Birdhouse Makeover with Violas

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Several years ago, my two older boys and husband made these birdhouses for me at a Mother’s Day class at our local Ace Hardware.  I was so delighted with them—the boys planted their rooftops with succulents.  This week, I decided they needed a bit of a makeover.  As promised in my earlier post this week, I am going to show you some fun ways to use violas and pansies.  They are magical plants here in the Willamette Valley—because they can bloom almost any month in our luscious zone 8.  Pansies and violas are some of our best fall and winter plants, too.

Here is what I did.  Here are the before photos:Birdhouse ViolasBirdhouse ViolasBirdhouse Violas

I bought two 6-packs of violas per birdhouse.  These are ‘Penny Lane’.  6 packs work better for something like this, because the plants are smaller, and these roof tops are very shallow.  I placed 6 on each side of the roof, and then filled with potting soil.Birdhouse ViolasBirdhouse Violas

I actually let them sit a couple of days to let the rain rinse off the dirt from their leaves, and then I added some sphagnum moss to give them almost a Hobbit/Lord of the Rings look.Birdhouse ViolasBirdhouse Violas

These will charm and bloom for several months, surviving even some light snow.  They make me smile, and I hope they make you smile, too.  Enjoy your day, and be creative!Birdhouse ViolasBirdhouse ViolasBirdhouse ViolasBirdhouse Violas

 

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Stephanie Koski

Stephanie is a retired physician, mother to three boys, and an avid gardener with many hobbies and interests. She lives outside of Salem, Oregon, in the mid-Willamette Valley. Stephanie does all of the photography and writing for this website, and all content is original and copyrighted.

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