How to make a birdhouse and decorate with seed catalogs

Botanical Interests Seeds has the most beautiful catalog. Not only do I grow their seeds, I recycle their catalogs. Sitting on my repurposed twin headboard bench, sits the aqua birdhouse embellished with little hearts.

Up there on Flowergardengirl’s porch and just to the left of the front door, sits a little birdhouse made by Anna. With the help of her son, Chris, they hammered, sawed, painted, glued and laughed like crazy to create this cute little chick house.

Sitting on a plant bench made by my husband— is the cutest little tin roofed bird house made from the leftover wood of her little shed, Copper Top Cottage. The twin headboard is one from our early married years. I’m glad I saved it.

The hearts are cutouts from the Botanical Interests Seed catalogs and the scrolls and such are wallpaper stencils leftover from another home project. I applied the hearts with Modge Podge. The stencils are rub-ons.

Painted hearts and such are glass paint.

The aqua paint was leftover from my Copper Top Cottage project. The whole birdhouse was varnished when done.

The Botanical Interests seed catalog offers the perfect sized art for these smaller projects. They are so colorful.

Don’t forget to add a door for clean out.

To add a really worn look, I slightly sanded the hearts after they were applied with Modge Podge.

That’s a two inch opening cause this is for display. I suppose a bluebird would like the home but the opening is too big for smaller birds. Check online for the right size opening if this is specific for certain species.

Some of the flowers at my front door this year are a gift from Ball Horticulture. They are doing very well. The marigold is called ‘Bonanza Deep Orange’. Just to the left is Petunia Shock Wave ‘Coral Crush’. I love that ‘Coral Crush’ immensely. The petunia down and to the left is one I purchased but also a Wave–‘Neon Rose’.

I’m pretty sure the coreopsis is: ‘Redshift’ from this article I did some time ago. It will turn a more burgundy as shown in the article. This is a good photo to show you how the ‘Neon Rose’ and ‘Coral Crush’ differ in color. Hopefully you can see the coral color coming through.

The hydrangeas on the left of my porch are just about to bust wide open. Thanks for visiting NC today. It was nice having you at my home. I’m in zone 7a.

Below, are my back gardens last year when I grew ‘Summer Solstice’ by Botanical Interests–love their catalog and their seeds.

Fine Wine weigela, Snow Storm spirea, Oso Easy Paprika, and Gertrude in unison

This is the spring shout out by ‘Fine Wine’ weigela, ‘Snow Storm’ spirea, Oso Easy™ ‘Paprika’, and ‘Gertrude Jekyll’. I can’t believe my good fortune to have them all blooming at once. ‘Paprika’ is more manageable of the Oso Easy™ roses. I’ve had them all and they were aggressive growers taking over huge areas of the bed. I ended up giving them to a landscaping company and only kept ‘Paprika’. I love it….looks like orange sherbert with lemon drop centers. Look delicious.

 Oso Easy ‘Paprika’ is practically pest resistant. I use Safer™ 3 in 1 to help control mildew and aphids. This time of year in my zone 7a high humidity gardens the aphids run rampant and will attack the new growth. Safer™ takes care of pest and mildew as will Hot Pepper Wax and both do it organically.

I love the dark green leaves with the orange flowers. Hard to find a pretty orange and this is a grand one. This is spring 2011 with Flowergardengirl.

Just behind the Oso Easy™ ‘Paprika’ is another ornamental shrub by Proven Winners Plants and I had to move this ‘Snow Storm’ spirea 4 times before finding a spot it liked. Each time I moved it—it took a season before it recovered. This is its prettiest season yet. It is in a semi dry spot, with about 4 hours of direct sun a day. It blooms profusely for about 2 months. It didn’t like our hot drought summer of 2009 and was in a location too dry and too many hours of sun–the leaves burned up. Then it was in a spot too wet in the summer of 2008. Now it’s happy. Continue reading

Flowergardengirl's Craftsman home Summer 2010

Looking back in the garden for 3 summers

The first day of Summer 2010 found me out in the garden and it was 94 degrees. One of the reasons we garden bloggers like to blog is to document our gardens.

Above is the Spring and Autumn of 2008.

Summer 2008 was the year of the Supertunia Vista Silverberry. Some people prefer my gardens this year because of the simplicity. It was very clean and neat looking–but then in 2009…I went nuts …..

In 2009, it was all about the vinca and annual salvia…but this year I have more perennials like Bee Balm seems to be everywhere. I learned quite a bit over the past two years. I’ve learned what flowers work and others that aren’t worth the trouble. This year’s look is similar to last except it has more a true cottage feel.

I blog so I can see progress and changes. I’m so pleased it has matured to this cottage look. Feels like home.

Butterfly DAisy2

Arts and Crafts Sweet Flag arrangement

Having a craftsman style home, this arrangement really appealed to me. My siding color is called cypress and is similar to this home. I do have the square beams too. Proven Winners did a nice job on this arrangement using one of my favorite plants ever.

One of the plants that goes in my garden every year is  Butterfly Argyranthemum (Marguerite Daisy) because no matter where it goes–container or beds–it blooms like this non stop. You don’t have to remove spent blooms but I do. I don’t think it has ever had a disease or pest in my gardens. I’ve been growing it for at least 6 years seasonally.


Spectacular bright lemon-yellow daisies all season; heat tolerant; excellent garden performance
• Best Seller
• Deadheading Not Necessary
• Fall Interest
• Landscape (Professional)
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Ornamental Characteristics

Flower Color:
Foliage Color:
Garden Height:
18 – 36″; Tall
12 – 14″
Container Plant Style:
Thriller – Used either in the back or middle of a container. Usually a taller item that adds height and drama to the container.
All photos courtesy of Proven Winners Plants