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Mosaic Birdbaths

The first time I saw a mosaic birdbath, I was sold. For sheer beauty and practicality, nothing can match these birdbaths, and after installing one in my garden, I was amazed at the change that it brought about in terms of decoration. Previously, all that I knew about birdbaths was that they were made of white stone, mostly concrete, and in some cases marble; and all of them were placed firmly on the ground. But, as I say, all that changed after I saw a mosaic birdbath. Not only are all birdbaths not made of white stone, they can just as well be hung as placed on the ground, and be unheated or preheated, including mosaic birdbaths.

Today, there is such a vast range of mosaic birdbaths on offer that you will truly face a problem of plenty if you're going to buy one. I bought my first mosaic birdbath - yes, there have been more - six years ago at a yard sale for about $90, which was midway between affordable and expensive for a used item. In the market, first-hand models can cost you anything between $100 and $400, depending on the specs.

If you obsess about mosaic birdbaths as I do, you can actually learn to make them at home using bits of colored crockery or glass, and there are any number of TV shows and Internet sites that tell you how, so I won't waste space writing out a DIY guide here. However, remember this: beauty alone will not suffice when it comes to making or buying a mosaic birdbath. Utility is of paramount importance.

The first model I bought was all about bold, rich colors. It made my garden look like paradise on earth - okay, perhaps I exaggerate a bit - but it also attracted several species of birds, some of which I had never spotted in the area before. I was told that the mosaic tiles had been handcrafted, which always tends to push the price up a little. Most mosaic birdbaths today, however, also offer the benefits of reinforced concrete construction in addition to lovely colors.

Having searched high and low - mostly online - for my third mosaic birdbath, I came up with quite a few stunners. Among them was one that featured a white flowers and leaves pattern on a rich blue background, and a two-inch basin. Perfect for smaller birds, but I couldn't decide between this piece and another that featured a white and yellow Cheshire cat on the basin, with various shades of red and yellow forming the background. Then there was the English rose pedestal birdbath, with pink and red roses on a vanilla background.

Am I raving? Perhaps, but I have just derived so much pleasure from my mosaic birdbaths that I thought I'd share it with you. Just one word before I leave, though: you need to maintain your mosaic birdbath well. So if you live in a colder climate, make sure you protect your birdbath from frost and snow. Also, for cleaning, it is best to use a bleach-and-water combination, but remove all traces of bleach before you allow the birds to bathe. Enough said.

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