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Yard Art, Liven Up Your Yard
June 05, 2017

How was your past week?

The weather here in SW Michigan has been on the mild side, a bit cool for this time of year.

Still,it is nice to keep the windows open.

We get to hear the birds, and not have to run the AC as much, just yet.

It has been on the dry side
however, as we could use a good, long, soaking rain.

It is that time of year, high school graduation and open houses.

We have a grandson graduation this Wednesday.

The fur kids continue to entertain and spread love.

Let the woodchuck/groundhog wars begin.

Already I have relocated one, while another appeared this past Saturday.

I find no use for these creatures.

They are so destructive with their digging and they will eat just about anything, or so it seems.

I have yet to find a repellent that that really works.

If you have a proven remedy, I am willing to try anything right about now.

Please let me know.

This week I discuss a bit on decorating your gardens, I topic I have written on in the past, yet needs to be approached again.

Especially for newer gardeners that think a 'Wildlife Garden' must be bland.


Gardens don't have to be bland or boring, how often do you see nature that is bland?

Yard art can be a birdbath, a decorative, or functional bench.

Art comes in yard signs, statures and figurines.

Sun dials, wind chimes, weather veins, spinners, and just about anything you desire.

A well placed piece of driftwood, and even a special specimen plant will work as art.

We use all sorts of art in our yard, some years more than others.

Some pieces fade and fall apart and maybe be replaced.

So much depends on you.

It is after all, your garden.

Put a touch of your personality into it.

A well placed bench often says 'Welcome'.

Yard signs can say just about anything you want.

A well placed statue or figurine will draw the eye to a certain focal point.

Whimsical pieces may bring a smile to a visitor.

They also let others know that you do have a bit of charm, or silliness about you.

Some art may be a keep sake or reminder of a certain place you visit.

The Lamb and Lion figure is a subtle way of letting others know we a Christians, or some will ask about it.

Besides, it is a well made piece of art.

Possibly a reminder of a loved one.

Yard art doesn't have to be stationary.

I so enjoy a well tuned wind chime.

You know, one that may cost a few dollars more, but the pipes Hmm.

No clanging, but music to the ear.

We have at least three chimes (different sizes and pitch) in different locations.

The spinner in the backyard spins at the slightest breeze.

Look out the kitchen window and it may do a dance for us at any moment.

We have even seen birds take a ride when it is slowly spinning.

The spinning of a mini 'Hot Air Balloon' can be mesmerizing.

Now this thing can really move.

There are other forms of yard art that moves as well.

Don't be concerned that moving parts will scare off your birds.

It wont.

As I said, birds will perch on the spinner.

Right now there is a robin's nest and hatch-lings, not even five feet from a wind chime that makes music whenever the wind lows.

Noise and movement.

The spinning balloon is maybe six feed from a couple of oriole feeders mounted to the deck.

As I said, birds will perch on the spinner.

Right now there is a robin's nest and hatch-lings, not even five feet from a wind chime that makes music whenever the wind lows.

Noise and movement.

The spinning balloon is maybe six feed from a couple of oriole feeders mounted to the deck.

Birds and wildlife adapt to our habitats.

They must if they are to thrive.

Spinning, movements, and sounds wont keep birds from your yard.

Even four legged creatures get used to the movements.

Especially when they are stationary.

I have known folks that will place a plastic owl on a boat dock, or a pretty good likeness of a rubber snake in certain parts of the garden to deter small critters.

I have driven through Grand Rapids (MI.), and seen the owls atop billboards in an attempt to deter pigeons from messing up the sign.

So what do we often see?

50 pigeons perched near the fake owl.

Seagulls and other birds pooping on the dock.

Critters still making a feast of your plants and bird food.

Why, because they are stationary.

Even when the owl may hoot or scream, birds don't move.

Wildlife is dumb, birds not only have keen eyesight, but they also know it an owl is in the same location from one time to another.

Same goes for the fake coyote, or other deterrent.

I bring this up so you don't have to worry about your yard art chasing off your desired birds, etc.

If you can afford a certain piece of art, get it for yourself.

Don't be too concerned what others may say (though some art can be a bit flashy and upset a neighbor, then you may want to take notice).

Your yard, your personality.

Do it up your way if possible.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

“It's kind of fun to do the impossible.”

Walt Disney

How many of you remember on Sunday night, 'The Wonderful World of Disney'?

Mister Disney was a visionary and would be rolling over in his grave if he saw what his wholesome dreams have become (in many ways).

Here is God's word for you today.

"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me"?

Jeremiah 32:27

"I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me".

Philippians 4:13

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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