I've taken the liberty of starting Part 4 since the other thread was up to 300 posts! I just found Part 3 this morning http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/998886/ and went back and followed the thread all the way from the beginning Amazing photos and wonderful ideas to inspire you to think "UP"!
Holly actually encouraged me to visit the thread because I recently found a unique idea from The Victory Garden using rebar. http://video.pbs.org/video/1372141963/ I "borrowed" this photo of the rebar trellises featured on the show which support Bougainvillea in Robert Irwin's Central Garden at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. I'm not sure if I'm up for spending money to buy 10' rebar this year but I have plenty of 3' pieces laying around and I might try a miniature model before I take the plunge!
I keep thinking about the scraps I have laying around and started looking for other projects to use rebar. Found this site for rebar trellises: http://www.home.earthlink.net/~rebartrees/ I've got a bare wall that's been begging for something vertical for years so I "pasted" one of their designs into this photo - I think I could do this! (Excuse the mess, the picture was taken as a "before" shot the week before the house was painted) The gardens in this area have been neglected for years and the trellis might be the perfect inspiration to get me busy cleaning them up and start planting :)
I've got a few arbors in the garden and I'll be back in the morning to continue the thread. If you've got arbors/trellises in your garden, post them to give us more ideas!
That first one could somewhat be easier and shorter by starting with a conical tomato cage turned upside down and used in essence as a pattern, or even a leaning support, for the rebar. I think I may have to try that. The biggest hurdle I see is bending the rebar so that it looks smooth and uniform around the entire cone.
Quoting:Ric will tell you how to do that a bit later.
I'll be chomping at the bit waiting for the details :) The guy in the video made it look SO easy but I also saw his muscles! I've never had upper body strength and the older I get, the worse it gets :( Now...if I could just figure out how to bend it with my legs - I've got plenty of strength there! LOL
Time for some photos. Not many trellises here but I've put up a "few" arbors and I'm not done yet! This was the first arbor to go up in 2006. We were gettting ready to develop this area and I thought an arbor would be a nice entrance into the other areas of the garden. It took me six months to find the right one (right price, style, etc.) and in October of 2006 it was in place and ready for planting the next spring!
We built a small deck in that area, I call it my "sitting deck". If I ever get the chance to actually sit there at the end of the day, it's a wonderful shady, cool spot with a relaxing view of the Blue Ridge Mountains :) It looked bare though so I thought an arbor over the deck would be nice. I found a DG thread where someone had built a copper arbor and thought it might be something I could do myself. It took me a few months to come up with a design but by March I was ready with a plan!
I did get the arbor started but got sidetracked when our pup got sick and the arbor remained in pieces until I finally got it finished almost two years later! I got frustrated with my first attempts at soldering, tried gluing it and then finally hired a friend to finish it for me last October. It was such a wonderful feeling to finally get it finished and now I'm anxiously waiting for spring to get it cleaned up and plant something to climb up over it!
Long story but I'll try to make it quick :) DH was going away for the weekend and I wanted to tackle this one all by myself and surprise him when he came back three days later. The arbor was easy, drove to Lowes within minutes of his departure to pick it up. I had the sales staff make some of the cuts I needed for the stair stringers and treads and within an hour I was ready to get started! I ran into a few problems with the steps and DH returned home a day early but I had the arbor and the first six steps completed when he arrived :)
However, the bottom set of steps weren't so easy. There was a tree stump in the way, problems with the slope and DH was dragging his heels to help me complete them :( Last spring, a year and a half later, we were still looking at this mess!
Last fall I decided it was finally time to tackle this difficult job and with the help of DH, two days later we finished! It took several attempts to get the stump cut down to a level where the steps would clear it but most of the work was digging into the heavy clay of the slope so we could finish the steps. Unfortunately shortly after completing them we received heavy rain and I had to cover the slope to prevent the soil from washing away :( I did get a few things planted in the area but I'm anxious to get back out there as soon as the snow melts!
Another small arbor was installed last March. We have a Weeping Spruce that was making its way into this path and needed to be "lifted". I didn't want anything massive, just something that would serve the purpose and eventually be almost hidden as the Spruce crawled over it.
I've got plans for one more arbor this year :) I'm developing a new area which I'm calling my "sun garden" because it's the only spot I've got with enough sun to grow some of the plants I've been wanting to plant for some time. This is my "vision" of what it will look like!
And this is where it will be located in the gardens. As Holly and some of you know, I use Photoshop a lot to "dream" about my gardens :) I've placed the arbor in the garden and pasted a few photos of plants I'm planning to include. Now all I have to do is make my dream become a reality!
"Old screens I found at curb side" - good use of recycled material! I'm looking at "junk" in a whole new light since seeing some of the finds on the Trash to Treasure forum :)
I thought that might be Wisteria. I actually planted Wisteria last spring on one corner of where the copper arbor was going in anticipation of finally getting it up! I'm not so sure it will grow very well there though. After watching it over the summer I don't think the area gets enough sun :(
RCN, I noticed those muscles, too. LOL
Artwestallis, I remember seeing that pic of your lovely arbor before but I don't think that I remembered that the green accents were curbside screens. I had a pair of curbside shutters sitting down in my barn waiting to find something to do with them and my Son and DIL scarfed them up for doors on their chicken coop. By the time I figured what they were doing down there it was too late to reclaim them. That "bad" Ric did tell them they could have them, it's not like they just helped themselves.
Not an arbor but a pretty cute chicken house.
I love the rebar trees but can't see the video on how to bend them into shape.
I would love to get the information on how it is done. I actually do have a few 10' rebar poles on hand.
Beautiful inspiring arbors and trellises on this thread and they just keep coming!
Good to know even though we're getting older we're not going blind! LOL That chicken coop is cute even if it using "your" doors :)
sempervirens, give me a few minutes, I read where you couldn't see the video so I went back and took a few snapshots. I'll try to post them here with a few instructions. You never know when the video might just disappear and the information will be useful for me to refer to if I ever decide to tackle this project :)
The rebar you would need to bend will probably be 5/8" D or less. Two ways come to mind: first would be using a pipe or conduit bender which uses a 1" pipe for a handle, the longer the handle the stronger you are. May times you can find one of these used at a flea market tool stand, you should also be able to rent one, and cost can be $18-33. Make a chalk pattern of what you would like on a pavement or such and bend your 1st piece. Set this piece aside and use it as your pattern to prevent duplicating errors. Ric
The second way is to use a bending table method, which doesn't require a table, but 2 strong uprights, heck we have used 2 locust trees to bend things,(a boat trailer, you don't want to know! LOL). You insert the bar between the uprights and as you feed it through pull the bar against the second upright to bend it, this lets you use the entire bar as a lever. If you have a problem getting the bar to bend at the fulcrum (2nd upright), slide a piece of pipe over the bar to use as a handle and reduce the flex in the worked piece. An old bench, heavy picnic table, or deck could be used if you can safely secure 2 pieces of 2x6 to it. Ric
This video shows the principle, the difference is you are the power, and to get a gentle arc requires a lot of feed, tug, feed, tug... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClAafSDMuEQ
The video made it look so easy but now that I'm reading about bending the rebar and have put together the instructions I'm not so sure! I guess before I actually consider trying even a miniature one I'll have to see how easy one of my scrap pieces is to bend.
Regardless, for anyone who wants to try, these are the instructions. Check out those muscles! LOL
Hereís a photo of the the arbor I designed and had built in our yard a few years ago. The vine is Akebia and it was 2 feet tall 2 years before this photo was taken. We have really loved having the swing, and our grand kids are crazy about it.
Thanks so much mike. I'm gonna see if I can find them on the internet. Years ago my grandmother/pa had a wonderful swing that my great grandfather made... sad to say my sister laid claim to it and she then let it sit out and decay. it broke my heart as I was the one that got to swing in it with my grandparents... she never wanted to go visit them...
Thanks Mike we are finally getting ready to build our big arbor and I have been looking at patterns for the top. I have narrowed it down to a couple of designs and I would love to get a closer look at yours. If you won't mind I might copy it.
A man after my own heart - wonderful arbor Mike :) I've been trying to get DH to get the top done on our arbor for years (built in 1997?). Probably would have been done by now if I wasn't so fussy! LOL It's all about the "details" and your design is very similar to the vision I have in my head. Thanks for the close-up - it has a very pleasing curve and might be just what I'm looking for :)
We have a new Arbor. It was made from very old reclaimed wood. Ric got it from an old garage that they tore down, the garage was at one time a carriage house. It sits between the side yard and the Veggie Garden. There are very small variegated box woods on either side planted to make a short hedge. The Arbor is the entrance to the Veggie Garden with small benches to sit and relax. There will be a walkway down to the new greenhouse we are in the process of putting up, with Veggies and flowers growing down each side of the walk.
It has a small brick floor and Ric wanted to put up wire sides. I wanted something more decorative like a lattice side but I am so glad he went with the wire, it looks perfect on the arbor. He has planted runner beans to climb up the wire sides and put a hanging pot with tomatoes and bacopa.
Holly - That looks awesome. Please take a photo of that whole veggie and arbor area when it is done. I love the raised beds. I am planning to go that route as well in the near future. I really love the seating area under the arbor too! Perfect!!!!♥
I really like the idea of the walkways between the raised beds. I may steal your idea in the future! :-) I can't wait to see the photos when your area is done! I bet it will look fabulous and be a very nice veggie garden area!
Thought I would give you an update on the GH area. The floor has been poured and is waiting for a 30 day cure period before we stain it. Another 2 weeks we will start the staining process and then the GH can go up. It was hard keeping Ric from jumping right in as he really wants to get it up. But it will be so much easier to acid etch the floor and stain it without any structure. Here is a link to more pic's of the arbor and GH area. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1185062/
Thought I would post a update on the GH. We stained the floor a few weeks ago, the stain color just didn't look right wasn't near like the color pictured. It is a stain and maybe if we had older grayer concrete it would have looked like the picture but our new white slab didn't. So we added a second color to darken and give it dimension and we are very pleased with it now. The Glads are blooming now and Ric added a bamboo rail to the walkway to keep the Glads off the path. The Red Runner Beans are growing beautifully on the Arbor. As you can see the GH is going up and it is coming along very well.
Holly - That looks amazingly professional and custom made... which of course ... it is! I bet you and your dh are very proud of how nice it is turning out! Lucky you to have a dh who loves working outdoors, too! Makes the work go quicker and better to have the help! I look forward to seeing the greenhouse when it is completed! Love the flooring and colors! Beautiful! ♥
So here is the finished trellis. I planted climbing hydrangeas at the posts and a dwarf box wood between. This is in the Secret Garden area not far from the Arbor. I used a dark stain so it would stand out against the side of the house and match the dark wood of the arbor.
My brother, who lives with us, built this two-seater arbor for me last year. I'm simply ecstatic over it. I've got wisteria growing from both sides, but had to cut it back late fall so that I could paint it in the spring.
Thank you Holly & Roses, yes, I'm truly blessed to have such a talented brother. Funny, I noticed you are both from PA. We're also from PA. My DH and I lived in the Allentown/Bethlehem area and my brother lived further north in Nicholson. DH's job brought us down here to GA about 12 years ago, whereas, my brother came down here 2 years ago for the warmer climate. We sure do miss the PA soil though.
This thread is wonderful and very inspiring. I would love to have an arbor over one of my ponds. My husb. is a retired welder mostly tired but maybe I could get him going on one. Anchoring might be a problem as it would have to be very wide and high and yet withstand our ligtening storms which are usually acompanied by wind. BUT there is usually always a way it you take the time to plan ahead. Went back on this thread to beginning and so glad I did.
Thanks to everyone for the great photos and suggestions.
Hi Bonnie, So glad you dropped by and took the time to tour the thread from the beginning. Did you go all the way back to the first Arbors and Trellises thread? That would have taken a good bit of time but there are just so many beautiful projects and ton's of ideas. I have some pic's of the Veggie Garden Arbor with Hyacinth Bean Vine Growing on it. I will post them later for you.
Yes, went to back to day 1 and definitely worth it.
I used to have hyacinth bean vine on my front fence and they are beautiful. Look forward to your pics.
Told my husb. about arbor and he said on no you've been on those forums again.
Can't you just picture a humped back bridge with a humped back arbor over it covered with creeping fig which doesn't shed by the way but does grow rampant. I have it all over the front and side of my house and when I have to pull it off all the paint will come with it. It will be time to repaint again anyway. Considering I do all that work myself I don't worry about it. Got to do it within 5 years cause I'm 75 now and might not have the pep if I wait too long. LOL
He built a lovely pergola across front entrance to garden 16 feet wide as I often bring tractor or dump truck in when I buy bulk mulch so needed it wide and high. He's slow but builds to last. He can draw blueprints due to being a steel fabricator for so many years. Has size of every board on his diagram. When we were bldg. my last pond in June of 2012 he was running around with a long level and putting in on everthing. Consequently this pond is level which lots of them aren't.
All my pics are on new pond in progress on water garden forum. It wsa hot digging but we made it and now my koi are happy in a larger home. Old pond is not level but fish don't care.
Thanks for all the effort in putting all the pics and info on here. Later I'm going to take a scrap of rebar and put one end in vice and see if I can bend it by hand. Nothing ventured nothing gained.
Isn't it nice to have a handy hubby? I think I have seen some pics of your new pond will have to go back and take another look. I just love creeping fig. It hugs the walls so close that you can still see the contours and detail of what it covers not like other larger plants that cover up everything. It won't grow out side here but I would like to start a topiary with it sometime soon.
Please post a pic of your large lovely pergola across front entrance to garden I would love to see it.
We are still planing a large one at the side of the house a parking and utility area. We have been planing it for years but always seems to get put on the back burner.
HollyA, Fraus and RCN, etc.! Wow! Love the arbors! Rebar got me thinking! Holly, We've been wanting trellis that would look good on front of our cottage. Maybe small version of yours-love square on point at top! Sweet neighbor gave us 2 pcs. plastic lattice:)! I need it for angelwing jasmine. It is starting to go down picket fence (salvaged). We are in Florida-trellis' have insulating value-cuts air bill, so we're all in! Also, doing Aunt a trellis in their backyard, for scuppernong grew from seed off very old farm vine-'thumper' marble size sweet berries! Have to cover 'unsightly' well pump in front of trellis-maybe bench w/shelf for pots? Trellis at back. I'll post before/after of both projects:).
Pic. of our backyard scuppernong vines arbor. Me, DH & Dad painted w/opps paint, built w/scrap wall demo/pieces already in yard, 4x4/2x4roadside & old garden bed boards:)-painted w/opps paint- lol. Paid top $ for some paint-realized there was always a gal. mint color in 'opps'-mixed several from Lowe's/3 walmarts. Sm. $ painted whole house, arbor & 1 old trellis, neighbor gave- added couple new boards, nailed bird house on-sweet dil's grandpa gave, turned it on side, added 2x4's on ends caulked GOOD, 'oops' paint and use for cucumbers + black cap chickadee moved in:)
#1-window box made out if two $1.50 fence pickets and .99cent 1x2:), #2-old trellis painted on side in garden w/bird house,#3&4 our 'salvaged' scuppernong arbor, #5- mostly salvaged picket fence. Took apart-put back w/every other new 6" board cut flush (approx. $1.50 for stock 6" pieces/2 cuts per piece. Salvaged 7 panels, needed 14, spacing 6" and a few new 1x4 for extra backs, gave exactly 14 needed and fence hardware was still on one salvage piece:) Dogs are now safe and 6" gave fence a custom look we love:)-sorry last pic. is sideways. Glad I found this, inspired me to finish other projects:)
Thanks:). I enjoyed everyone's pictures and ideas! Finally my scuppernong has reached the top:)! Good luck on new projects:)
Sharing a few pictures of pink bloomers/leafy things in the garden:)
Vinca, Crown of Thorn cactus?, can't remember pink leaf right now-lol,zephyr lily, ? My 'Baby' pink climber rose:)