If someone would mention the words “rusty bath tub”, what would you envision? In my mind’s eye, I’d see one of those old-fashioned tubs with clawed legs – the kind my grandmother had in her Chicago bungalow. When those turn-of-the-last-century Victorian bathrooms get re-modeled, wherever do those claw-legged tubs go? The mint-condition vintage bath tubs may find new life in high-end decors. The not so “gently used” of them might find homes in the gardens of those with an eye for antiques and a green thumb where many a tub, I’m sure, get a few rust spots they may not have previously shown.
So now we arrive at bird baths guaranteed to rust. Why would anyone, birds included, want to bathe in or sip from a rusty tub? Well, a few years ago I would have put an old rusty bird bath at the end of the driveway on trash collection Tuesday. I would never have purchased one. But since becoming acquainted with bird supply stores, I’ve seen my share of signs on some models of display bird baths that proudly say, “Guaranteed to Rust”. What’s up?
As it turns out, minerals released by the rust in those bird baths really are good for the birds! Yeah! They make them to rust on purpose! That Victorian-tub look can extend to your garden easily with the addition of a graceful bird bath that is guaranteed to rust. While some metals may be toxic to birds, tin (not galvanized), steel and iron (not treated with antirust paints) are not toxic. Truth be told, the birds don’t mind one way or another. The next time you wander into your local bird supply store, you might look for Victorian guaranteed-to-rust bird baths just for fun. I’d love to have one in my atrium garden. But then again, I would love to have an atrium garden.
Anyway, if this post inspires you, find rusty antique Victorian claw-legged bath tubs on eBay.