The Violet Fern

A Colorful Tale of a Garden in the Making



Some of  you may recall that I had a BIG clean up to do after we lopped off a boxelder leaning precariously over our house. WELL, I am still cleaning that mess up but I have made progress. I had quite a few stumps and I never let a good stump go to waste! The misshapen, gnarly stumps were donated to a friend who owns a wood burning kiln (and wood splitter). The nice looking stumps I saved for my garden. They make great accents for bird baths, tables, pedestals for containers, or even a nice seat!

I love just topping off a stump with a terra cotta plant tray. The tray develops a nice patina over time.

This tray has a bit of a rough texture making it perfect for not only birds, but bees and other pollinators as well. I have often seen a bee edging its way in for a drink.

This one is topped off with a dish of my grandmother’s that is shaped like a flower. I have added a few decorative pebbles for those creatures who don’t like to dive right in.

This one is low to the ground and topped with a beautiful, red, ceramic tray that really stands out in the garden. I don’t have the fortune of a pond or water feature (which is a great way to attract wildlife) in my garden, so I place many bird baths of different types and levels all around. I offer a heated bird bath in the winter as well.

I have had these tin containers for many years and will eventually add some spanish moss and feature plants to top off these “pedestals.”

This is not really a stump but a large branch that didn’t go through the chipper. It is now a favorite perch for the birds, chipmunks, and squirrels.

This is not really a stump either, but a piece of driftwood (not from that boxelder) that reminded me of the blue herons that grace the river here. I sealed the bottom edge that is buried under the ground and it is now a garden “sculpture.”

I love adding natural elements to my garden as art or accents. It seems to add some “age” to my very new garden. And I like that the boxelder tree, now a large shrub, has not gone to waste but still lives in my garden and is still visited by the birds and bees.


Author: Kathy Sturr

Cultivating art, growing soul, and creating plant-based food in the beautiful 1000 Islands, New York and Cedar Key, Old Florida.

4 thoughts on “Stumped

  1. I definitely think that it looks like a great blue heron.

  2. I too love your blue heron!

  3. I love how you've used your stumps as art in your garden. I really like the birdbaths you've created.I tried to comment on your bloom day post but the comments box wouldn't show up. You've got a lot blooming now. I love that fluffy muscari, I don't think I've seen one like that before.

  4. Thank you Catherine! I hope I fixed my post to allow comments – not sure what happened. Thank you so much for visiting. I will try to find out the name of that fluffy muscari – I'm sure I have a receipt or something somewhere.

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