Well, I didn't get mine built yet, the big one for the wisteria. Oh I was so close got a materials list made and measurements and then it all got pushed back. Hope to still get it in this summer but since it didn't get built for blooming season, there are other projects to be finished first.
ge1836, love your tiles, did you say your SIL makes them?
Kastrol, Beautiful gardens, especially love the arbor walkway with the roses.
Beadmom, That is a very nice arbor DH is handy, got to love those handy hubbies. I don't have any perennial type plants in containers. I always worry how the containers would do in freeze/thaw we get in our area and if the roots would freeze differently than plants that are buried in the ground. I only have annual plants and vines in containers. There are a lot of annual climbers. But you might check over in the Container Forum for more info on growing clematis or other perennial climbers in pots. I might just follow you over there and see what kind of responses you get.
Correction,tiles were made by the artist who made the sculpture.
SIL will weld frames with legs so I can push the legs into the ground and stand the tiles upright.
I dont want them to lay on the ground and get mud spattered when it rains
Ginger, I have only a 6th floor balcony garden, and I grow 4 clematises. They do beautifully in containers. Three of mine are in almost total shade, but it doesn't seem to bother them and they bloom just fine. Mulch them in the winter with a 2 inch layer of something good in your area. I use pine bark mulch. This is just a plain jackmanii in its second year.
Iris, That looks wonderful just love it and am looking forward to more pics later.
Although we did not get the trellis for the wisteria up we did go today and pick up bricks. We will go back in about 2 weeks to get another load but this load will pave a 10 X 12 + area. The bricks are a replacement for the stone area under the arbor.
ge1836, Climbing hydrangea's are slow staters and I only have a small one there so it will be a while before it takes off, But, The climbing clematis ( I forgot the name of it, It has blue bell shaped flowers on it, But, It's doing quite well and growing strong!) I have 3 clematis varietys on the other side and one is a sweet autumn that I just got so I'm hoping they all take off as time goes on.
KaperC, You are so right, Little touches do make a big difference and thats what will bring this bed out even more later on ( I'm not done with it yet) The hat is a straw garden hat that I picked up to hang there because I thought it would give the bed a little extra character, I wanted white so it wouldn't fade out in the sun.
HollyAnnS, A 10 x12 + brick area ... To Die For!! I just love brick/ stone pavers under an arbor! Please post pics when you can!
I went to a place called Wayside gardens outlit, They had some really nice treliisés for good prices, One was 7 ft. tall and I believe it was $22 (I love the 'tall' ones!) They also had an arbor with front gate for $89. I got some plate tags there for $2.95 for ten ... there are the large ones with the copper tags they were on sale, They normally sell for 6.95 for a bag of ten. They had a lot of nice gardening items for good prices so if anyone lives near a Wayside gardens outlit and has never been, It would be worth you drive to see what they have.
This is a photo that I took quickly today of the right side of the arbor-bed ...It is mostly all raised beds of daylilys, I got 2 more top beds to go on the raised beds and then it will be finished for that side ... This is all by my basement door going out to the backyard, So in the mornings, I get to see all the blooms, Watch all the bird activity at the feeders, watch the hummingbirds come in to drink and just relax in the shade under the gazebo top... The trellis that looks bare had climbing roses on it but they got to big so I had just removed them and will be planting something else probably this weekend.
Love the long view, One of the things I like most is that it invites you to go up the hill and into the yard. Standing at the bottom of the steps kinda of draws you to the top and makes you want to stop at every step and view the garden as you go. It does so much more than just provide the practical means to get to the top. That is what I see just looking at your pics.
Yes I knew I was going to share with DG so I took the vedg garden too.
Her peas are srtung and supported so neatly and the garlic and other vedgs are well tilled.
I love her geese watchdogs.
She has huge compost piles she turns with a front loader
The craft ánd gardening' life is good for the sole!
Really like the collages, If you don't mind ( And I sure hope you dont) May I make a suggestion to you of taking your photos early morning/early evening or take a cardboard ..ape it to a stake, and shadow the plant that you are taking a picture of, This will help keep it from showing the harshness of the strong sunlight ... Just a suggesion, It something that I always try to do and it helps. I think maybe this way, all the photos in your collages will look good and not have any harsh lighting.
ge1836, My opologies, I am suprised that you get harsh lighting for taking photos early in the AM. I was enjoying your collages and the story of the farm and jewelry making and such above and was looking forward to more photos and storys and thought the collages (sp) were really nice and seen some with harshness and was just trying to help in some small way so that all the photos would look great for you... Sorry, My mistake.
What I wrote above was ...take a cardboard ..tape it to a stake, and shadow " the plant " that you are taking a picture of, "Plain Common sense" would tell anyone you can't do a field of poppies with a piece of cardboard, Thats why I had written "plant " in my sentence. A lot of people use cardboard or sun reflectors for the purpose of trying to save there photos from the harshness of the sun. As I said earlier, I was just trying to be helpfull, But, It seems it didn't work that way.
Morning sun can be extremely harsh here in the northeast and I've never lived anywhere but here so I can't compare it to other areas. I use a 5.6 aperture to try and eliminate the glare and the way the sun seems to eliminate detail of flowers, like fine veins. Wish it would eliminate some of my veins...and wrinkles!
pirl, I wanted to mention earlier, Those 'Royal Aspirations' above look gorgeous!
I originally come from the Northeast, Born and raised in Massachusettes, Just moved to the Southern States about 3 years ago.
It is hard to eliminate glare and harshness, Usually, Once it's a certain time of morning, I won't even bother taking any photos. ... " Wish it would eliminate some of my veins...and wrinkles!" LOL! Me Too!
Appologies accepted and think no more of it.
I am normaly taking pictures just as the sun comes up.
GF with poppies wouldnt appreciate me in her yard with the geese honking that early.
I did realize they were over exposed,just have to punt sometimes.
ge1836, Good, And, I wont think anymore of it, ~A lesson learned for me, I will only make helpfull suggestions to people who know me from now on and who know I would only do it out of good intent.
I'm sure gf wouldn't appreciate that honking early in the am. It's almost enough to wake up the dead!
pirl, Worcester. ~Cape Cod is awsome, Been there, Cape May, New Jersey is too, Ever been there?
Know what you mean on learning more about your camera, Had mine almoost 3 years and 'still' learning.
quote: I'll settle for just the wrinkles disappearing and forget the veins. ~ Me Too! LOL!!!
That photo looks painted and is Absolutely Beautifull!!!! Love the compositon on it!!
I even know it's pronounced Wooster! I used to take 290 and 90 to my sister's home in Acton and it's just west of Kassia so I know of the area but don't think I've been in the exact city. Spent part of my honeymoon on Cape May with all the Christmas lights on the decorated homes - beautiful.
Pirl, Your right, It is pronounced "Wooster" there lol!!
Part of your honeymoon in Cape May in Christmas, Must have been soooo beautiful! ~I've been there in the early summer, Camped right on the ocean front there, But, Never been there around Christmas time, I can only imagine how really beautiful it must have looked at that time of year!
Its cloudy and rainy so I doubt there will be pix today.
The Frosted Plum JI,bent over with the weight of the bloom,while trying to stake it I shredded one side.
There are days when gardening doesnt go so well.
I'll wait for a sale on trellises.
The deer got me again.
Not a clean sweep of everything but when a 2 year old garden is so sparing for flowers 3 DL 'buds is a lot.They got 1 here and there of other things .
Liquid Fence Failure.I switched to Repells all.
Circle the entire garden with it and then get closer to the bed. Sorry about the deer: I share your pain because they got 10' of Hosta Plantaginea (see photo) and one entire Limelight hydrangea (all the buds) but not the same hydrangea 3' away where I did use the Repels All. Of course, by then maybe they were full of the hosta!
Sorry this photo isn't the clearest but I was stunned to see the damage. They did not touch Sum and Substance - not a bite!
I've been lucky they don't seem to bother the yard plants. We have them in the woods behind the house most of the time they must have enough vegetation back there to keep them out of the yard. A couple of winters ago a small herd of about 8-12 were coming in and cleaning out the bird feeders even then they didn't bother much of the plantings. Got so bad that I finally put out a corn feeder hate to do anything that will draw them in but they were coming into the bird feeders anyway. Luckily when spring came they stopped coming around. Sometimes you will see them along the hedgerow on the other side of the lane or at my small pond but not often.
This pic is terrible as it was taken thru my sliding glass doors. That blurry bush on the left is my Holly hedge at the edge of the lane.
There is practically no difference between Music Art and Grafitti, they dont grow near each other in the garden.
The web pic for grafitti made it look like a green lily with dark red center.
Now I need a lavander -purple lily in with the Fatas and Music Art. A lily is the only thing that will fit in that space.
I know I've posted a pic of this taken last year but it is blooming again so I thought I would post a this year pic. This is my front entrance right now if your taller than my 5'3" you must duck to just a bit to clear those front blooms. After it is done blooming it will get a hair cut.
I was just looking on B&D lilies and they have a Sumatra but its sold out.
I am looking for OP 's or anything 32" or over.
I might move a Husker Red to the area to relieve the eye of so much yellow.
There will be white Phlox there and some 7 foot white lilies in the background.
That Trumpet vine does take some looking after but I think the display is worth the effort. Right now the hummers are all over it.
Here is a new pic of one of the window boxes, we were late getting these started with this funny spring weather but it is starting to come along.
ge1836, 7ft Lilies? WOW
I just picked up (copied) about 10 lily pix to go with the purple cones that are about to bloom.
I'm looking for some simple form that wont make the 2 lilies in that spot ,look too fussy.
I chose purple rain,funny how we think alike.
I'll put together some combos and dmail
These were supposed to be a recurved yellow throated lily ,name escapes me and B&B took them off their site.
I wrot them they cant ID it so they are the tall white NOIDS
Just measured they are 6 feet.
This is what they looked like last year.Their first year.
Thanks for the heads up.
I usually brighten the stolen pix from garden store websites.
I dont know why they are so dark unless they want an absence of glare from full sun. It makes a bug diff. some dark purplr reds turn into pinks with a touch of peach.
I believe that is what is called (in French) an 'allee' - we want to build one on the path that leads down the hill from our house. In our case, we would probably use grapevines and/or some other mixed vines. They are magical.
My beautiful gazebo that I purchased for a small fortune from Fred Meyer did not survive the whirly thing that blasted through my yard...sooooooo.. since my DH did not heed my warning to stake it down he is now building me a HUGE CEDAR 16 x 16 ARBOR to replace it...
Somehow I forgot to post this photo here. It's Ernest Markham clematis that blooms later for me because I cut it back as often as needed so it won't bloom at the same time azaleas suffer their ugly period after they're finished blooming. So it blooms all summer long.
LOL, your garden must be ever-changing, Pirl! I asked in the other thread about your platycodon in that photo and you said it was now moved... and so is the thalictrum! Your garden map must be a nightmare to keep updated!!! =P
Pirl, I love that idea! I'm going to have to make another trip to our farm supply and have a look around for inspiration. Don't you find that when you look around at the gardening things available, ideas just pop into your head about new ways to plant your favorite plants? Hubby used to not understand this in me, but now he's even taken to bringing home trash he's passed on the side of the road that he thinks I might want to convert to treasure! (If you knew my Tom, you'd realize what a huge change this is!!!) His find of the charred fish chimenea turned fountain was the first part of the inspiration for the wrought iron wall that now is home to so many of my new clems! Now I'm looking for interesting containers... or more specifically something that is not a container now that can become one... to add some of the smaller-growing clems around the gardens.
I have more inspiration for you, Evey, from photos on DG on the uses of cattle fencing and other things like it. I don't know the names of all these products but I do love the results.
Look what Jack bought for me a few years ago and we still haven't installed it anywhere. Now for Jack it's a huge leap in the right direction since he's more prone to throw things out but now he loves all cast iron (loved Coghlan's Gallery in New Orleans!) and wrought iron. Haunt your local wrecking stores and architecural salvage shops for great finds.
Pirl, sadly, most of the salvage stores here don't have much wrought iron because it typically is scrapped for the metal instead of saved for it's beauty. Since New Orleans had one of the primary iron yards in the country for a very long time, we have a large amount of iron on the older homes in our area. Perhaps people don't value it's beauty as much because it's so frequently seen here. You have to catch the older iron while it's still sitting in someone's side yard or individual trash pile.
Hi All, I haven't posted much but have been following along and enjoying the pics. I like that arbor of cocoa lulu's I've been looking at those long tunnels and thinking where can I put one of those. Not sure yet but I'll keep thinking about it. LOL
Here is an updated pic of my window boxes, don't think you have seen them since they filled out.
cocoalulu is a great gal, talented and w/ a great sense of style. She hasn't posted much lately, I miss her contributions.
Arlene, a local nursery used an iron headboard and made it into a green bean trellis in a raised veggie bed. The owner told me they tacked rebar at the bottom of the headboard to make it taller. They sank it in the dirt and voila. I have a pic of it somewhere, no telling when I'll be able to find it. If/when I redo veggie beds, I will definitely use that idea. Another item they used was pairing two of the metal rose trellises together. again, tacked some rebar for height. When the climber whatever is not growing, you have a real artistic element in the veggie garden.
We went to NOLA pre Katrina and our fiends brought back a couple of small pieces of Wrought Iron. Ric and I walked the Garden District snapping pics of the decorative work. Just beautiful.
Ric, has been dragging things home from other peoples trash piles for years and we get some very usable things that way. Metal beds especially daybeds are pretty easy to scoop up and the metal angle iron that is in bed frames comes in very hand for many projects.
Thank you KasperC, I just could not remember the proper name for that. We have room to put one just not sure how I will fit it into my future garden plans. I was thinking you could make a nice shaded arbor with a bench using the same materials. By attaching the panels longer down the back and shorter in the front. Spray painting the metal would give it a more finished look.
We want to keep the sides open for air movement and to avoid cutting the garden in half, so we're planning on using the grapevines and just weaving them together (pleaching?) instead of using the wire sides. DH thinks he will use cemented-in posts with rebar for the structure. He's the eng-i-neer, so I'll leave that to him. ^_^
It means pulling out some substantial plants, but things have changed since we started!
...and if you're like the rest of us, you'll be pulling up established plants as long as you garden..and things will constantly be changing !
Has anyone ever seen the old movie "The Bad Seed" with Patty McCormack ? (circa 1962...) She makes numerous references throughout the movie about their "Scuppernong Arbor" (a type of grape, I think...)
She was this diabolical child killer with blonde braids and as vicious as a viper. She thought she had everyone fooled, but could worm her way out of everything with her ingratiating manner.
Without spoiling the movie, there's one scene where her mother confronts her about her involvement in a childs drowning at a picnic she had been to. She attempts to change the subject and says, "Mother...may I go sit under the Scuppernong Arbor? It's so nice and shady there...and you can see me from the window..."...yada yada yada...(this kid had no conscience and would plot her evil deeds while sitting under the Scuppernong Arbor...all the while pretending to be this angelic little thing...
Anyway, in the film they show the arbor and it looks just like what is being discussed here...
When I'm in the garden I think my childhood returns. Or is that my second childhood? Last week I kept going under the sprinkler, due to the heat, and it's really hard not to smile after getting drenching wet.
Now if I just had a Scuppernong Arbor to plot some evil deeds...but I do well enough on the computer.
I didn't realize that movie was that old. I first saw it in 1962 when I was in the second grade. I remember my older sisters using the line "What would you give me for a basket of kisses ? " then they told me that's where the line came from. That film has a sort of cult following these dyas.
I always thought that Jay North, who played Dennis the Menace, could have been Patty McCormack's brother.
We called them "towheads" - anybody know where that came from? My brother was one - the only blonde in the family.
OK, had to go look it up:
[quote]tow headed is literally "flaxen haired". This meaning of tow comes from Middle Low German touw (which means "flax, hemp fiber"). This probably went back to the prehistoric Germanic base *tow-, *taw "make, prepare" (source also of English tool), in the sense "make yarn from wool; spin". [/quote]
Here are Kate and Brad before their first plane ride. Kate's in 5th grade and her hair is just beginning to get a bit darker. Brad's in 3rd grade and still bright blonde... and missing a few front teeth!
By sheer chance, I saw this thread come up on the active list of threads spotlighted on DG. The title of the thread got my attention! I love vines! All kinds! So the minute I saw Arbors and Trellis ... I popped right on over here. I think the title should also include "Pergola" too! First off, I just have to say what an excellent thread topic this is! Second, I am very impressed with all the beautiful vertical structures everyone has created! They are amazing!! And third, thanks for some absolutely inspiring ideas!
I have a sloping backyard and have been wracking my brain on how to create beds down the slope. Thanks to IRIS for the fabulous step-up garden beds! That is exactly what I need to build! What a great idea!!! Yours looks beautiful. And guess what ... I have lots of daylilies that I grew from seed this year that would find step-up garden beds the ideal location to thrive and bloom! I love your pathway, too! And your arbor is beautiful! WOW! Perfect!!!
So many unique ideas on these 3 threads! I am wanting to build a small pergola at the back of my house that currently looks so bare in that area. I already have Sweet Autumn clematis growing and blooming in two pots. I want to plant them in beds at the sides of the pergola and let them climb up and over the top of this small pergola that I have already planned out in my mind. But I couldn't figure out how to add seating to that pergola until I saw someone's photos of the benches attached to two sides of the pergola. That is exactly what I am going to build. But I am also going to add built-in small tables attached to the benches that will be built right into the 2 sides of the pergola. That will give me a place to place drinks, magazines, even a container of potted plants!
I can not tell you how many great ideas I got from just these 3 threads! Thank you. :-)
My dh and I used a concrete mold to create a cottage stone outdoor patio. Then we added a picket fence around the patio, added garden beds along the fence, and built an arbor to top it all off! Going through the arbor leads out to my butterfly and hummingbird garden. My idea is to create several different garden rooms in my backyard. I want to eliminate most of the grass and replace with paths and garden beds. I want more arbors, trellises, and something to divide the rooms ... be it shrubs, fencing, or short walls made of stone or whatever I can get my hands on for cheap! LOL!
Art, I LOVE your front gate! That is so pretty and inviting. I have fond memories of Milwaukee... my grandmother was from Wisconsin. She was the youngest of 13 children in her family, so we spent a lot of summers up there with my grandparents, visiting her brothers and sisters in Milwaukee, Lake Mills, Waterloo, and all points in between!
Becky, your garden is beautiful. You have the makings of a lovely and intimate cottage garden going there. Thanks for sharing your inspiration!
Art great pictures your vines will look great
Becky I thought I was a pretty good gardener but DavesGarden has expanded my garden visions quite a bit.When you see what dozens of gardeners do to solve ugly space problems It inspired me to work with areas I would never thought of
Art, Really love that gate to the back garden How much nicer than an open walk thru. I wonder how much sun does your wisteria get between the buildings. Maybe that is why it hasn't bloomed yet? I would love to have a climbing Hydrangea but haven't picked a good spot for one. I would love to grow one on the side of the house but I think they like a shadier area and I'm not sure it would do well there. Looks like your new pergola is pretty sunny? I've been reading where plants that usually grow in the shade in more southern climes can do well in the sun in a more northern clime. I was wondering how your hydrangea is doing and how much sun has it been getting?
Becky, Lovely garden, The fence and arbor are beautiful and I can see the patio you made with the concrete mold. Really looks good, how big is it?
During the summer I would 6-7 hours less on the base of the plant, The hydrangea I was told should do well for the climate and locating being zone 5 with the amount of sun. And need the gate to keep dogs in the yard.
Art, I am hearing that the zone or geographical location can make a big difference in the light requirements. I'm in Pa. with a zone 6. Think I should go on over to the vines and climbers forum and ask a few ?? about growing them in my zone. Perhaps I can get my wall of climbing hydrangea. I have a west facing wall that is shaded all morning but gets hit with afternoon sun.
HollyAnnS - My outdoor patio is about 11' x 15'. Not very big, but perfect for my dh and I and visitors. I eventually want to move the PVC table and chairs to another area out in my yard and put a smaller table set on the patio. The PVC furniture is just too big for that area.
I love all the vines that everyone is growing on their vertical structures. I wish I could grow roses here. They do not do well here in this heat at all unless they are in containers. I have 3 small bushes in containers right on that patio. Knockout Red, Knockout Pink, and Blush Pink. All bushes with smaller blooms. I grow Passifloras, Corkscrew, Morning Glories (my faves!), gourds, Blue Sky, etc. are the ones that I am growing in my gardens.
What is your favorite vine or climbing plant and why?
Well, well, isn't that just a perfect picture! I love how you got color echoes from fencing! Is that the low vinyl fencing purchased in 10' sections? Now I may have to replace my old picket fencing and I'll know where to put my Venosa Violacea that's been waiting 18 months for the perfect spot.
Thanks for a terrific idea!
I believe BlissfulGarden (Evey) has a site or a list with all the clematis that do well in hot zones. You could Dmail her to find out.
Hello everyone. Yes, Holly Ann, the geographical location does make a difference for hydrangeas. Here in the South, the summer sun is so strong that I have to limit sun exposure from 6am thru 11am or 12pm. Exposures past 12pm+ will scorch the hydrangea leaves that are in direct contact with the sun and make the leaves turn completely yellow (like when they have iron chlorosis but the leaves are all yellowed out, including the veins).
But you are in the northern half of the country and that means you are lucky because the climber hydrangea will do well in the conditions that you describe. Generally speaking, H. anomala petiolaris will be happy in either full sun or shade but that is mostly in the northern states and some middle of the country ones. As you get closer to the Gulf of Mexico, the leaves will suffer a little and the blooms may brown out much faster due to our intense sun and hot temperatures...
You could also review Schizophragma hydrangeoides (or S. hydrageoides Roseum) as it has slightly larger white lacecap blooms (Roseum has rosy-colored bracts and a rosy tinge in the outer sepals) but since it does not produce as much bloomage as Petiolaris, I rarely mention it. Petiolaris just looks so much more impressive when packed full of open blooms! All three are hardy on your zone.
Luis, Thank you so much for the info. Looks like I will be getting a much desired plant and Ric will be building a new trellis. If the house was brick I would probably let it climb the wall like those I have seen in N.C. but with vinyl siding we will need to come up with something suitable. Maybe a bench trellis combo. This side yard has remained un-planted for years. Plans for a small formal garden just haven't been realized, yet. A trellised climbing hydrangea on the house wall would fit in very well.
One of the things I love most about DG is the exchange of ideas that lead to new possibilities. Thank you all for the insight.
Can't tell much from this pic but this is the area. You come from the front of the house thru the arch in the clipped yew and across to a gate at the other end that enters the lower back yard. This small side yard is bordered by the veggie garden on one side and the house on the other side.
Lucky you, a veggie garden. I have been meaning to re-start a veggie garden for some time. The dogs made it impossible with their digging. The organic amendments must aso smell good because they liked to poke thru the little fence that, really, did no help to protect the ole veggie garden. Since I buy them often at Wally World, I have been thinking about planting butternut squash next or maybe the regular yellow squash. I have something growing out there right now. Not sure what it is but probably another type of squash. Comes out on its own yearly and reminds me of watermelon.
Oh, maybe I should try that too. A coworker who passed away, once commented of several varieties that he used to grow from seed that were excellent. And so much better than those sold at grocery stores but... they could not be commercially transported without the inside suffering problems. He may have mentioned the name but I forgot.
The veggie garden was a moderate success this year. About 3 years ago I decided that it was time to clean up the old veggie garden that was left to go to perennial weeds years ago. Every so often we would mow it down but never really weeded it. We had been cleaning out a spot here and there for pumpkins or some other fun plant. Then about 3 years ago I realized that I would loose my asparagus bed if I didn't take action and got serious. Each year we have cleared out a bigger area this year it is almost back to the original size. Tonight we had fresh Brussels sprouts picked just an hour before dinner.
Asparagus sound good. I want to try butternut squash too. I am not a fan of brussels sprouts myself but I still order them once every two months or so at the cafeteria in the building where I work. Since I eat broccoli and cauliflower often, I should try to grow them but, eeeeh, then I remember the pooches and I do not know if those two veggies would last. Hee hee hee! And Sigh...
Wrens tore out the nest in June and raised their family in there. After the first family most houses are abandoned. This one hase been empty since late July.
The morning glories were so charming I just had to take a picture.
How's your back Pirl?
As I've heard birds won't come to a used nest so it has to be cleaned out but I've never done it. I've also taken down bird houses because I find it much too upsetting to see the crows grab the babies and fly off. That's no way to start the day.
The back isn't bad at all but the sciatica at my waist line to my feet is agony. I sit here and twirl in my chair for the first two hours of the day to loosen me up. I have to twirl in the opposite direction, too, or I'd probably spin out of control and end up on your doorstep!
I have resisted using arbor/trellis to hide the ugly electrical stuff b/c I was told it wasn't allowed and that crews would destroy whatever vine/rose/etc if they needed to work there and did not have to ask for permission. Does anybody know if this is really a fact?
TXPuddy, I'm not a vine lover but can appreciate your pretties.
From my experience, meter readers, cable people, phone co. workers, etc. etc. will DESTROY anything and everything in their path to get to whatever it is they need to work on or inspect. They're like bulls in a china shop...and they don't CARE what damage they do.
Here, you have to keep a 3 foot access clearance area for servicing and reading of electric and gas meters. They only go crazy on you if it's a pain for them to access the meter, so not everyone follows the 3 foot rule to a Tee.
Thanx Pirl your my best supporter.
A GF keeps exclaiming and whining about how her gardens just arent doing as well. I know she is baiting me for a dollar amount that I have spent on plants in the past 2 years.
I just tell her she could have gone on a world tour for what is in the garden.
Mind, she seldome cultivates, weeds, fertilizes,uses compost or spends anything on pesticides.
Some people love to see pretty gardens but just don't have the ability to create them. They take bits and pieces of pictures and try and put them together. Sometimes that can work but it's the owners who generally pick the wrong plants for the wrong places that make such gardens horrors.
Its all I have to do so for an" A " obcessive type personality ,finding gardening saves my sanity.
The wintes are terrible but I will take the time to design my coleus containers and ,take cuttings from plants in the house.
I bought a house w/ my children. 2 years ago.Moved from a house I worked at to keep it from disolving,when the kids went to work, I stood on the deck,in a new place and wondered "What am I going to do for the next 15 years" I found gardening was just the ticket as I am not a volunteer type and am much older than the women in the new neighborhood.
Maybe it comes from looking at magazines for so many years before the internet came along but it really is nice to look at photos, get ideas, dream about how we can try it in our own gardens, that can use up hours on nasty days.
Oh yes! One winter I even sorted through all the photos and put them in alpha order and then they went into clear vinyl sleeves...then came the internet and I've never gone back to the pictures. Magazines galore, garden plans filling many binders, cut out photos and articles clogging my storage space, books I've looked at a few times and then put to the side, stacks of orders to be filed and so much more. No worries here in this room about being OC about such things. Life is too short.
I save DG pictures that inspire me and others that definitely don't inspire me but serve to warn me that it could happen to me if I don't take care of what I have. A photo of a beautiful plant, surrounded by foot tall weeds, can get me out weeding so fast! Clutter in the background of many photos is a constant reminder to leave the garden each day so there is no clutter.
Some of the dahlia photos are so beautiful that I put them on my want list immediately.
ge, The garden is looking good.
First thought when I saw the pic was "I'd hate to be the meter reader" LOL
There are some areas with meters where they just drive by the house and point a receiver towards the house and pick up a signal to get the reading.
We are going to pick up another 500 or so used brick this week. Some of you may remember my driveway project with the brick patio and large trellis for a good sized wisteria. It was put on hold due to Ric's hand injury earlier this summer. His hand is doing very well now. I don't expect us to start the trellis before next spring but this second load of brick will give us enough brick for the project.
Also there was talk in one of the threads (maybe garden art) about using bicycles as accent pieces in the garden. I had thought that would be the prefect trellis for my Goldflame Honeysuckle. I have been working on a new bed 4ft X 46ft that runs along side the Veggie garden. I will be moving the Honeysuckle into that bed and looking for the right old bike. I have an old pink racing bike stored in the barn that I may decide to use unless I find something I like better.
Someone just HAD to mention stacks of gardening magazines, didn't they ?
Every time I open one closet, there they are...and there they'll most likely remain...the thought of going through every one and cutting out pictures is daunting to say the least ! It's so much easier to look online anyway.
JoAnn: Your garden is stunning. I love your collages.
I have more pictures of pirl's garden than I do of my own ! LOL
...and to think I swore I'd never get a computer...
My dad was well into his 70s when we got him a computer. He never did get along too well with it, but he tried and did manage to use it for a while. Those poor Gateway support techs earned their money. :-)
If you check out those smaller laptops that are now in the market selling for $399 or so, make sure she can read the screen. My mother has a "big ole" 14-inch laptop and still has problems looking at stuff now and then.
I just realized something... "tomorrow I leave France" ??!?!? You are in France now? What a great time to be there, temps should have cooled off and many plants should be showing off their Fall Colors! Enjoy Ireland too!
The weather in France was fabulous! The weather in Ireland was great until today...But yesterday I spent ALL DAY at Powers Court Gardens. All other times I have been on a tour and only allowed 1 hour for the gardens. This time I booked a B & B 2 kilometers from there so walked over yesterday and spent the whole day. The roses were PHENOMENAL.
Ohhh, I was at Powerscourt Gardens back at the end of June, only had one day in Dublin (before going to Germany, with stops in Switzerland, one day in Copenhagen, an evening in France and 3 days in Iceland) so we drove out in the country. Overcast that day too!
and to stay on track, here's s trellis I spotted on a house back in May, personally, I think it's a too dark and heavy looking for this house but I am sure if something grows on it and fills in in, it will be perfect.
Nice look with those tiles. I once considered it for my ranch style house but I was told that the weight of the tiles would be a problem in my house. Say, how often do you clean the chimneys where you guys live?
Our winter is usually so blah compared to yours that I would say the fireplace is used: "not" in most winters; maybe 5 times a years max. So cleaning the fireplace happens like every 5 years. I wonder what is "the rule" supposed to be. Hmmmm...
Beautiful rose and arbor, cedarcottage. Thanks for sharing... and welcome! I am wondering what type of arbor you have with your climber. Is that a wooden arbor or a PVC one? How long has it been erected? It looks so fresh and clean! Evey =)
Nery, my New Dawn was absolutely PATHETIC at two years old and now it's a bloom machine and scrambling across the chains quite nicely. I also did like cedarcottage and pruned it severely at 2 years, as I have done with all of my climbers. New Dawn truly lives up to the old saying of "sleep, creep, leap" for roses!
hi I just browsed through all three threads, I'm in awe of everybody's arbors & trellises, here's my newbie attempt at roses...my husband built the arbor for me as a mother's day gift. How long will it take for the climbing rose to look like all of yours? :)
Lynnie, there's an old saying that I'm sure you'll see all over the boards. I have found it to be true, without fail, for my roses. "First it sleeps, then it creeps, then it leaps." This is directly transferrable to the years in the ground... Year one it sleeps, year two it creeps, year three it leaps. Don't feel discouraged until the end of the third season if your baby is still just sitting there taunting you with no growth or bloom!
nery lol @ ''Maybe it needs a fancy arbor like cedarcottage's.'' it will definitely need an arbor of some kind .. my new dawn has covered the arbor and then some, if it sleeps creeps leaps then im in trouble . i have a standard size arbor and i put 2, one on each side... i always think things wont grow so i put extra or put things close. i really only needed one lol . here it is in the beginning of last may .. i planted them the previous may . they were from chamblees.
lol i dont mind.. i like the packed look . i added even more stuff , this yr, some summer bulbs the new coneflowers milkshake and the other white puffy one.. i added an arch going over the path right where the window on the garage is. still working on the path, i was going to do gravel but in the spirit of my plants everywhere theme i decided to do a ground cover path with stepping stones. thats just behind the garage. dh built me a pond that need finishing touches. i just cant wait till spring .
Welcome Cedarcottage, Beautiful arbor and roses. My White Dawn is second year in the ground and still creeping wonder what it will look like next year? My America rose, planted at the same time and on the same fence, has been going gang busters and still has blooms.
Lynnie, What a thoughtful and lovely Mother's Day gift. Your roses look great.
Iris, Beautiful garden.
thanks nery, i wish my camera wasnt broken(about to be fixed if i ever remember to send it out) so i could show you what it looks like now. it will be a fence eater. i saw one at the western ky botanical gardens and it has canes as big around as my wrist. it was enormous. i got really nervous because i wont be able to get into my back garden if it even gets half that big, there was this other massive rose about 8ft tall and 4-6 wide i was like wow whats that... it was heritage which i have in front of my house at 2 ft tall . whoops lol i guess i need to trust the listed sizes huh
hollyanne thats so crazy that your america is growing and nd isnt. my america hasnt grown an inch in 2 yrs, blooms great but wont grow. i treat it the same as all the others. maybe ill have to give it some extra alfalfa tea.
lynn new dawn is a fence eater and it has claws like a lion. cl cecil brunner is also a fence/house eater . it has smaller blooms and less if any thorns. neither of mine have thorns yet .
Iris, They are the only roses I have in the yard. In the past I haven't done well with roses then a couple of years ago I thought I might give them another try. Inspired by a DG thread on growing Roses and Clematis together. There are 2 America and 3 White Dawn (bought from a DG Co-op) planted on the split rail fence in the front yard. Both of the America are out growing the White Dawn.
There is also a purple clematis growing in with the America. Not completely sure which one The President possibly. I had put a couple of very small clematis out there but only one is growing and last year it only had one or two blooms. I will be planting more clematis next year.
I made a mess of clematis around my mailbox. I was having trouble getting anything to grow there, so I planted 3 of them and now I have no idea what to do with them. One has taken over, one put a single flower out each year, and I'm not sure what happened to third. It probably ran away.
Here is a pic of the whole fence. Hard to really see but the White Dawn are planted between the America. Give them a couple of years and hopefully the fence will be full. You can see my entrance Arbor with the trumpet vine in this pic.
Lynnie, I would say that is about right. In the first pic you can see my Lamppost bed it has 4 different Clem growing in it. The largest and oldest on the post The President and then the newer ones on the smaller trellises. Multi-Blue, Ramona were planted in the fall of 2007 and Snow Queen was planted in Spring 2008. In this picture you can see that they are growing well and have a few blooms. Next year they should really look good.
I have a before and after thread from last year with more pictures and shows the trellises that Ric built. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/839411/
Thanks Lynnie and Ge, Ric and I have put a lot of work into the front yard in the last few years since we retired. I had tons of ideas and the discussions here on DG expanded some of my original ideas. It is really nice to have the time to garden to my hearts content. We have several large projects planed for the back yard and once they get started I will be able to expand the beds out back.
Boy, am I slow getting "here"! Not sure how I missed these wonderful threads but Holly sent me over here to post a link for an idea I saw on The Victory Garden. I've just finished going through all three threads - wonderful photos!! I've got some pics of my own to share but thought maybe it's time to start a new one?
Zuzu, what do you think, time for #4? I'll wait to see if you start a new one and then post the link, some of my photos and a few ideas I've got up my sleeve :)