Garden mish-mash…

Garden mish-mash…

These are a few of my newest little knick knacks in the garden.  No baby birds live here, but I do have a little red Cypress Vine that’s climbed up the fence and is trying to find a room!  

(Actually, I think I might want to plug the hole rather than inviting birds to live IN my vegetable garden — what do you think?!)
On that note, I thought this ceramic Mr. Cardinal was a clever way to keep some less-than-friendly friends out of my garden and make me smile at the same time.

His real-life cousin lives on the other side of our yard in the woods, where he frequents the many feeders my DH fills.  He also occasionally pecks at my windows in a very unfriendly fashion, for which I manage to forgive him since I have been wholly unsuccessful at detering him!

Well, this little cuke was green and healthy a week ago when I ripped out the rest of the cucumber vine.  I left a few vines since this seemed to be ok.
Clearly it isn’t ok!  Don’t know what it has, but it is an unhappy plant, that’s for sure!
But take a look at her neighbor.  This is my Malabar Spinach, and it is taking over.  And it’s not just taking over my garden, I think it has designs on our whole neighborhood and maybe even Austin!
Whatever got the cuke sure didn’t get this girl.  She’s gonna find herself a window and come in the house pretty soon!
Hmmm… I guess if my posts start to sound strange soon, you’d better check to see if she’s a body snatcher that’s taken me over because of my gardening weaknesses!

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  1. dinzie August 29, 2008 at 3:46 am - Reply

    I’m enjoying reading your blog … Have already picked up on two plants i’ve not heard of before AND found they can be grown in New Zealand … Though that malabar spinach does look a little invasive :O)

  2. Anonymous August 29, 2008 at 6:58 am - Reply

    If you would close the blinds to the window where the bird is pecking, it will not see its reflection in the window and think it is another bird that is horning in on its territory. That will take care of that problem.

  3. Diana August 29, 2008 at 7:18 am - Reply

    Anonymous – I know, but I have upper windows with no coverings that they find and my house has two sets of double glass doors to the front and then out the back that aren’t covered at all! It’s gotten better and I just talk to him!

  4. Kylee August 29, 2008 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    That spinach is fabulous! I have to find some of that for next year. My spinach crop this spring was a bust and we love it so much.

    That is an adorable mosaic birdhouse!

  5. Diana August 30, 2008 at 6:28 am - Reply

    Dinzie – yes, you should try the spinach. Seems it loves this heat we’re having. Just make sure you give it lots of room!!!

    Kylee – Oh – you could come pick some of MY spinach. What in the world will I do with it all? I think I will try to harvest most of it today and cook and freeze some…I’ve already shared a lot with friends, too!

  6. TopVeg August 31, 2008 at 12:40 am - Reply

    we had a bird’s nest in our broccoli this year – with five chicks!

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