The Bird Sanctuary
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You never know where inspiration will come from. In 2005, I threw in a couple of extra boxwoods in the garden just to hold them for a while, tossed down some extra flagstones left over from an earlier project then joked that this was my 'walkway to nowhere'.
That then inspired the idea to build a patio and area for the birds. My Bird Sanctuary garden is located just outside the windows above our kitchen sink, an area I look out at every day. Creating a garden that would bring birds, in both summer and winter, was very appealing.
The first step was to put down a small flagstone patio and birdbath. Next came some shrubs and perennials which would provide seeds and berries for the birds and colour and texture for me. After a new bench the bird sanctuary really had a focal point.
My Bird Sanctuary garden is now one of my favourite gardens in both summer and winter. For a complete garden design plan and plant list see my Bird Sanctuary Garden Design Plan.
Here are some more pictures from our Bird Sanctuary. Check our my Wildlife Gallery to see pictures of our feathered visitors over the years.
Looking through the Bird Sanctuary Garden in 2008.
The Bird Sanctuary in June 2008.
Lilli Marleen roses.
Annabelle Hydrangea in full bloom in 2011.
View through the Bird Sanctuary to the new garden house. <
Tinkerbelle Lilac in bloom.
A Burning Bush, Goldmound Spirea and roses provide consistent fall colour each year.
More fall colour. You can see the Blue Spruce have more than doubled in size in 4 years.
The Bird Santuary has a lot of structure that provides winter interest, along with the birds at the feeder of course.
Birdbath surrounded by daylilies and roses.