Thursday, March 31, 2011

My Neighbors Share the Joys of Being a Birdhouse Owner

Walking up the street in my neighborhood, I noticed that so many of my neighbors were enjoying their yards, patios, and gardens. "Must be spring," I thought with a smile. Then I noticed how quiet it was, only the sound of chirping in the air. It was peaceful, serene even. I immediately felt harmonious with nature. Being the nosey Nancy I am, I had to wonder into a neighbors garden to ask her why her house seemed so much closer to nature than mine. She pointed to her new birdhouse by the fountain, telling me her son gave it to her for Valentine's Day. Aha, now I see.

As I ventured back to my house I noticed lovely decorative birdhouses and hummingbird feeders along the lines of trees that separate homes, as well as some hanging from hooks near flower beds and in ground ponds. No wonder they have all the birds flocking to their houses, they are like a Bed and Breakfast for feather wearers! "I've got to get in on this," I said to myself. As soon as I got back home I went online and started shopping for birdhouses that would fit my budget and work well with my garden space. It didn't take long before I stumbled upon Yard Envy's site and found an enormous selection of birdhouses, both decorative and traditional that I loved.

Classic Chapel Bird HouseClassic Chapel Birdhouse

I am proud to say that this beauty is now in my front yard, calling out to flyers by! It's been amazing at the number of birds that have visited and sought out shelter from the rain in this cozy chapel of mine. It makes me want to grab a couple more, you know, in case of 40 day storm or something!

I did stumble onto a page of glass hummingbird feeders while I was deciding (for hours) between my chapel birdhouse and an adorable yellow cottage I found. The hummingbird feeders not only caught my eye, but had my boyfriend's interest as well. He said "hey, wouldn't that look good on the patio?" You've got to love a man who unknowingly gives you permission to shop. So I found two glass hummingbird feeders, so I wouldn't have to beat myself up in decision making again, and in a couple of days there was one on my patio and one in my walkway garden. Know I've got birds of all shapes and sizes flocking around and chirping on my side of the cul de sac! Finally, peace and nature come to me, and I gave my guest something to comment on when they visit.

Glass Hummingbird Feeder StakesGlass Hummingbird Feeder Stakes

Bouquet Lunch Pail Glass Hummingbird FeederBouquet Lunch Pail Glass Hummingbird Feeder

Friday, March 25, 2011

Bird House Giveaway at Yard Envy

Spring is here - at least here in Georgia - and to celebrate the beginning of the season, Yard Envy has announced a bird house giveaway. The giveaway is actually a contest, but the winner is a bird house. Yard Envy is seeking to find the Most Popular Bird House of 2011. Among the six best selling bird houses competing for the title are the Clubhouse Birdhouse, the Copper Songbird, Cape Cod Cottage, Hobbitt House, Country Church and Victorian Manor.

Yard Envy felt it was fitting to tie the giveaway in with the 2011 Masters, since one of the houses that is eligible for the giveaway is the Clubhouse - an architectural replica of the Southern plantation style clubhouse at the Augusta National Golf Club.

How will the giveaway work? Simply visit Yard Envy and vote whichever of the six best selling bird houses you most want to win. The bird house contest ends the day of the 2011 masters, and whichever bird house received the most votes is the winning bird house, and will be sent to one of the lucky voters.

Be sure to sign up to receive notice on weekly specials posted on the Yard Envy company page on Facebook as well. Each week a new weekly special will be announced, so don't miss out!

Don't forget to cast your vote and sign up for a chance to receive a free bird house from Yard Envy. Here is a brief look at a few of the best selling bird houses you will be voting for:

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Decorative Birdhouses Inspired by American Treasures

Decorative birdhouses have many different designs, including historical monuments that bring a piece of American history into gardens. From golf course clubhouses to the memorial garden's of past presidents, birdhouses are being made to replicate some of our most lovely buildings.

Masters Clubhouse in Augusta
Masters Clubhouse in Augusta

The clubhouse birdhouse below is a perfect example. An exact look alike to the Masters clubhouse in Augusta (above), this birdhouse is a top seller. Not only because it is the most famous clubhouse in America, but because it's also a fast seller among families of golfers.

Clubhouse Birdhouse
Clubhouse Birdhouse

Made to withstand the elements, decorative birdhouses are not only lovely in the garden, but also durable so that birds can come back and enjoy the safety of shelter for years to come. Shingled roofs and sturdy plastic siding give these birdhouses all they need to be easily maintained. Knowing that our sweet little chirping friends are safe from storms and other predators also gives us a piece of mind. Designed with small holes for entry and exit, decorative birdhouses give birds safety from nasty rain storms, pets, and other pesky predators.

Listening to the birds sing as they are out tending the garden can be a stress reliever to many. The eye pleasing sight of the decorative birdhouse, with a wrap around porch and a shingled roof, is also enjoyable as guest stop by. Keeping the garden pleasurable with both design and nature, decorative birdhouses are truly the way to go.

Below are some more of the most unique replicas of this countries historical treasures. Bringing these monuments home adds a unique and proud appearance to any garden.

Round House Lighthouse

Round Island Lighthouse BirdhouseRound Island Lighthouse Birdhouse

Starbarn in PennsylvaniaStarbarn in Pennsylvania

Starbarn BirdhouseStarbarn Birdhouse