When plastic is a good idea

I’ve been putting plastic plants in my shed window boxes for years. The first year I tried to find pots that fit the window boxes, tried to make sure they didn’t dry out and tried to make sure they grew. It didn’t work.

Hence, fake flowers. Silk are probably appear a little more realistic than plastic. They fade faster, but if you look for a sale, you can easily replace them at little cost.

My sister-in-law has fake flowers in one of those moss containers and they hang from her porch. No one gets close enough to see that they are fake. They are always in bloom and look great, with no effort on her part. Her plant doesn’t even fade because it’s shielded from the sun.

The hanging plant on my deck should look half this good.

This sounds pretty good, but it gets even better.

A mourning dove is nesting in the planter.

Think about it.

No one is watering the plant.

No one is fussing over the plants, pinching the buds or whatever we feel we need to do.

No one sees the bird to disturb it all the way up there. The flowers camouflage the nest all the time.

The mourning dove has raised two broods there now.

Not sure that’s what the National Wildlife Federation has in mind when it certifies backyard habitats, but it certainly works.

It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

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