Nesting Season and Nest Feathering on the Potting Bench

Welcome Bird plaque and birdhouse on Potting Bench | © #pottingbench #birdhouse

Happy Monday!

It’s officially nesting season and every bird is welcome!

Carolina wren at birdhouse | © #garden #birdhouse

I took my cue from the birds to feather my nest . . .

Eastern bluebirds at birdhouse | © #bluebird #birdhouse

Following the birds’ lead to bring my nesting instincts to the Potting Bench.

Nest feathering on the Potting Bench | © #pottingbench #birdhouse

Long time readers know I love birds. . .

Nest feathering on the Potting Bench | © #pottingbench #birdhouse

Feeding and watching the birds is a favorite winter pastime.

Birdbath with seed and birdhouse on Potting Bench | © #pottingbench #birdhouse

In addition to winter, we keep our feeders filled in the spring and summer months

when the birds are busy nesting and feeding their broods.

Garden and Farm Seeds Sign with birds and bird book | © #pottingbench

Song and Garden Birds of North America is a favorite vintage volume,

filled with colorful pages and field notes for bird watching and identification.

Bird nest in bowl with nest placemat | © #pottingbench #bird

The Bird Book, by Neltje Blanchan | © #pottingbench #bird

And The Bird Book, by Neltje Blanchan, flew home with me

from an antique mall several years ago.

Nesting with birdhouses | © #pottingbench #bird

Eastern bluebirds at birdhouse | © #bluebird #birdhouse

Bluebirds have 2 – 3 broods a season.

Both parents bring food to the nestlings and young bluebirds

from a previous brood will often help to feed the nestlings.

Birdhouse with bird plates | © #pottingbench #bird

A collection of birdhouses, some decorative and some functional,

line the shelves of the Potting Bench.

Nesting with birdhouses on Potting Bench | © #pottingbench #bird

Birdhouse | © #pottingbench #birdhouse

A birdhouse I picked up for a song needed some rehab and lacked curb appeal.

It got a makeover HERE with the addition of some salvaged junk finds.

From Chippy Birdhouse to Garden Art with Salvaged Junk | © #diy #repurpose #craft #birdhouse #vintage

This is a fun project for a birdhouse you already have, whether you use it

decoratively or want to add some curb appeal for your feathered friends.

Eastern bluebird at birdhouse by lake | © #bluebird #birdhouse

Bluebirds are a gardener’s best friend with their voracious appetite

for insects, naturally ridding the garden of pests.

Nesting with birdhouses on Potting Bench | © #pottingbench #bird

This faux watering can is designed as a planter.

It also serves as birdhouse ~ triple the fun for me!

Watering can planter birdhouse | © #pottingbench #birdhouse

It’s served as a Blooming Spring Wreath and

 as a centerpiece for a Bird Chirping Table.

Nesting on the potting bench | © #pottingbench #birdhouse

A favorite bird urn from my retail days has served as vase for a

Delicious Autumn Lakeside Table.

Nesting on the potting bench | © #pottingbench #birdhouse

Nest placemat with bird nest in bowl on potting bench | © #pottingbench #birdhouse

Eastern bluebirds at dovecote by lake | © #bluebird #birdhouse

'Nest' and 'Chirp' Birdhouse, mug and bird finial | © #pottingbench #birdhouse


Ceramic birdhouses, plates, mugs / Rae Dunn Artisan Collection & M Studios, several years ago

Garden and Farm Seeds Sign / Antique Farm House, several years ago

Watering can / planter with bird / HomeGoods, several years ago

Bird Finials / World Market, several years ago

Birdhouses / collected over the years

Bird Welcome Plaque / Carruth Studios

Nest Paper Placemat / Hester & Cook

Bird Garden Gloves / Target, many years ago

Twig Flatware / Pier1, several years ago

'Chirp' Birdhouse and bird finial | © #pottingbench #birdhouse


'Nest' Birdhouse | © #pottingbench #birdhouse

Hope you are enjoying some spring nesting where you are! ♥

Eastern bluebird at birdhouse | © #bluebird #birdhouse

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Nesting with birdhouses on Potting Bench | © #pottingbench #bird

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  29 comments for “Nesting Season and Nest Feathering on the Potting Bench

  1. Gail
    May 9, 2022 at 6:07 am

    What a terrific collection of unique birdhouses, especially the from-salvage the blue one

  2. Cindi
    May 9, 2022 at 7:13 am

    Wonderful pictures! I love the redo of the birdhouse. We have blue birds in our yard (as well as many others) which I so enjoy watching. You capture Mother Nature so magically. Thanks for starting my week with a smile! Peace.

  3. Jane
    May 9, 2022 at 7:16 am

    Such a lovely post! Thank you for sharing the joy!

  4. Sandra Brown
    May 9, 2022 at 7:30 am

    Love love! That urn on the left, 2nd shelf…oh my! Make a flower arrangement in that please!

  5. Jan M
    May 9, 2022 at 7:52 am

    You always make such fun little groupings! Love it! We’ve still been a bit chilly and rainy in the Midwest, but that will change soon. Then we can get out, work in the garden and make them too! Great inspiration, thank you.

  6. Kathy Menold
    May 9, 2022 at 8:01 am

    Good Morning Mary from chilly Greensboro.
    This is one of my favorite blogs you have done. Just when I think you can’t top yourself you surprise me with a new creative collection of beautiful photos and wonderful ideas. I have an old unused table I hope would make a great potting table. Going to give it a try.
    I think my Bluebirds have fledged their first brood and are thinking about a second. The Wrens, Chickadees, Phoebe and many other bird couples are very busy with nesting and feeding their young. We too feed the birds all year and love when they bring the youngsters to our feeders.
    Supposed to be great outdoor weather this week. Enjoy the beauty of our natural world and your lovely home.

  7. May 9, 2022 at 8:02 am

    I couldn’t pick a favorite! They are all cute/creative/adorable! My fav was not shown which is a hummingbird feeder (I know it’s not a nest) but they are one of my favorite birds! I put my feeder up Saturday & a hummer showed up immediately! Happy bird watching!! 🕊

  8. May 9, 2022 at 8:28 am

    Mary, I knew you would have great fun with your potting bench. I love that you styled it with your feathered friends in mind. The blue bird photos are beautiful, they are hard workers and fun to watch! Happy Monday!

  9. May 9, 2022 at 9:36 am

    Mary your potting bench looks wonderful with your collection of bird houses, urns and nests. It’s a lovely time of year and I see the birds are busy building their nests and having babies. We recently had mallards nesting by our pool. I had hopes of seeing them marching their babies out, however they must have left at night. We have orioles nesting in the same tall palm tree every year. Also they nest in our large sun decor on the wall. A pleasure to see all of your fun bird decor.

  10. franki Parde
    May 9, 2022 at 9:37 am

    I jzushed three of our older bird houses, too!!! Cupolas, door escutcheon around the hole opening, finials for perch, etc. Birds seem SO happy…we LUV them!! franki

  11. Shirley Graham
    May 9, 2022 at 11:23 am

    Love all the bird houses as I enjoy the birds so much. Everything looks lovely!!! Enjoy!!!!

  12. Jo
    May 9, 2022 at 11:33 am

    🐦Love the vintage birdhouses, finials, urns, and ceramic nesting boxes! The potting bench is curated so nicely. Everything fits! Well done, Mary! I forwarded this to my daughter who loves gardening. 🐦🐦🐦

  13. Allison
    May 9, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    Ohh my Momma adored gardening and birds! She had a little canary that lived almost ten years (he had the best of care, I honestly didn’t think they lived that long!) Momma would have loved this post as I do. My little grandson has his great grandma’s love of birds too which we encourage by taking him to wild bird sanctuaries and letting him feed them. So exciting to have a chickadee land on a tiny open hand holding seed.

  14. Sue
    May 9, 2022 at 3:21 pm

    So wonderful Mary, I especially enjoyed your bird’s nest placemats! We are having gusty winds, rain, and even snow still. Every once in a while we have a bit of sunshine though, and we spotted our first Robin, what a joy! We used to have a little family build the nest in our apple tree for many years, we have missed them the past two years. Thank you Mary, your posts always bring joy and awe.

  15. Betsy
    May 9, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    I know that we won’t stay in this home forever, and it’s the home we raised our daughter in. Absolutely inspired to create a birdhouse in the image of our home. One for us, and one for our daughter’s future home! Love the inspiration, as always!

  16. May 9, 2022 at 5:15 pm

    Your new happy place Mary! I know you will have so much fun styling and rearranging your new/old potting bench! I love all your adorable bird themed things, but what will you do if a bird takes up residence somewhere on your bench? Last year a bird family nested inside our favorite watering can so it was of no use all season :) I do love watching and finding different varieties of birds, such sweet and fascinating creatures 🦜

  17. May 9, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Beautiful. I ordered that book. Beautiful graphics, reminds me of old wall paper..

  18. May 9, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    I love feeding and watching the birds, Mary. I’m still hoping to see a blue bird, but no luck yet. A friend gave me a squirrel proof bird feeder that she wasn’t using, NYE im not seeing a lot of birds at it 😞. I love seeing all your bird houses. The birdies must love hanging out at your garden.

    • May 9, 2022 at 7:25 pm

      I meant …but I’m not seeing..

  19. Clara
    May 9, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    Mary, You have a lovely collection of bird houses. Your potting bench is beautifully styled. Watching the birds is a wonderful past time we also enjoy. They always let us know when the bird feeders are low. Enjoy the week! It’s going to be hot! Clara ❤️

  20. Rita C.
    May 10, 2022 at 8:14 am

    Your birdhouse collection is amazing! I wonder if any birds will nest upon your garden bench?! The bluebirds are my absolute favorite. They are so busy, and so good-looking.

  21. May 10, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Love every square inch of this! I need to fill my 6 feeders daily, just spent the last two hours staring at 100 birds coming and going like rush hour, it gives me such joy to watch them! all your touches are fabulous, and of course we share many of the same darling pieces 😉 loved this, if I ever get spare time would love to do a bird homage myself, thought of it often, but free time is illusive!

  22. Sue
    May 10, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    I’m a little late reading this but so glad I didn’t miss it! Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  23. Tricia
    May 11, 2022 at 10:30 am

    So Sweet. Love all of your birdhouses Mary, especially the blue one you refinished. They look wonderful on your potting bench!!

  24. Cyndi Raines
    May 12, 2022 at 1:25 am

    SWEET! Love all the bird touches for your new potting bench. Very fitting!

  25. May 12, 2022 at 11:29 am

    So Sweet . Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  26. Clair Kelly
    January 24, 2023 at 11:31 am

    Love the wire wreath with the birds around it! Can u tell me where it was purchased? Love everything you post!

    • January 24, 2023 at 11:49 am

      Thank you Clair, I found it at Hobby Lobby. There’s a link to it HERE on their Amazon page. ♥

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