Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day, Peppers and Birdfeeders

Happy Labor Day everyone! I know it's not fall-and the temper-
ature today will certainly not feel like fall, but I am ready for fall!

I haven't been to a garden center in months, but Saturday was the day to go. We needed so many things, and of course, you can't go to a garden center without looking at the plants!
I always like to buy ornamental peppers this time of year. I found these at the garden center I go to for mulch. They are Sangria Peppers. I have two glazed pottery containers I bought in Santa Fe a few years ago that are perfect for these peppers. One is blue..
...the other one is gold. The peppers can take this Texas heat that will stay around for a while as long as I keep them watered. They are a great plant to start fall!
My other treasure came from Lowe's. You know how I love to feed the birds, and hung bird feeders from our Bradford Pear Tree. Losing that tree has changed my little backyard in so many ways. The birds were very confused when their home and supper table was removed. We have tried to figure out a way to hang feeders and found the perfect solution. This is just what we had in mind. It's like a shepherd's hook, but it is specifically designed for 3 bird feeders. One attaches to the top, and you can hang 2 others. This feeder is a "gazebo" feeder that was sitting right beside the pole.

I think it makes a nice addition to the garden, plus it gives my bird friends a little bit of protection as they eat. Hubby and I each took a guess on what type of bird would find the feeder first. I guessed a cardinal--and I won!!


Have a wonderful day everyone. Fall will be here before we know it!

20 comments:

tina said...

Those cardinals are smart little birds for sure when it comes to dinner. The new bird feeder stake looks great!

Meadowview Thymes said...

Thanks Tina! I love the cardinals. Have a wonderful day!

Lola said...

Love that new bird feeder station. I must put that on my "want" list. May check it out when I go to dr.

JenningsJunk said...

Love the pop of pepper color in those awesome pots -- terrific bird feeder and I'm looking forward to seeing what else you hang from the other 2 hooks :D and some vistor pictures ;-)

Brenda said...

I do love that bird feeder! I need to check that out, as I would like to get my feeders out of the tree so close to the deck. I had a blue pot that looked just like that one you have. One day I knocked it over by accident and it broke on the rocks around the pond! I was heartbroken!
Brenda

Meadowview Thymes said...

Lola--they have plenty of the feeders at Lowe's. Hope you can find one!

jj--I love the contrast of the peppers with the glazed pots. It's hard to tell in the picture, but the peppers are all colors, even some purple ones.

Brenda--that is the bad thing about these containers-they will break! I bet you can find another one somewhere. There is a Mexican import place in Plano. Wonder if they might have some.
(hope your foot is healing!)

nancy said...

There must be some genetic thing that compels gardeners to be eternally hopeful. The worst summer I can remember is forgotten when faced with a whole bunch of new plants to buy.I was looking for a particular Pennisetum(Princess) I wanted to try. Found it on-line, along with 5 other things I realized I couldn't pass by.(got to fill those gaps left by summer fatalities you know.)And we are still a month away from the Master Gardeners sale in my area where they have lots of yummy pass-a long plants.

Susie said...

Those peppers sell like hotcakes at work Linda. I too think they are great for fall.

Neat bird feeder too!

Meadowview Thymes said...

I couldn't agree with you more Nancy. New plants certainly do help us get over the disappointments and failures! I am hoping looking forward will help me get on with gardening after losing the look, privacy and shade of the old tree! :)

The peppers must sell good here too Susie--they only had 5 left! I love them in fall along with mums and pumpkins!

Barbee' said...

Can't get more colorful than those peppers! With that cute feeder I bet you will have droves of birds all winter.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Hi Barbee! I hope I have lots of birds this winter. I love to feed them and see what different kinds visit my yard.
Hope all is well with you! Happy September!

Racquel said...

I saw those same ornamental peppers at birdfeeding station at Lowe's here. I was wondering what it looked like, it's great!

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Wow, I like the peppers, so colorful! Not only does the birdfeeder look great, but that fence is fabulous!

Meadowview Thymes said...

Thanks Racquel--I really like it. Just wish more birds would come, but I am never home so maybe they do and I just don't know. :)

Oh thank you Nola. We love our fence! It gave us much needed privacy, or at least as much as we can get in this yard, and I love the color! I think the bird feeder looks good against it too.

Lola said...

I purchased one of those ornamental peppers & when I got home to pot it up I discovered I had one that was volunteer & was just as big as the one that I bought. Guess I should walk the yard more often.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Lola--lol!!! Girl, you must really have a great thumb! I didn't know volunteers ever appeared! Now you have 2!

Msrobin said...

Well, maybe nobody in Texas will be sad to see summer go, but here in the north, we all start to cry! It's not that we don't like fall, we just know that soon it will be winter, and it lasts forever. No flowers or green, growing things all winter long makes Robin a grumpy gal. Any sign of life from that tall, crazy ferny plant you are growing?

Meadowview Thymes said...

Robin--no signs of flowers at all on the ferny thing. I looked up those cosmos flowers--they sure would be pretty.

Lola said...

This is the second volunteer yr for the pepper. In the other huge black plastic pot another pepper comes up volunteer but it is different. It has the traditional gree, red,orange but purple too. The fruit is more roundish. It comes up first then my Voodoo plant come up. Strange I tell ya. I don't mind, it just saves me moo la & I have plants to boot.

hummingbird feeder said...

Nice touch with the feeder, it's cool you can hang lots of other feeders. Ever think of a hummingbird feeder? Heard lots of good things about Perky Pet's new models. Good guess on the cardinal, I would have guessed a blue jay!