February 11, 2009
Now this is an outside thermometer that you can actually read without going outside. Made by Conant Custom Brass, the Vermont Grande View Thermometer is made with solid brass and glass. The thermometer itself is 12 1/4" in length and the numbers are 1/2" high. Includes solid brass mounting hardware.
Available at Amazon for $44.55.
February 2, 2009
If you're too busy shoveling snow or defrosting your pipes to have a pet, consider a watering can pet. These pets don't require any care, they make you smile, and they help you in the garden. They hold 6 cups of water so bring them inside for the winter to water the houseplants. Available from Wind & Weather for $29.95.
January 31, 2009
Have you lost too many snow fall contests because of inaccurate or untrustworthy measuring? Take things into your own hands and decree that this Leaf Snow Gauge is the gauge by which all contests shall be measured.
It is well made and measures the snow by the foot. Each foot is marked with a gold painted leaf so, not only will it be accurate, it will look beautiful in the garden all winter as well. The bottom is a stake which can easily be pushed into the ground.
January 27, 2009
This is the crown jewel of window bird feeders in my opinion. Maybe that's why they named it "Jewel Box". It's another great feeder from Aspects and this one brings those elusive hummingbirds up close to the window. You probably won't see any birds in winter in the North, but in California and other warmer spots, this is a great feeder for the whole year.
The red color is a little startling but it does attract the hummingbirds well. I guess that's a small price to pay for watching these amazing birds up close. The Aspects Jewel Box Window Hummingbird Feeder is available at Amazon for $20.49.
January 26, 2009
In GardenSnob's opinion, Duncraft makes the best bird feeders. This Classic Window Bird Feeder is no exception. It has a simple, sleek design with minimal lines so as not to interfere with bird watching. The suction cups are strong enough to hold the feeder at its full capacity. The price is reasonable as well. Available at Amazon for $14.69.
January 24, 2009
The Window Cafe Hopper is another bird feeder that attaches to the window. Again, it's clear plastic so there are no unsightly colors to block the view from your window. The window cafe hopper is a little larger than yesterday's feeder and holds 3 cups of bird seed.
The other thing to consider when looking for a bird feeder is the ease with which you fill it and (especially since this is clear plastic) clean it. The designers at Aspects thought of this and designed a lift off roof that slides out and off for filling and cleaning. Wouldn't it be great if my roof would lift off for cleaning!?
Available at Amazon for $25.01.
January 23, 2009
The Perky Pet Wild Bird Window Feeder is a great way to bring birds closer to you for observation. This feeder holds 1 cup of bird seed. The suction cups have no problem keeping the feeder attached to the window even with the seed weight. It's made of plastic so lightweight and clear. What a great way to watch your feathered friends in the winter! Can't beat the price, too. ($6.97)
January 21, 2009
Here's a handy mount bracket by Audubon for hanging bird feeders. And who couldn't use another bird feeder? This bracket is sturdy and clamps easily to any deck. Appears the color is green so if you're hoping for black, check before you order it.
January 20, 2009
Here's another heated bird bath that's a little less expensive (Amazon says it is on sale for $46.40) and, in my opinion, better looking. It attaches to your deck with a clamp and keeps the water from freezing with a 75 watt heater. The green color is subdued and looks like it matches the green of pine trees. Nice work, Farm Innovators!
January 19, 2009
So, what do people do in the northern states when they're not shoveling? They watch the birds bathe in their outdoor, heated hot tubs.
If birds are your passion, this heated bird bath bowl might be the next level of bird watching for you. It has a built-in thermostat and a clamp for attaching to a railing or "summer" bath. Made of plastic so it won't break if the power goes out and the water freezes.
This does seem a little extravagant at $69.95 but maybe it could double as a steam therapy device. Just add an essential oil and breathe deeply. Plus, if it keeps you out of the insane asylum for the winter, it's worth it!