Thursday, September 9, 2010

Beware of Attack Frogs!

A froggy Area!
I visited my brother in law's garden the other day, and set up a couple of surprises for him.  My sister doesn't garden or do yard work - she says it is Vern's hobby.   I finally got the leaf bird baths completed, and gave Vern a big rhubarb one and smaller hosta leaf.  I made these a little different than the pattern called for, and left more cement around the edges, making a bigger rounder bowl for the bird bath.  I think I like it better that way.
I placed the big one here in with the kitty and lady bugs in with the "Snow on the Mountain".  After I got done, I started to get itchy - forgot that I break out from those plants.  It didn't take long either.  You can't see it in the first picture, but the base is a 4" pvc pipe that fit into the bottom of the bird bath, and then just pushed into the ground.  Vern did pack a little more dirt around it to make it more firm.  It doesn't have water in it yet, but almost looks like it.  I used a shiny polyetherine to seal the whole thing.
You can see the base from this angle.  When the cement was wet, I pressed the pvc pipe into it so it could make an indentation so I could use it for a pedestal.  Pretty slick!  I was going to paint it, but the plants hide it pretty good.  Vern was worried that this bigger one will fall and break - no problem - they're easy to make.  I plan on making some more next summer.

I laid the small one on the ground - it looks like this flamingo is drinking out of it!  I should have taken more pictures of all of Vern's flowers.  Will do that next summer when they're really in bloom.  He has given me a lot of starter plants throughout the years.  You'll see that they even have some cherry tomatoes planted behind the flamingo by the fence.  They were really good.

It's fun to sit here and relax on hot days after they get home from work.  Our days need to warm up again so we can go visit and sit outside. 



6 comments:

Growing Up A Country Girl said...

They turned out very cute! -- I'm sure Vern loves them...

shannon i olson said...

Love them!! nice job

misslynda said...

I love their outdoor sitting area -- - and of course your leaves! Sounds like a nice day.

Anonymous said...

YES I do love-them THANKS JO and now they do have water-vern

Farmchick said...

Love your birdbaths...too cute! Happy Sunday. Come say hi! :)

Nezzy said...

I just had to pop in and meet your attack frogs. I love all the whimsy in your brothers garden and the birdbaths are just fabulous girl.

Ya'll have a wonderfully blessed day and take some time out on that beautiful patio!!!