Re: [gardeners] Bird bath

penny x stamm (
Sat, 17 Jun 2000 00:08:33 -0400

George, I've had a rock which has a basin carved into it, 
in immitation of an old Japanese drinking stone from a
formal Japanese garden, sitting empty on the sidelines for 
about 4 years. It should be supplied with a trickle of water
coming thru a long bamboo shaft and spilling into the basin,
of course with a primitive drinking cup alongside......  

I'm sure we could get a water supply to this stone; I'm equally
sure I could find a hollow bamboo natural colored shaft. My
hesitation concerns the racoons, squirels, rabbits and 
chipmonks:  if I keep a guaranteed supply of water out there,
it seems to me that Mother Nature will take out a full page ad
on the Daily TV news, inviting every animal in Kingdom Come
to come and sip ....   They've caused so much damage already 
that I am unwilling to add to the problem. 

I had thought that I would trot out there every day and pour in 
a half a cup of vinegar, but that's not practical. 

I suppose I could fashion a nice big Reynold's Wrap cover for
the rock, and only open it up when I'm very occasionally sitting 
out there with Jimmie and some cheese and crackers after
working up a storm all day -- but I envision a shiny reflection
hitting me in the eye as I garden, and startling me as I make every 

Of course, with the assistance of Juan, or Pedro, or Carlos (whom
I would steal from the gardeners who come across the street), 
perhaps I could build me a rock-and-concrete stanchion on top
of which one of the boys could place my hollow rock ---  tell me, 
do  rabbits and squirrels and racoons and chipmonks get into
bird baths . . . ??? 

Penny, NY

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