Monday, June 25, 2012

Backyard Bling #4 - Luxury Tweet

I've always loved the look of a dovecote birdhouse perched above a long sweeping border of perennials.

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   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 :-)



  1. Well, I am going to have to check out the site where you purchased this beautiful house. I too always love the look of these dovecote houses in a sea of perennials. It looks fabulous in your garden! I am sure the birds will find it soon and you will have lots of photo ops!

  2. You've inspired me to get busy and build one of these! or at least add it to my 'to do' list. I have a woodshop with all sorts of major tools and specialty items and I never seem to find the time to use them... life's way too short! Larry

  3. yes the birds are tweeting in luxury, i love that phrase and might borrow it in the future! And i also love the color of that caladium in the last photo.

  4. I've always wanted a dovecote. What a beauty! It's so well priced, too. I've seen these as expensive as $1,000. Absurd!

  5. You have the most beautiful yard/garden. Hard to believe it resides in Tx where it gets so hot. Beautiful!

  6. I love it! The old one was pretty, too.
    I'd love one of those. But, here in Central Texas, we'd have to hire a jackhammer to dig the hole.

    Your garden is lovely.