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RE: Climbing Hydrangea-Lots of ?? (Follow-Up #45)

posted by: gardengal48 on 02.27.2009 at 12:51 pm in Hydrangea Forum

I know this is an old thread but since it was recently resurrected, I'd like to clarify some possible misconceptions. The species Hydrangea anomala is a climbing form of hydrangea, as are all of its subspecies. There is not a "shrub form" per se - it and any of the subspecies can be grown as a shrubby groundcover simply by letting them cascade over themselves rather than training them up a support. Unless pruned, they too can reach a very impressively large size over time. And there is no species called Hydrangea petiolaris - it is correctly Hydrangea anomala ssp. petiolaris.

caligal, rather than H. anomala, I'd suggest you consider one of the evergreen climbers, H. seemanii or integrifolia. These are not nearly as cold tolerant as the more common deciduous anomala, but they are much more suited to a warmer, SoCal climate and will offer a very similar flowering appearance. They also take some time to establish well before blooming.


clipped on: 03.06.2009 at 11:19 am    last updated on: 03.06.2009 at 11:19 am

RE: Subway Tile - brands and quality? (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: kgwlisa on 05.20.2008 at 08:43 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I used ADEX subway tiles for my kitchen. The reason I used them is because I wanted something pure and milky white. ADEX tiles are an opaque glaze over terracotta tile and just have a slightly different look to them. You'd think that would be less white than a tile with a white base but it's actually MORE white. I believe these were about $5/sf.

IMO (and this is just my opinion) unless you are looking for a specific color or specific trim pieces, there is very little reason to go above generic daltile/AO subways to any of the other subways (and unless you are going for all white, people have successfully mixed and matched less expensive field tile with colored trim pieces from other lines and the results have been beautiful. But as far as the shape and look of the tile - there's a pretty small difference between generic subways of different lines (not counting specialty subways like period reproductions or beveled or handmade looking etc).

Like I said, the reason I went for the ADEX was the milky white color that didn't look off next to my appliances and bright white trim. As far as how they look installed though, there's not a huge difference between those and the cheapies. Here is a picture of my far better crafted backsplash (because I did it myself, SOB)

This is before the trim was painted white though.


clipped on: 10.27.2008 at 12:44 pm    last updated on: 10.27.2008 at 12:44 pm

RE: White Kitchens.....what makes it right? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: segbrown on 10.19.2008 at 11:04 am in Kitchens Forum


I saved this page in an issue of "Kitchens and Baths" specifically to address this question. Here are parts of the text:

-Material variation breaks up large banks of cabinets
-Large rectangles of contrasting color, including ss appliances, white cabinets, black countertops
-Switching from solid to glass-front cabinets
-Shallow cupboard over the hood more valuable as a visual bridge than storage
-Open shelves break up solid white


clipped on: 10.19.2008 at 12:08 pm    last updated on: 10.19.2008 at 12:08 pm

What a difference a year makes! Updated kitchen photo

posted by: stiles on 10.13.2008 at 03:20 am in Kitchens Forum

I have been reminiscing about how we were living at this time last year. We were living out of our garage and laundry room. It was painful and uncomfortable and I thought it would never end!

I originally posted pics of our 98% finished kitchen last March and I thought I would share this updated photo. We love our finished product and hopefully this will encourage all of you who are in the middle of your remodel to keep the faith! You too, by next year, will be enjoying your new kitchen.




clipped on: 10.18.2008 at 01:12 pm    last updated on: 10.18.2008 at 01:12 pm

RE: Please help me with cabinets decisions! Several Questions. (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: bbstx on 10.15.2008 at 08:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is a picture of "tobacco green" or "anti-white" cabinets from this month's Traditional Home. I think it would be a stunning look for your traditional home. And if you really wanted to expand your cabinet space, you could put a glass backed and fronted cabinet over the window on the wall next to the range, like these guys did.
tobacco green cabinets
^^Does anyone else wonder how often that photo over the stove has to be cleaned and/or replaced?

I have a teeny kitchen. I am having my cabinets custom made because all of the ready made cabinets were too short to go all the way to the ceiling and I desparately need the space. btw, the custom cabinets are 33% to 25% of the price of the better semi-custom cabinets that I got quotes on.


clipped on: 10.15.2008 at 10:53 pm    last updated on: 10.15.2008 at 10:53 pm

RE: Track lighting in kitchen? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: bob_cville on 10.14.2008 at 02:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

Because of our sloped cathedral ceiling, and its narrow rafters, recessed lights would not have been feasible for my kitchen. However I have never liked the track lights that I was familar with: with the flat, ceiling-mounted track, and the aimable coffee cans in either black or white, that look, to me, to be right out the 1970's.

After looking around at the options available I decided to go with monorail style track lighting, where the track is suspended below the ceiling. It is a more modern look that I felt worked better with my kitchen.

ALthough most of the monorail-style track lighting has a transformer that supplies a low voltage to the track, I decided to go with a system that has no transformer, and instead provides line voltage to the track, which allows you to use off-the-shelf dimmer switches.

With the monorail-style track I believe each suppliers track is different, so once you choose a particular track you are limited to the line of lights offered for that track.

Here are some pictures of the lights in my kitchen:

One caution though: In looking at monorail style track lights, since assembling a custom setup using alacarte pricing for each piece seem to range in price from expensive to exhorbitantly expensive. I considered an all-in-one setup like "George Kovacs - GK Lightrail Six Light Monorail Kit with Double French Scavo Shades" but heard several people report that those systems arrived dead out of the box, and had to be sent back. Also those all-in-one setups are often intended more as accent lights rather than as the main lighting of a room.


clipped on: 10.14.2008 at 03:03 pm    last updated on: 10.14.2008 at 03:03 pm