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Turning a Broken Bird Bath into a Planter

By Tidy Brown Wren, bringing order to your nest on Apr 26, 2012
When we moved into our home 6 years ago, there was a sad looking concrete birdbath smack-dab in the middle of the yard.  It had a funny little squirrel "climbing" up the base.  The top was cracked and would not hold water.  I moved it into a flower garden we made, but it still looked bad.
 
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I tried to patch it by spreading a concrete patching compound over the bowl but it failed miserably.  I was left with a mess, but hated to get rid of the funky little birdbath

 


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After pondering for a bit, I decided to make a planter out of it.  After all, it did have good drainage - in fact, it didn't hold water at all!  I planted 2 types of sedum, 1 type of rockfoil (red flowers), and 1 type of lithodora (blue flowers).  All of the plants like full sun, little water and are perennials.  I also tried to get a combination of spring and summer bloomers so that there would be seasonal interest all during the growing season.

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It's nice to see the funky little birdbath functioning again - even if it's not hydrating our birds. 

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