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Paths - bits and pieces

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

We have a local nursery with an "Idea Garden", which I love to stroll in all seasons. Their plants are wonderful and color combinations are great but it's the paths that show such imagination.

In the past I've saved every odd brick, interesting piece of bluestone or slate, even granite chunks, to create something "different". I've done a few minor projects but nothing huge...yet.

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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

I love the landing outside of a nursery greenhouse - photo #1

#2 through 4 show what I did with the old hoops from old wine barrels. My husband made the white wood "tomato box", at each side of the garage doors, so I have access to tomatoes, even when it's raining. The 4th photo is another "hoop art" feature that I use as foot space so I can tend plants in that garden.

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Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL(Zone 7b)

Pork,, love your paths. Also the rocks in the wine barrel hoops are wonderful.
I have an old clawfoot bathtub with no feet. I am thinking I need to set it up with my water lily someone sent me last year.

Thanks for the great ideas.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Here's a source for new claw feet for your tub:
http://www.oldhouseparts.com/plumbing_fixtures_2.htm

Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL(Zone 7b)

Thanks. I will check it out now.

Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL(Zone 7b)

Just realized my stupid phone auto corrected your name to pork.. so sorry.. I really did type in Pirl. Saved it so now it will do right in the future.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

It was a first for Pork, though others have typed Pril, Phil and assorted odd names!

Just found two more paths at the nursery, Trimble's:

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(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

I REALLYY love paths and wish I could do more of them. Uneven footing is soooo dangerous for my husband that unless it's an area I never expect him to be, I do not DARE put a path down. But I can oohhh and awww at everybody else's!!

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

I prefer flat myself. Some paths just invite weeds so putting down some weed fabric first is a good idea.

The fourth photo, in the initial post, has one rock that would frighten me even if I knew it was there. It's just too high to be practical.

Just went looking for a specific photo and didn't find it but I did find two more works of art I love.

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DeLand, FL(Zone 9b)

Pirl,
Your pathways are just plain inspirational!
David

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Thanks, David. They aren't my paths - wish they were. Most were taken at local nurseries.

I love the ones with the tiny stones and patterns but I'm not sure I'd have the patience to do it...though it is so tempting.

DeLand, FL(Zone 9b)

Well Pirl,...Then thanks for sending your pics! I agree with you that they are fun.

Dahlonega, GA

Fixing to lay one . Love those ideas .

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

So many ideas, so little time!

Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL(Zone 7b)

Digger come to my place,, I have 2+ acres to make paths on...LOL

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

That's my future plan - make all paths wider and wider until there are no gardens, no lawns, just a lot of pretty paths!

DeLand, FL(Zone 9b)

That would be a dream... I want to do the same! I have so many plants all I have is nuisance grass pathways anyway... Those paths would save a lot of edging and mowing time here!

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Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Beautiful pathways Pirl ~ thanks much for sharing the photos and ideas.

I need a path/patio in front of the greenhouse door and this style would be delightful. I have old brick, walking stones, etc. Now I just need the manual labor, time, back.... lol Wishing I was younger for projects like these.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

David - they are such dreamy photos. Be sure to enter them in the Landscaping category in the annual DG photo contest held in October.

Me, too, Kristi! It's easy enough to dream of paths and admire what others can do and quite another to do all the work.

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

David, i especially like your carosal horse. Is it a cheapy spring horse you painted or something "fancier"?

Dahlonega, GA

Gardens to die for . I'm too afraid of copperhead snakes to plant that heavy . We have them around our place in Georgia and here in Texas too . Not a winter here or a summer there in Ga without at least one kill in the yard .

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Eeeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkk!!! Color me GONE!!! LOL

Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL(Zone 7b)

I have seen snake skins here,, but no snakes. They leave me alone and I leave them alone. Works for me.

DeLand, FL(Zone 9b)

You are exactly right Pat! It is and old rubber hobby-horse. I should add him to T2T and tell his story...

Digger, we are really fortunate here. In our area the only snakes we have around a lot are King snakes (Black snakes) and while they get long, aren't dangerous and keep other snakes away.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

I'm with Pat regarding snakes.

There was a funny story (funny to anyone who didn't have the experience) here on DG about a woman who wanted to water a plant, spotted the hose and went to lift it up...but it was a snake, not a hose. I think most of us who fear snakes could understand her shock.

David - please tell us the carousel horse story.

Dahlonega, GA

David , I'm not afraid of snakes , even had local ones for pets . I don't reach in places that I can't see . That garden is what I always wanted , but have no nerve walking close to low growing shrubs and grasses where I cant see what's there . I protect non venomous snakes . I also live in the woods .You are so fortunate .

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