In the short time that the pedestal sink bird bath has been completed I've found the flower garden to be sad and pathetic. Well, I have found it to be sad and pathetic for a while, it's only become more amplified by the fact that I love the bird bath
No one likes ratty plants.
The first task was clearing nearly everything out. The only plants (besides the tree, obviously) that would be staying were the lavender. Chris and I were over the birds of paradise and the bacopa was over us. And there was grass everywhere
Say good bye ugly flowers...
...because it's time for you to get ripped out
The birds of paradise actually came out pretty quickly
But after that all the grass and bacopa needed to get taken out. That took a lot longer because the grass we have in the backyard is ridiculous and the roots seem to go on forever. But once it was all out I mixed in some soil amender
Then it was time to plant. I laid things out to get a feel for spacing and arrangement
I got 1 salvia, 3 marigolds, a potato bush (I think that's the name of it) and 2 other plants I can't remember the name of (one sorta looks like a snap dragon and the other has fuzzy deep red "flowers." As you can tell I'm quite the gardener). Once I planted things I started laying out the weed block
We are all aware of my extreme displeasure in "weed block" fabric because it does not actually block weeds, nevertheless I put it down and crossed my fingers that it would do something
Then it was just the finishing touches: putting the bird bath back and following many of your instructions to put some rocks in the sink because birdies like shallow water
Look appetizing? I had to rinse it out a few times till you could actually see through to the rocks
Next I tried to put up a bird feeder, but the one I bought from HD broke in about 3 minutes. Predictable. Stupid made in China crap. Anyone have a good bird feeder suggestion that doesn't break the bank?
The last step was mulch and then putting the rocks back in place. And then I could marvel at its colorful beauty
The best part? The bumblebees are very happy, though I still haven't seen any festivities in the bird bath. Bird feeder suggestions?