Friday, March 20, 2009


It seems like I've been talking about this bird cage garden forever! I finally got it planted today and I love it.

It looks so cheerful outside in the back garden.

Our weather has finally gotten to where we have spring like days now so, I figured it was safe to plant without risking the poor flowers getting blown to bits or rain pouring down on them.

Once they settle in a bit they will be fine.

I lined the whole bottom of the cage with moss first. Then I put good potting soil in and planted the plants. I topped it all off with another layer to moss to help keep the moisture and to give it a finished look.
I was lucky because this cage has 3 doors and it made reaching to the back and sides very easy.

I have 7 different kinds of plants in there. Some just for greenery and some for the flowers.

I think I'm going to have to keep my eye out for more cages now. I can see putting these all over the garden. Even one at the front door to greet company. Wouldn't these make wonderful gifts too!

Smaller cages could be hung from the tree, put on a patio or even kept inside by a window.
I can even see them planted and changed for each season. Wouldn't they be pretty with Poinsettias for Christmas time or fall flowers and pumpkins for Fall.

I have a cherub to put inside but I wanted to wait until the plants take root and settle in first. Then I'll find the perfect spot to add the little figure.

Signs are also cute put inside or hung on the outside. Oh there are so many things that you can do with these. I hope you will plant your own Bird Cage Garden and share it with us when you do.


Glenda said...

Hey that turned out great !

I saw a cage in a window yesterday, and the lady at the shop said it's not available till April 1st. what's up with that I may forget my then.


Unknown said...

It looks beautiful, Joanne. I wanted to let you know I officially lost 14 lbs now. I was at the Dr. yesterday. I still need to get back on track. Little hunger pangs are getting me lately.
Hugs, Susan

Michelle said...

Oh my gosh, too adorable! I'm doing one for one of my decks for sure!! What a great idea, Joanne! Now if I can just keep the plants alive inside. LOL

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic idea. I may have to "steal" it..................

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Beautiful Joanne! I LOVE it! And what about a few small scattered with votive lights for the evening?? What ambiance that would create!
Happy spring! I'm so glad there's hope for spring here in the north!

Hugs, Sherry

Catherine said...

Now that is beautiful! I need to get a bird cage. Just lovely!

Debbie said...

I absolutely LOVE that idea! It is sooooooo beautiful! Now you have given me an idea I will take with me to yard sales this summer. I will be on the lookout for one! They don't rust do they in the rain? I can see one with some ivy trailing down the sides a bit maybe? Very cool...:)

Allidink said...

Wow! It looks so great. The flowers are so beautiful. Small cages hanging in the tree would be great. The Marshall's by me has some small medium and large cages (that can hang) right now reasonably prices. (I bought a small one) so that's a place you could check out!

All the best,

Just A Girl said...

Hi Joanne,
This is such a darling idea and I happen to have one of those in my back yard. I was planning on planting the stand only but you've inspired me to do the whole thing! Thanks!!!
Have you gone searching for that sweet little cottage yet?

It has been crazy busy here and I never seem to slow down, but we should plan a get together sometime otherwise it will never happen.

xoxo Cori

Neabear said...

I had to come over here and find out about the birdcage thingy I heard about on Glenda's blog. I love it. Makes me wish we still had the birdcages we used to have for our cockatiels. I don't think we have those anymore. Darn.

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Joanne, your bird cage looks great in the garden. I have one that is 8 feet tall that I need to put plants in it. I have it sitting out in the garden, I just need to run water to it and put plants in it! Hopefully I will get to it this summer....

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Joanne
Your birdcage looks very pretty. Thanks for your kind offer to stock me up with Hershey's Kisses! Glad you liked the pass the parcel idea. I think it could really take off in the US. For kids parties we usually use old gift wrap to wrap the layers but I have also done them with alternating colors of tissue and sprinkled sequins/confetti inbetween.
Have a lovely weekend.

Rebecca said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! I love birdcages, and this is just wonderful. Have a lovely weekend!

Back Porch Blessings,

Stephanie said...

I want one!!! I must find one! It's just wonderful!!!

Katie said...

What a great idea...So beautifully done...Have a good weekend, Katie

Unknown said...

What a darling little garden! It's just beautiful! The cherub will be the perfect touch when the time comes to add him! :)

Michele said...

This is SO cute!!! I LOVE this idea, and it looks perfect in your garden! Where did you find that cute birdcage? ARe they expensive? Great idea, Joanne!!

Michele R.(CA)
Butterfly Whispers

The Charm House said...

JoAnne, This is so cute!!! I just bought a birdcage for $6.00, but it doesn't have a bottom in it! Trying to think now what to do with it!!! After this, I might put it in my garden with a little fairy in it!!
Thanks for sharing!


Hi Joanne,
The bird cage is very nice!! Great idea and now there will be a "run" on bird cages at the thrift stores!!
Thanks for stopping by.
Deb :)

Ann said...

That was such a great idea and very nice looking too. Those bird cages with flowers will make any garden look so adorable.

Donna said...

Joanne, oh my gosh - your birdcage turned out so beautiful! I absolutely love it!!! ... Donna @ An Enchanted Cottage

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Oh my gosh, Joanne ..that is SO cute. I am going to have to evict my parakeets and use their home for one of these! HOW adorable that is. Soooo...when are you and your sis going to come out and go shopping with me? Hmmmmm? :)
Because of you I am on to the difference between Second hand stores and Thrift shops..but...I have no clue as to where the Thrift shops are. The phone book!!
Aha!! :)
Question...did you have to put holes in the bottom for drainage? Or...can just some gravel be added first? Just too darned cute!

Lorilee said...

The birdcage is beautiful. Now I definitely have to buy one!

mysteryhistorymom said...

How lovely!

Just a reminder to please mail your Birdie Swap partners package by this Wed- the 25th. Please let me know when you send/receive your goodies!:) Lori

Anonymous said...

Nice blog post.....Great

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Joanne!
Thanks for stopping by my blog!
I´ve never seen something like a little garden in a birdcage and I like it a lot.

Do You have any climbing plant in it too?

Anonymous said...

Really cute idea. Good job :)

amy & lisa said...

That is beautiful! I love birdcages and am so tempted to buy them when I see them and then I talk myself out of it every time! :(
Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

How Cute!!!

Pearl said...

Joanne, you never cease to amaze me with your creative ways... I adore your bird cage garden so much! I can only imagine how beautiful it truly is... and such terrific ideas to take it even one step further! I have a bird cage that I found at the thrift shop for $2 and I just have not been able to dress it up enough to make me smile... but, now you have me thinking that perhaps it should become a hanging garden in front of my kitchen window, or bathroom, or bedroom... we gave up, years ago, having indoor plants because the cats always found them and ate them... the hanging bird cage garden is a perfect idea for our home! Hope all's well with you, and that your week is off to a wonderful start...


Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

That looks fantastic. The weather was wet and rainy here but the sun did show itself for a wee while later in the afternoon. It was a typical spring shower but the clouds over the mountains looked pretty menacing.
I hope you had an enjoyable weekend!

One Shabby Old House said...

Your birdcage is so pretty. I am going to have to try that now that I know how beautiful it will look.
Thanks for sharing.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Joanne,

Wow! that is so creative!. I love it. What a fun project. I may have to try and make one.

Have a wonderful day,

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

I found an old bird cage in my backyard and I can't wait to get started on it. You inspired me to start my own blog when I accidently found yours while searching for information on the Victorian Tea Society. Love your blog! Have a great day!


Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

The bird cage is adorable and when the plants start to grom it will be very pretty....
Mo :-)

Alison Gibbs said...

Joanne your planted bird cage looks fabulous. Don't forget to take more photos as it grows.

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Hi Joanne,
I just came over from Mona's blog and I'm so glad I did!! This garden cage idea is FANTABULOUS!! I hope you don't mind if I borrow your idea. (I'll be sure to reference it back to your blog so you can get well deserved credit for it!)

I recently bought a small bird cage and was upset with myself because I didn't NEED it. But, now I see that I can put it to great use! Now I'm thrilled that I bought it.
Thank you so much for this wonderful idea.
Patricia :o)

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

That looks beautiful! I need to go look for one now!

On the Bite Catering website, click on the top bar "Cakes/Pastries". It says that you can custom order the bread from there. I would love to try it out!

The Feathered Nest said...

Dear Joanne, I am in LOVE with this idea!!!! The plants are just gorgeous inside of the beautiful white cage! I would love to spotlight you on my blog and send my readers over to look, do you mind if I use one photo to peak their interest? If not, I understand :) my email is:
Have a wonderful week!

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