During this summer while it was so hot and dry, I had an itch to do something, but was afraid that anything I might try to plant would be doomed. I had been eyeing my birdbath for a very long time, considering turning it into a planter.
It was a gift for my first Mother’s Day in our current home, so about ten years ago. I got to pick it out and have had fun planting around it. Over the years I’ve rarely seen a bird take a bath in it, and it doesn’t seem to hold water very well anyway. In the winter, the freezing water was damaging the base of the top decorative piece. I started to envision it holding cascading flowers, and the height that it would add to my garden.
One day I decided to go for it.
I started out by putting some rocks along the bottom for drainage. Then I found some potting soil that I already had and poured that into the birdbath. I had little succulents around the yard in different containers, so I got some of those to get started in it. They’re ones that have come back from winter, so I thought they’d be there perpetually to anchor the soil, and I could just add some new annuals seasonally.
I went to Lowe’s and scoured the clearance rack for something that would work. I found a hanging basket of verbena that was originally about $20, marked down to $3, and I thought I could coax some more flowers out of it. I then found three little containers of Creeping Jenny marked down to .30 each. I love chartreuse and the way it contrasts with my favorite cool colors of pinks, and purples, so I bought those, too.
I spent a total of about $5 to put my new planter together. I wasn’t sure how it would do, starting out in July, so I didn’t want to invest too much. Since I enjoy watering, and with it being right in the front yard, I was pretty sure that I wouldn’t forget about it.
The plants started to fill in nicely and the verbena revived and bloomed beautifully.
The birdbath planter really lifted my sagging spirits, and turned out to be a perfect summer project!