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Episode #16.... Building a Birdbath

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by Wild Willy on October 14, 2004 04:43 PM
The further misadventures of Wild Willy, the Hillbilly Gardener
Episode #16... Building a Birdbath

It has been a long, busy summer season, with several new projects started (even a couple jobs that actually got finished) and few garden upgrades...
(The gardens of Cedar Hill are constantly evolving to accommodate new plants, new brainstorms or my mood.)











a normal birdbath
The bird garden is the most visible to me from where I usually sit. There are several feeders, bird attracting plants, perch and nesting areas, and one very ugly birdbath...

building a birdbath
I decided that my birdie buddies deserved a better place to bathe and get a drink of water, so I decided to convert a fountain kit into a birdbath that was more fitting to the garden's style.

upgraded pump added
I upgraded the original (submersible) fountain pump to one the produced a 400GPH water flow and attached a long piece of 3/4 inch rubber hose to it.
I used a yard of sandy topsoil to create the form of the new bath... The high end of the bath is 2 1/2 feet above the "pond". The stream flows through 3 small bathing pools as it recirculates.


I used a 4'x12' sheet of rubberized pond liner to cover the shaped packed topsoil, then added more soil as needed to accommodate the stone work....
pond liner addedmore soil added




rocks and boulders added
I added little rocks in the pools, big rocks around the edges and selected pieces of wood for decoration.

Voila!! All done!
a hillbilly birdbath

Wellllllll... ok... I know its a little plain looking and not really up to my usual standards, but I used up my eight image limit so I couldn't show you what the finished birdbath looks like now.

So sorry!
Willy

by gardenmom32210 on October 14, 2004 05:18 PM
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I know its a little plain looking and not really up to my usual standards
I think its GREAT! It looks really nice [flower] I like the way it flows down different levels [thumb]

Thanks for showing it to us.

Karen [grin]
by Wild Willy on October 14, 2004 05:43 PM
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I think its GREAT! It looks really nice
Please see episode 17! [grin]

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I used up my eight image limit so I couldn't show you what the finished birdbath looks like now
by catlover on October 15, 2004 05:51 PM
Thank you for the progressive steps! [thumb]

The birdbath you call "ugly"....did you make it out of wood? [dunno] I don't know why you called it ugly? I like it....at least from the picture you have shown! I guess taste is in the eye of the beholder.
Catlover [kitty]

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by Nako on November 26, 2004 10:46 PM
omg bill it looks pretty so far ^.^ *buzzes over to the next episode*

~Phoebe

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by Sue Z on March 09, 2005 08:10 PM
OMGAWD!!! I LOVE that ugly birdbath!!! [thumb]

Sue z [flower]
collects angels!!! [angel]
[wayey]

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