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McHubby enjoys keeping busy. I enjoy him being happy. Sometimes his projects allow me to charge up my creative juices and experience some joy of my own. Hopefully, we are working on one of those projects now.

This fall, McHubby has been working to develop an events business for his old employer. Rust Manor House is a beautiful old house that has hosted weddings in the past, but has been primarily an office and education location for the Audubon Naturalist Society. McHubby’s old employer is negotiating with Audubon to reinvigorate the events business.

Lucky me, McHubby asked me to guide him in sprucing up the interiors. I’ll get to try on interior decorating for a client as a potential career direction. I’m looking forward to the work and have lots of plans. Until the legal work is finalized, we are on hold. Although I did decorate for the November Board Meeting with buffet dinner.

Here are a few pictures from the foyer/buffet space:

A nature inspired winter decoration.

A nature inspired winter decoration.

Lighted branches with greenery and white floral accessories.

Lighted branches with greenery and white floral accessories.

A few greenery picks from Michael's up the stair railing.

A few greenery picks from Michael’s up the stair railing.

The bird house centerpiece was created with pine branches and a cherry tree limb that were toppled during Superstorm Sandy. I bought an unfinished birdhouse at Michael’s painting it and adorning it with faux snow, glitter and pine cone pieces. The berry vine and the bird with the nest were from Michael’s. I made the sign hanging from the branch using scrap wood, white paint and black vinyl cut with my Silhouette Cameo.

I hope you like the few touches I added for the festivities. I’ll show more decor when we are able to get up and running.

How are your holidays going so far?





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McHubby sent me pictures of the nest that was in our asparagus fern last year.

bird nest with babies

birds in nest


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Birds and plants help people or be a problem for them. For instance, some plants need birds to eat their fruit and carry their seeds to another location where the bird eliminates them with their other waste. Unfortunately, the places that those birds leave their droppings, such as a car, head or deck aren’t always so nice for us.

I was reminded of this the other day noticing the large robin flying out from under our deck once again. The robins are on nest number two for this summer. I am happy to provide a nice location for them to nest, but I don’t like being yelled at by an irate robin when I’m only trying to use my own personal space.

Last summer, a bird couple of unknown species set up a nest in one of our asparagus ferns. Way cool, so we thought until we needed to water the fern. Imagine trying to water a plant, not drowning a nest and worrying about being dive bombed by a protective parent. Not so relaxing.

We aren’t the only one with birds nesting in container plants or hanging baskets. I thought perhaps I could find some good DIY remedies online. I found some, but I can’t vouch for their effectiveness.

Here is what I found:

Shiny metal objects- My friend swears by chopped up soda cans. I also saw a recommendation to use mirrors to scare the birds off. Aluminum foil balls are also shiny.

shiny scares birds away

Wind catchers, pinwheels, whirligigs- Apparently the movement is threatening. I suppose this could also be a nice decorative touch to you container garden.

movement scares birds away

Spiky things- Ouch! Birds don’t want to be poked while sitting on a nest any more than people would if they did. Remedies in this category include toothpicks, bamboo skewers and plastic forks with the tines up.

Birds won't nest with spikes in container gardens

Netting- Garden netting can be wrapped snuggly around the container. This probably isn’t the most attractive option although it’s effectiveness is probably high. Martha Stewart, in recommending this solution on her website, points out that the netting can be removed later in the spring once migratory birds are no longer nesting.

wrap container in garden netting

Scary predators- Putting a rubber snake in with your plants will keep the birds from nesting since they won’t want their eggs being eaten by a real snake. They aren’t going to check the rubber one out close enough to know that it isn’t real. You might unintentional scare some humans with this one too. Oops!

Rubber snakes to scare birds away

Rubber snake

Noxious smells- Dipping a cotton ball in ammonia and placing it on the soil stinks the birds away. Please make sure that children won’t be able to get into these containers and get the cotton balls.

I hope this gives you some ideas about how to live with nature and have your planters too.


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