very nice! Good photos of the arbors! Thanks for sharring and please share a photo of the one you decide to build when its done!
Let's See Your ARBORS and TRELLISES! Part 2
I like the lights going straight across better, but, It's nice that way too! ...Nice stained glass? In the photo!
Iris, that's a great pic of your LB flowers. JD, I have the WORST time trying to get photos of our LB, it just doesn't show up well. I tried growing a native clematis through it, but it didn't work, now I'm having to pull it all out. What a pain. It's just about in full bloom now, so you can see it next week.
Great arbors, everyone. We are planning one, too, but it's way down on the 'to do' list.
It's probably the hardest thing i have to take good photos of. The blooms blend in too much with the vine it's planted with, and if I try to get a good shot, I have to stand under it and aim the camera at the sky...and that doesn't work either.
The fact that I'm an abyssmal photographer doesn't help matters any, either ! LOL
Beautiful report Holly
I really liked the curved top on the trellis you are not considering.
ge, I did too, and Ric and my guys certainly have the talent to build it. But it would be very labor intensive and I have a lot of other projects I want done this summer. Don't want him expending all his energy on just one. LOL
Holly, I like the 'more projects' idea lol!
Pirl, Thanks! Great photo! I did look it up and your photo is pretty good compared to some of the others I have seen, Seems a lot of different bugs like this vine and people say they end up with a lot of holes in there leaves, Don't like that idea.
Iris, There is always another project. LOL This summer's list, we will be starting with the easiest projects and working thru to the biggest. Trellis over driveway, expand patio and flower beds around gazebo, level brick and replace RRties in old raised brick and RRtie patio and start greenhouse. Don't know how many we will get done the first 2 for sure, I expect the old patio should get done, it was the last project on last summers list. The footer for the GH should get done when we do the patio work. If we could get the walls and roof up on the GH I would be over the moon.
HollyAnnS, Thats for sure!! Projects never end! Sounds like you got a lot planned, But, I got a feeling your gooing to get most ( If not all) of it done this year! :) ... Look forward to photos when you do!!
thx for the flower show pics.
I think they copied by giant grape vine trellis idea ;-0 lol!
Just saw this trellis pic on another forum and found it particularly beautiful:
Found this one on the Hypertufa and Concrete forum, I am in major lust! Make sure to click the link for the progress shots, even the flagstone floor is a piece of work!
I can't imagine the work involved even after seeing the photos.
Both of those arbors are beautiful. Got to go and read about the concrete one. that thing is amazing.
It looks like a lot of rebar for reinforcement and shaving and sanding while damp.
Goodness, I have sculpted a lot of things, and been covered from head to toe in clay a time or two, but sculpting in concrete isn't something I would trust myself doing. I would become part of the arbor, enshrined in concrete. It is gorgeous, though. Maybe I could lay the stone. Nah, too heavy.
Great pictures, all of you. I love this thread.
Oh that is beautiful! Love how you incorporated the metal piece, gives it a very artistic touch.
Thank you CalifSue. That metal piece is the back of a commonly-available garden bench. The bench belonged to a late friend and the wooden parts had rotted. It has a hummingbird/flower design. So DH incorporated it into the gate/arbor as a memorial. It was a great recycling thing as well as a sentimental gesture, I think. He even curved the top of the gate to match the curve in the metal (look closely and you can see the holes where the bolts were fastening the metal to wood bench parts).
I have been lurking for quite awhile and am really enjoying this thread. I have to comment cedar18 on that beautiful arbor and the story behind it..both are beautiful.
Cedar18 - that is beautiful! I told my DH about it and have to get him in here to see it. I love the sentiment and the curve, too.
Thanks dellrose and pirl. I'm glad you were touched by it. The late friend was my BF's husband and it means a lot to her that this little part of her and husband's life and garden was preserved. Just think how many of those metal bench-backs end up in landfills! Another idea was to mount it on pieces of rebar legs and use it in the garden as a plant support for low vines or blowsy perennials like asters ( a sort of 'iron headboard' look).
Great ideas. If I ever see one heading towards the dump I'll grab it. I do love all kinds of cast iron and a lot of wrought iron as well.
Cedar...I love that idea of adding legs to it also. I have to start looking around for more stuff to make some trellis, this thread has given me so many ideas.
Thanks for all of them.
Cedar, that is a lovely idea and a great piece of work by your DH, too.
I think it's my very favorite garden gate ever.
DH did come in when I had the picture ready to show him and he, too, was impressed.
Oh that is soooo lovely! Both the design and sentiment are wonderful. I really like the way the curving lines of the metal soften the entire look.
Reminds me of the old carpenter's theory:
The square for duty: the curve for beauty.
pirl, we had never heard that saying, but it's great.
ge, wow. Those are gorgeous. I'm sure they will be a wonderful artistic element in your garden.
Learned it from an old craftsman.
Gorgeous, ge! I'm sure you'll always enjoy them.
Spring fever is here but the weather isn't cooperating. I bought five more trellises (four short, 1 taller with brass bells, no less) yesterday.
I'm going nuts too, and the transplanting cant start itl the hostas show up. might be another three weeks.
ge- I can only imagine how it would be if I were to transplant to a colder zone. Our hostas are couple of inches tall and I'm outside dividing and moving perennials. July and Aug. are hot and humid here, but I do love the early spring and long fall.