Dovecotes have a fascinating history dating all the way back to Roman days. Though many have disappeared over the years, during the 17th Century England had over 26,000 dovecotes on the grounds of monasteries and manor houses. Doves at that time were considered a food source, for both the eggs and the birds themselves.
My interest in having a Dovecote in the garden came from years of reading garden books that often focused on beautiful Cottage Gardens in the South of France. I loved the gardens often featured in the magazine Victoria. Dovecotes were often a focal point featured in charming flower filled gardens.
Generally working on a budget and from materials that I have around here, I fashioned a farmhouse Dovecote with clay pots for the potting shed.
You will need:
10 -4 inch clay pots
10 washers with small holes and 10 screws.
Starting at the top; center the first pot and place a washer and screw through the drainage hole in the pot. Screw securely into the siding but avoid over tightening, as this can crack the pot.
Continue adding pots making sure they are just touching each other.
Wait for your Doves or feathered friends to find their stylish new nesting place!
I’m still waiting!
Not a week goes by without a question about the little greenhouse in my garden.
I thought I would answer a few of the most often asked!
Yes, we built this greenhouse out of nearly all recycled material!
The greenhouse size is 10 x 10.
No, my husband does not have plans for the greenhouse–he does these projects in his head, not even a scribble on paper!
The color is a Dutch Boy Paint color called Pumpkin Stem.
I heat the greenhouse with electric heaters.
Yes, it really works as a greenhouse; growing seedlings each spring!
I woke early to work on a project that I have been stalled on.
To get my creativity jump started, I turned to my own Pinterest Board.
I got lost in some of my own images from the garden!
Maybe you would like to get lost too!
A favorite stop at the MN State Fair each year is the record breaking Pumpkins.
This year was a stunning display of this celebrated Squash.
I bow to the gardeners who grew these beauties!
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
It’s a very good day when you find 3 new but old sprinklers for the garden!
Butterflies are attracted to the colors red, yellow, pink, purple and orange!
The Butterfly Bush is the perfect way to bring them in.