I may have been swooning over the English dovecotes, but the price was just as dizzying! I kept looking and finally came across Hatterashouse.com. I found just what I was looking for, placed my order, and within just a few weeks, I received this lovely copper-topped birdhouse!
This picture was taken in April when the 'Little Henry' Sweetspire was in full bloom.
As a side note, the Red Admiral butterflies just loved the Sweetspire this spring.
This birdhouse is not all bling. It is move-in ready! I sure hope the birds like their new home as much as the butterflies loved the blooms below.
Now the birds can tweet in luxury :-)