Window Shopping: Bird and Garden Gifts

If there’s anything the internet has made easier, it’s that wonderful pastime known as “window shopping”. These days, I do

If there’s anything the internet has made easier, it’s that wonderful pastime known as “window shopping”. These days, I do my window shopping in browser windows on my laptop while comfortably ensconced on the back porch swing with a cool glass of lemonade. I keep a bookmarks folder called “Someday…” where I mark the items I come across that I’d really love to have someday but just can’t justify spending the money on right now. Here are a few of my favorite finds while window shopping recently.

Cattail Bird Feeder Stakes: I’ve seen these on a variety of sites, and I’m always tempted. Cling feeders are nice for keeping bully birds like jays and starlings away, and a set of three of these would look great in my backyard with our lake in the background. But our neighborhood is overrun with stray cats right now, and I’m afraid these feeders would be too temptingly low to the ground for our birds to be safe. Still, at only about $10 apiece, these seem like a bit of a steal. (Duncraft.com)

Duncraft.com

Cool Birds Card Set by birdandmoon: Not long ago, I stumbled across the website birdandmoon.com, where the talented Rosemary Mosco creates educational comics and other art. I fell in love with many of her pieces, including a poster showing North American Bird Mnemonics. This set of notecards comes from the poster with two each of six designs. I could see myself framing six for display, and then sending the others to my bird-loving friends. ($15 at TopatoCo.com)

By birdandmoon, Topatoco.com

Vintage  Rooting Tube Set: My living room is decorated as with a Victorian era “explorer-scientist” theme, using lots of botanical drawings, Audubon prints, and other vintage-style decor. This rooting tube set has exactly the right vibe to fit in, and would be a great place to start cuttings of plants for myself or friends. ($25 at Gardener’s Supply Company)

Gardener's Supply Company

Woodstock Encore Garden Bells: I’m not normally a big fan of wind chimes. When I’m outside, I like to listen to the sounds of nature, and my neighbors provide enough human-created noise as it is most days. Still, there’s something about these garden bells that intrigues me. I like to think of them filling with rainwater for butterflies to drink, and their organic shape would fit well with my simple garden style. ($43 at Windchime.com)

Windchime.com

Jude Rose Monarch Chrysalis JewelryHave you noticed how the prices have been climbing as this post goes on? Well, it doesn’t get any better from here on out. These gorgeous hand-made glass chrysalis necklaces by artist Jude Rose are pricey, but worth every penny. The artist spent years perfecting the design to make these as life-like as possible, and as a professional “butterfly lady”, I have to agree that these are pretty darn perfect. I think I actually like the jade green chrysalis ($100, left) better than the “ready-to-emerge” version ($145, right). I’ve always said a monarch chrysalis is too pretty to hide under a leaf. (JudeRose.com)

Jude Rose Chrysalis Jewelry

Bushnell NatureView 10X42 Binoculars: I’ve been wanting a better pair of birding binoculars for awhile, and these were rated and recommended by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology as a good “budget” pair. These are waterproof with fog-lenses, and much smaller than my current bulky pair. There are a variety of prices available for these around the internet, but I found them recently for about $127 at Amazon.com.

Amazon.com

Par-a-Sol Grand Chandelier Hummingbird Feeder: Feeding hummingbirds aways seems like such an elegant hobby thanks to the delicacy of these tiny flyers; it’s no wonder hummingbird feeders have become more and more elaborate. I know the plastic saucer style feeders available for a few bucks work perfectly well, but this blown-glass chandelier feeder is a real work of art. You even have a choice of glass colors, but I’d probably just go with classic red. ($140 at Amazon.com)

Bronze Leaf Fountain: I’m always looking for the right water feature for our backyard. Birdbaths don’t seem to get much use (because of all the stray cats, most likely), so I’m in the market for one that is pleasing to the eye and fits with my style. This one could sit in the garden itself, or on our covered back porch. I can already hear the soothing sounds of running water… ($190, WindandWeather.com)

Wind and Weather

What about you? Have you been “window shopping” lately? Drop us the links to your favorite goodies in the comments below!

Jill Staake
Jill lives in Tampa, Florida, and writes about gardening, butterflies, outdoor projects and birding. When she's not gardening, you'll find her reading, traveling and happily digging her toes into the sand on the beach.