Changing Things Up...

I've never been one to leave well enough alone...Sometimes I change things around for a reason- Like the birdhouse below. I added the grapevine to the bottom of the birdhouse after seeing the baby birds fall out and plop to the ground the year before. Adding the grapevine gave them a chance to sit and stretch their wings before they flew. It also gave momma (as pictured) a place to just sit and rest...Plus I think it looks really nifty.

Then there are times I added things to my birdhouses for no rhyme or reason but just because I was bored and seem to have ADHD of the brain. The picture below shows a doorknocker woodpecker that my brother Ron bought me while he was on vacation...I thought it looked cute on my birdhouse rather then my door.
I also added the succulents Sempervivums (hens & chicks) to the top of the bird house~I did this years and years ago-They seem to thrive on the roof.

A closer view...
So I thought I would show you all how I added the hens and chicks using a different succulent/sedum~these happened to be on sale.
First: Buy some succulents-I like the hens and chicks the best but am showing a different ground cover (sedum burrito) I'm not sure that it's proper name -I liked it's texture.
Then you get a birdhouse and you hammer nails into the top of it spaced a couple inches apart. I ended up putting 5 nails in each side for a total of 10 nails (as pictured below) Leave the nails sticking out about 1/4 to 1/2 inch.
Take your succulents out of the pony and remove half the dirt off the bottom so you have about a 1/2 inch of dirt left under the succulent-This is easy to do because the roots stay to the top. Stick the plants right on the top of the roof-The nail heads will hold them there. Arrange to the fullness that you want. On the picture below you can still see some dirt but this will grow in. I mist my hens and chicks a couple of times a week~ Have fun!


  1. they look so good i like them chaged up

  2. That is so cute. We have a nest on our frount porch and it has chicks in it. I tried to take a picture so I can post it but it was turning out blury. They are so cute. I love birdies. They are so cute. I posted some pictures on my blog that you can look at. Just keep scrolling down and down and down. I posted them a long time ago. Great post.
    Bye bye. ;)

  3. The cutest things ever. I just love the succulents on the top a whole lot. I will do this. How easy pleasy is that process. That is so my style of look too.

    Thanks for these great tips Robin. I can see more of your talents every day. You are so very great at all you do it seems.

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Robin your bird houses are lovely! I love how you have succulents growing on them.

    Stop on over to my blog I gave you an award if you don't already have it!


  5. I LOVE this idea! You need to get your book out, Robin! With all of your creativity and great ideas you could change the world! Thanks for sharing! I will be out buying some more birdhouses this week...:-) Lori

  6. Robin... I think that birdhouse is the cutest thing. I love hen and chicks.. They are so easy to grow down here. I would have never thought to put them on top of a birdhouse... I will have to pass this idea to my Mom... She loves hen and chicks too! thanks and keep us posted on baby!

  7. Thanks for the ideas! I have a few bird houses that are going to get out the attic when I get home! One is a Java Hut and I never liked it, but I can see now that I can redo it to whatever I like! You are too cool.

  8. Thanks for the ideas! I have a few bird houses that are going to get out the attic when I get home! One is a Java Hut and I never liked it, but I can see now that I can redo it to whatever I like! You are too cool.

  9. I love the birdhouses! Thanks for sharing how to do the succulents on top! I love the grapevine at the bottom to keep the babies in and gove the momma a place to sit--genius! I ahould have my recipe on my blog by tonight at the latest!!

  10. Holy Crap-A-Moly!
    that is AWESOME!!!

    i love it!!!!!

  11. love the birdhouses...do you mind if I link your blog in my post about succulents? I am so glad I found your blog...outstanding!

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