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My new blackberry trellises

posted by: tcstoehr on 11.02.2008 at 01:33 pm in Fruit & Orchards Forum

After tasting and reading about the various thornless and/or upright growing blackberries, I was very happy to give them a try. After building an inadequate structure from T-posts and electric fence wire, I finally took a look thru GardenWeb and found out how to do it better. I built two 24' trellises. I have yet to add the horizontal support wires. Here's #1:

Trellis 1 (813K)

I used 10' long 4-by-4's sunk 2 feet into the ground. I think using 10 footers like this is the way to go. I doubt that I will later regret that the trellis is too high. The three sections are 8' wide. I should have done two 12' sections but I decided to lengthen the trellis after having built two sections, so I just added a third. Instead of the recommended 'T' formation along the top, I just used a single 2-by-4. With only an 8-foot span, I think that's adequate. I'll also likely be using 12-gauge wire instead of the recommended 9-gauge. Again, the wire will be supported at 8-foot intervals which is considerably less stress than a 16-foot span for example. And 12-gauge wire is pretty darn stout stuff.
After building trellis #1 and learning a few things, I built trellis #2:

Trellis 2 (1043K)

This one has two 12-foot spans with a 'T' formation at the top to keep the posts from tipping towards each other from the strain of the (soon to come) wires. Instead of bolting them to the posts, I just supported them with brackets and sandwiched them between the posts. Seems reasonable. I will use 9-gauge wire on this trellis, although the thought of working with that stuff seems daunting.
The wires will pass thru holes drilled thru each post and anchored at each end-post with a wirevise. A wirevise anchors the wire, and allows it to slide thru the wirevise in one direction only. This allows you to tighten up any slack that may develop. They're very reasonably priced, assuming they work and last a long time. Here's a link that tells about them.


I think I'll run three wires on each trellis spaced two feet apart. Maybe only two wires spaced 3 feet apart where I'm using the 9-gauge wire.
I'm planning to put Triple Crown on trellis #2 and Kiowa on trellis #1. Yes, I know, Kiowa has major thorns but I'll live with them. I'm thinking 4 Triple Crown on one trellis and 6 Kiowa on the other, giving 6' and 4' for each plant respectively. Is this reasonable spacing? Should I spread them more? Can I spread them less?

I'll post my results with the Wirevises after installation. I think if they work well alot of folks here could make good use of them.


clipped on: 11.09.2008 at 12:23 am    last updated on: 11.09.2008 at 12:23 am

Do you have a home decor (or home-related) blog?

posted by: auntjen on 10.23.2008 at 04:50 pm in Home Decorating Forum

If so, would you share it here? This question may have been posed before, but I wanted to throw it out there again in order to pick up any newcomers! I've just started a home blog, and I'm not quite sure how active I'll be with it, but it's been fun to create so far!

For those of you who do blog, how often do you do post, and do you find that your topics come easily to you? Also, can you point me to any good sites that either explain how to or offer templates for customizing one's blog layout?

I'm encouraged to go around taking pictures of houses and gardens and other beautiful things that inspire me now! But I'm going to need a new camera first.

Here is a link that might be useful: Such as it is, the beginning of my home blog ...


clipped on: 11.08.2008 at 01:28 pm    last updated on: 11.08.2008 at 01:28 pm

Storing apples

posted by: rosefolly on 10.26.2008 at 07:22 pm in Fruit & Orchards Forum

This year I planted six apple trees and I have six more varieties on my list for next year. While I intend to keep them pruned small, I'm still going to get a whole lotta apples if they all do well. I'm happy to share with neighbors, but I'd really like to store some for later eating.

Lacking a second refrigerator, how can apples best be stored? Indeed, can they be? I suppose apple butter and drying are a couple of approaches.

Suggestions? Experiences?


clipped on: 11.01.2008 at 01:11 pm    last updated on: 11.01.2008 at 01:11 pm

Q's on lavender pruning. Cameron? Anyone?

posted by: squirrel_girl on 10.06.2008 at 10:28 am in Cottage Garden Forum

I read Cameron's blog about pruning Lavender. It said to trim at least 3 weeks before the first hard frost. Well that date is NOW. The problem is that my lavender (Hidecote) are blooming perfectly now. I don't want to cut them at their prettiest. Any suggestions?


clipped on: 10.07.2008 at 12:14 pm    last updated on: 10.07.2008 at 12:14 pm

Look what we did today! (Hovel Thread progress)

posted by: sarschlos_remodeler on 09.21.2008 at 03:59 am in Home Decorating Forum

We've moved from the kitchen next door to our dining room. I'm painting this weekend (no pics just yet).

In the meantime, I finally decided to try Restor-a-finish on my sad little 1940s buffet. It was in pretty terrible shape, having been abused horribly (must have something to do with the price, right ;D), so I wasn't expecting much. But goodness, it's suddenly gorgeous.

This photo doesn't do it justice. After I used the Restor-A-Finish, I smeared on a thick layer of their Feed-n-Wax, which I wiped off after 20 minutes per the instructions. Every time I walk by that buffet, it looks better than the last. Bubbles and cracks in the finish have disappeared, the many nicks, scratches and gouges are all but gone, the legs look nearly new.


I'm inspired enough to go get other colors to renew some of my other pieces.


clipped on: 09.21.2008 at 03:45 pm    last updated on: 09.21.2008 at 03:46 pm

Some of my Canning

posted by: gldno1 on 07.31.2008 at 04:11 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

I tried another Annie's (from the Cooking Forum) recipe for salsa this morning. At first I thought I wasn't going to like the cumin and cilantro, but as it cooled down I decided I did!
I must have; I "tasted" about a half cup that was left over.


Sitting with the salsa is some others I have done, pickled peppers, dill pickles, lime pickles and some tomatoes.

I still have more corn to do and, of course, tomatoes.


clipped on: 08.04.2008 at 02:46 pm    last updated on: 08.04.2008 at 02:46 pm

canning pictures...

posted by: trailrunner on 07.27.2008 at 11:55 am in Cottage Garden Forum

Have had a wonderful selection of fruits and vegetables on friend's trees and at the Farmer's Market. Here are pics from my efforts to preserve the rich harvest. Hope you enjoy. c


Strawberry and Lavender preserves cooking ( maslin pan from Lee Valley prevents sticking and allows quick reducing )



apples I picked


figs I picked


tomato chutney w/apples cooking


Tomato chutney w/o apples and has dried fruit ( raisins and prunes)


peaches from the market Chilton County Alabama


peach and blueberry tart


"R" is for my love ...Robert


My kitchen after all this...not much mess ...



clipped on: 08.04.2008 at 02:45 pm    last updated on: 08.04.2008 at 02:45 pm

Colorful Gardens with Deer in Mind!

posted by: wonbyherwits on 07.14.2008 at 04:35 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

I know this is really lazy on my part, but do you mind clicking on my blog to see my photos instead of going to an album? I spent hours writing that blog this morning and now I'm just ready for a nap! LOL


Yesterday's view of the cottage and garden:

Pick a path:

Cloudy today...the 2nd path (outer garden). Is it cottage or is it impressionist? Hmmm....????

Here is a link that might be useful: my gardening blog


clipped on: 07.19.2008 at 01:33 pm    last updated on: 07.19.2008 at 01:33 pm

My petit potager

posted by: steveningen on 04.14.2007 at 11:59 pm in Potager Gardens Forum

Here's my first effort at a potager. Tomorrow it gets planted. I've got four heirloom and two smaller determinate tomatoes (along with sturdy cages), swiss chard, Dutch flat cabbage, golden bell and red bell pepper, and some blue lake beens that will run up a tall trellis. At the far end in the curvey bit I'll be planting a variety of herbs. I may not be able to get it all in there, but we'll see.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket


clipped on: 06.25.2008 at 10:54 am    last updated on: 06.25.2008 at 10:54 am

Who is growing Grevillea victoriae?

posted by: grant_in_seattle on 02.22.2007 at 06:15 pm in Northwestern Gardening Forum

Hi everyone,

As mentioned in a separate thread, I spent a day down in Tacoma this past weekend. I visited one of my favorite nurseries, Jungle Fever Exotics (which is fairly frost bitten after this winter) and purchased a small Grevillea victoriae. I haven't planted it yet, but will this weekend. I wanted to see who has had some long term success with this plant, and what suggestions for success can you offer?

I can (and have) looked it up online and in reference books, but if you're growing it successfully (or killed it!), feel free to share any cultural tips. There's just no subsitute for first-hand experience.

Jungle Fever did have a lot of damage from the cold, but they also had plenty of plants that looked great, including the "mother" plant from which my little cutting was started. My little plant is only six inches tall, but is already sporting a small cluster of buds and survived the winter at their nusery uncovered.

Any tips/tricks would be great. Otherwise I'll just put it in my warmest west-facing quick-draining bed.

Take care and thanks!

Here is a link that might be useful: Close up of Grevillea victoriae


clipped on: 06.02.2008 at 12:45 pm    last updated on: 06.02.2008 at 12:45 pm

Spring at my home * lots of Photos *

posted by: gottagarden on 05.30.2008 at 09:15 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

OK - here are some photos of my gardens in the spring, so you will not think I am slacking ;-)

First comes the tulip parade:

By late May the alliums dominate and iris are just starting

I love iris!

A great iris combination with montana bluet - same shades at same time

A dwarf early iris with tulips in background

The tree peony!

I love these little self-seeders!

Shady Lady:

Shade bed:

The full extent of the dandelion dominance:

Lilacs and dd are growing together - I planted when I was pregnant with her.

These flowering cherries are still young, but I take parental pride in their springtime glory.

And the geese at the pond:

Coming soon - peonies, iris, and delphinium!


clipped on: 06.01.2008 at 05:45 pm    last updated on: 06.01.2008 at 05:45 pm

This is War! Critters in the Garden

posted by: foxesearth on 05.24.2008 at 11:01 am in Cottage Garden Forum

The annual invasion of armadillos has started.
There are holes all through my flower beds and grass paths, some as much as 5 inches deep, some just a small cone-shaped hole.
My little group of Envy zinnias looks like a battleground, with several casualties.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingArmadillo in Trap, Fall 2007

I loaded the trap and some boards onto my little pink wagon to fashion a 'runway' to direct him into the trap .
Before dark, I'll be ready for the ugly critters.

What are you battling in your garden?



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Spring pics - river rock fountain - OT

posted by: hoyamom on 04.20.2008 at 09:52 am in Home Decorating Forum

I wanted to share some pictures that DH took of the river rock fountain that we put in the backyard. The flowers are so pretty now - spring has actually arrived!! The last picture is neat because you can see the water droplets. I know this is off-topic but I thought this was so pretty!





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where can I buy Sferra sheets?

posted by: maiolo on 03.08.2008 at 10:47 am in Home Decorating Forum

i see a lot of postings on eBay of Sferra sheets, waaay below retail. by that, i mean the higher thread counts too, not just the 1891 or lesser lines.

where are these people getting this stuff from? any helpful hints?

thank you.


clipped on: 04.11.2008 at 11:47 am    last updated on: 04.11.2008 at 11:47 am

Scratches on Stainless steel appliances: Help

posted by: teotiki on 04.05.2006 at 01:57 pm in Cleaning Tips Forum

Is there anything on the market that removes light scratches from stainless steel appliances? Have any of you tried anything that's worked or is it a hopeless case?




clipped on: 04.07.2008 at 02:04 am    last updated on: 04.10.2008 at 11:40 am

Mildew under the shower caulk, how to prevent

posted by: linnea56 on 01.19.2007 at 12:36 am in Cleaning Tips Forum

I had tried so many cleaners and nothing seems to work. I have a ceramic tiled shower with a molded plastic or fiberglas floor that curves up about 3 inches to meet the tile, with a lip or shelf at this spot. The joint between the tile and the plastic floor is caulked.

I always seen to get mildew growing under the caulk. Is there any way of removing it without having to strip all the caulk off and re-do it? It's such a tedious job, and I caulked only 2 years ago. There are NO visible gaps between the caulk and the tile, no loose spots, and the gray mildew is running the whole length of it. It actually looks as if I caulked the shower with spotty gray caulk! On beige tile. I can't see how it gets in and has a chance to grow.

Before I last re-caulked, I scraped out all the old caulk, and scrubbed and bleached like mad until there was no trace of it. I literally stuffed strips of paper towel soaked in mildew killer in the cracks, in several stages, and scrubbed in between.

Then I let the shower dry for a few days to make sure there was nothing left "alive" in the gap. Then I recaulked. The mildew was back in very short order.

Does everyone have this problem??? It looks like I don't even clean the shower! I have no problem with mildew on the grout. When it starts there it comes right off with little effort. The room has good air circulation: the shower is open at the top. Is there any caulk that will not allow mildew to grow in or under it?

If I ever re-tile it will have to be with gray tile and gray grout!


clipped on: 04.10.2008 at 11:39 am    last updated on: 04.10.2008 at 11:39 am

Loving the picture frame moulding!

posted by: kimbo2008 on 04.06.2008 at 07:00 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Just thought I'd throw a few photos out there for anyone contemplating picture frame moulding. I just finished my DR, and although the furniture isn't here yet (a huge round pedestal table) I think the room is already transformed.

DR 1

DR frames 1

After DR 1

After DR 2


clipped on: 04.07.2008 at 01:55 am    last updated on: 04.07.2008 at 01:55 am

Ornamental Double Loop Fencing?

posted by: Carol_WA on 06.08.2005 at 01:20 pm in Northwestern Gardening Forum

I'm searching the NW for this fence. To order it online would cost about $150 shipping. Do any of you know who sells it? I thought I saw it somewhere last year but now I can't locate it. I've call every place I can think of. Now I'm hoping someone on this forum would know where I can get it within driving distance. It is just too pricey to have it shipped.


clipped on: 03.15.2008 at 01:56 am    last updated on: 03.15.2008 at 01:56 am

RE: stained cement (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: justgotabme on 03.08.2008 at 07:19 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Or if you have well water that has tannins in it then all you have to do it water it on a daily basis. That's what happened to our sidewalk where the sprinkler system hit. Looks pretty neat too. It's just not all done. We are thinking this spring and summer we'll have to hit the rest of it with the hose so it will all match. I'm just happy that our inside water is treated and our drinking water if reverse osmossis. 8-O


clipped on: 03.09.2008 at 03:16 pm    last updated on: 03.09.2008 at 03:16 pm

Help on deck maintenance please!

posted by: oceanna on 02.16.2008 at 03:18 am in Home Decorating Forum

I posted this in the decking forum, but I want to post it here too because there's a lot more traffic here.


Over a 15 or so year period, what would be the easiest way to maintain a cedar deck and stairs looking decent in the Seattle area where the temps are fairly moderate, with inoccasional snow but tons of rain (algae) -- translation: the least amount of work?

Would it be:
- Semi-solid stain?
- Solid stain?
- Paint?
- Or?

I have dogs, but nothing over 30 lbs. I try to keep their nails short but I'm not perfect. The summer before last I used a "duck-something" oil based stain. It didn't last and it bred algae something fierce, resulting in a couple of nasty and dangerous falls for me.

Late last summer I used a semi-solid Cabot stain. I switched to Cabot (water based) because an oil based stain was breeding too much slippery algae.

To prep the deck, I used a deck wash/stripper chemical that took out all the color; I also used a product specifically for combatting algae. I scrubbed it with a brush. The wood looked almost new.

The deck is now peeling and about 50% bald and breeding algae already again.

The deck is only about 4 years old.

I don't care if the wood grain shows or not. I don't need it to be gorgeous. I don't take guests out there. My little dogs use it as a toilet and I clean and hose it often. I just need it to be durable, protected against the weather and the dogs, to not breed algae too much, and because I'm not getting any younger I'm looking for the least amount of work in the long run versus the cost.

Can you please advise? Doing it every year is rough on this old grandma.



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please help me brainstorm

posted by: someara on 01.29.2008 at 02:48 pm in Northwestern Gardening Forum

Hi everyone,

I am hoping that people could help me build a list of trusty annuals to start from seed. I am pinching pennies this year and want to start more annuals from seed than I usually do. I would like plants that are easy to start from seed, are easy to care for AND ideally have a long blooming season. I know... I want it all! :) Thank you so much for your suggestions.


clipped on: 02.06.2008 at 11:42 am    last updated on: 02.06.2008 at 11:42 am

Cleaning old wood furniture

posted by: happyladi on 02.02.2008 at 02:10 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I have an old dining set and the chairs need a good cleaning. The wood is mahogany. I don't want to refinish them, just clean them well and do a little touch up with stain on the bottom of the legs.

Any suggestions on what to use?



clipped on: 02.02.2008 at 05:15 pm    last updated on: 02.02.2008 at 05:15 pm

My mind or the room - which is off?

posted by: greenmtn on 01.27.2008 at 09:12 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Can someone help me sort through some thoughts and emotions I am having? I am redoing my living room and have had a difficult time deciding on valance fabric. Finally chose it and had them made. They were delivered last week and, well, I don't love them. I guess they are ok, maybe. The designer working with me helped me pick a wall color and I painted the room. Still not sure I'm loving any of it.

I don't know if this is my true reaction or because I took so long in deciding that I paralyzed myself and now think I don't know what will make me happy.

I know I am rambling but I'm trying to decide do I move forward (rug, accessories, lamps...) throwing good money after bad OR do I reassess my thinking and look positively on the room and know that at this point it is not finished?

This happens a lot with me and I know it is my personality and I'm wondering if it is that or actually the room - LOL and HELP!


clipped on: 01.28.2008 at 12:20 am    last updated on: 01.28.2008 at 12:21 am

Your ideas about how to arrange this built-in bookcase, please?

posted by: susanka on 01.06.2008 at 05:03 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I love my books, they all need to be here or in another bookcase. With the Monet we had hanging I thought the books looked not exciting, but all right. With this new print though they just look messy and dull to me.

I have all my books sorted by category and in alphabetical order, and don't want to change that because I like to find them quickly and know which ones I've lent out, but I can change the arrangement of the categories or put more things in between them. The arrangement looks unimaginative to me at this point, and I don't have a lot of other "stuff" to display really. Any ideas? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

The sofa and coffee table are going to be different -- we have a deep brown sectional with simple lines coming that will face the bookcase.

First pic is with the Monet; second with our new piece. And what should I put on top of them? It's a real small space, about 9 inches.

living room



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RE: Are gardeners melancholiacs (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: duluthinbloomz4 on 01.19.2008 at 01:10 am in Landscape Design Forum

But when the melancholy fit shall fall
Sudden from heaven like a weeping cloud,
That fosters the droop-headed flowers all,
And hides the green hill in an April shroud;
Then glut thy sorrow on a morning rose,
Or on the rainbow of the salt sand-wave,
Or on the wealth of globed peonies;
Or if thy mistress some rich anger shows,
Emprison her soft hand, and let her rave,
And feed deep, deep upon her peerless eyes. (Keats)

Maybe, like Keats, the true gardener accepts both the agony and the ecstacy. The moon is out tonight, and in double digits below freezing so the stars are showing blue. The gardens are a sea of white punctuated by conifers and the tips of shrubs. It's still a garden, just a different one now - and it doesn't suffer any for my lack of interaction, beyond observation, with it. And neither do I. Melancholy? More a time for other pursuits put aside between April and November. Or a time to peruse the catalogs and ponder the possibility of trying something besides the ever reliable impatiens and cedars. Or to discover that predictability and consistency fits into the plan of never being disappointed.


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RE: Preserve ladybugs AND kill black spot? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: Field on 04.19.2004 at 06:00 pm in Organic Rose Growing Forum

The basic Cornell formula is two Tbsp of horticultural oil (usually Sunspray brand in our area) and one heaping Tbsp or four Tsp of ordinary baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) mixed thoroughly in one gallon of water. Water the roses well and then spray late in the day when they are out of the sun.


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RE: Raised beds... (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: grant_in_seattle on 10.03.2006 at 05:24 pm in Northwestern Gardening Forum

Hi Katy and all,

That's a great idea and it looks really nice. Definitely let us know what you plant on it next season and how it does for you. I think it looks great.

Here's an embedded copy of your pic for anyone else curious (you have to view this post via the website rather than email to see this embedded pic). I love it.

Happy gardening and thanks for sharing your handiwork.


clipped on: 01.04.2008 at 11:06 am    last updated on: 01.04.2008 at 11:06 am

Cornmeal as Insecticide?

posted by: brizzyintx on 11.12.2007 at 09:55 am in Organic Lawn Care Forum

Bear with me as this may be a bit lengthy...

Two years ago, when we moved into our new house (in Texas), our red tipped photinias were 12 - 15 feet tall. I wanted them cut down to shrub height, unaware of their susceptibility to different diseases (we're from Michigan.) Within a week of being pruned, they began to show signs of leaf spot.

This year, I did an extremely aggressive rejuvinative pruning on them. I cut them all down to about four feet tall and stripped them of all branches and leaves. As the new growth began appearing, I sprayed them every two to four weeks with a fungicide/insecticide in the hopes of preventing the leaf spot, or whatever malady was affecting them, from returning to the new growth. So far, so good.

Well, I can't say that the leaf spot has returned, but I have areas where the leaves are dried, curled, and or the edges are brown. I am now noticing these incredibly small (like the size of a pin-head), bright green bugs on the leaves, but they don't seem to be eating the leaves. These bugs are killed by the chemical I sparay on them, but return rather quickly. I'm not even sure they are damaging the bushes in the first place.

I'm trying to maintain my lawn organically now. This weekend, as I was spreading cornmeal on the grass I thought to myself, "What the heck. It has fungicidal properties, why not throw some on the bushes?"

The next day, I was out in the yard again, and happened to look at the bushes, not expecting to see anything. I was quite surprised to see all these little green bugs had turned black and died.

So, is this coincidince? Does cornmeal have insecticidal properties? It almost appears that the cornmeal dehydrated the bugs.

Anyone's thoughts?


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What Are Your Favorite Scented Candles?

posted by: gilmoregal on 11.29.2007 at 09:36 am in Home Decorating Forum

We recently had dinner at the home of one of DH's co-workers, and she had the most wonderfully fragrant candles burning in several rooms. They smelled 'expensive' - if that makes any sense :) I don't know the hostess well and wasn't comfortable asking what brand they were, but I thought maybe I'd get some good suggestions on this forum. I have a few candles, but most don't have much fragrance when they burn - just when you smell them 'cold'. Which candles are your favorites?


clipped on: 01.02.2008 at 06:47 pm    last updated on: 01.02.2008 at 06:47 pm

Please show me your accessories

posted by: oceanna on 12.29.2007 at 08:55 am in Home Decorating Forum

What's on your coffee table?

What's on your end tables?

What's on your walls?

What accessories are in your kitchen?

Your bedroom?

Your bathroom?

Got pictures?

Some of you are just fantastic at accessorizing. How did you learn? What rules do you follow?


clipped on: 12.29.2007 at 07:46 pm    last updated on: 12.29.2007 at 07:46 pm

Anyone used 'Creative Crown' foam crown moulding?

posted by: Beenie130 on 09.21.2005 at 11:41 pm in Remodeling Forum

I found this product on the web called "Creative Crown." It is a foam crown moulding that is glued in place with "liquid nails" glue. The corners are premade so there is very little work involved. You measure the corner angle and order it from them. Not sure how it would look or hold up compared to MDF. Would love to hear from those of you with some experience with Crown Moulding...if you have heard anything about foam crown in general, and this product in particular.

Thanks for your help

Here is a link that might be useful: creative crown


clipped on: 12.28.2007 at 09:24 pm    last updated on: 12.28.2007 at 09:24 pm

kitchenaid door addendum

posted by: pigeen on 12.19.2007 at 07:36 pm in Kitchens Forum

Actually it was Repairclinic. com that we used -- we needed the string and pulley, not the spring, and got two for $25. The company sent them out right away and the fix worked (knock wood).


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posted by: auntjen on 12.17.2007 at 02:26 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I'm borrowing the subject of this thread from the Old Homes forum, where I just read it yesterday. I had no idea that this vague concept that I've been tossing around in my mind for several years actually has a name, and a definition, in Asian culture. As one living in an old, worn, and infinitely imperfect home -- with possessions that are becoming old, worn and imperfect thanks to small children visiting and kittens living with me permanently, this concept has been on my mind quite a lot lately! Sometimes I tend to get a bit down, to view my home and my possessions as inferior because they are no longer pristine, shiny, new ... (my lovely quilt that I was so proud of a few years ago has places worn towards the bottom, where my husband rubs his feet while he sleeps!) -- but Wabi/Sabi dictates that these are characteristics to be embraced and celebrated. Very interesting to me!

Have any of you heard of Wabi-Sabi? If so, your thoughts?

Here is a link that might be useful: What it means ...


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what do I need to look for to find crisp but soft bed sheets?

posted by: illinigirl on 12.04.2007 at 11:16 am in Home Decorating Forum

I usually go to BB&B but maybe they don't have the quality I am looking for? I prefer cotton, and I know the basics of threadcount, but why do I never come home with a set of sheets that really feels good? Please help me to understand some specifics of bed linens so I can find my perfect sheets (crisp yet soft)

much appreciated,


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Who are considered the best of the best in interior design?

posted by: bnicebkind on 12.02.2007 at 09:23 am in Home Decorating Forum

I wondered who are considered the "best of the best" in interior design, working in America today. And best of the best, I mean real talent, not just name recognition. Can anyone provide names and links to their work?


clipped on: 12.03.2007 at 11:46 am    last updated on: 12.03.2007 at 11:46 am

msrose -- re mixing warm and cool

posted by: meg711 on 12.01.2007 at 01:29 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Hi Laurie,

I didn't want to hijack Kittycat's caramel thread but wanted to continue the discussion since I think I need additional thoughts about balancing out the warm and the cool--or what I call balancing out my previous decorating mistakes and choices. I understand your issues completely. (Or maybe I don't and only hope that I do.)

Our cabinets and floors tend toward a reddish golden color. The walls and carpet, though they are tan, must be a cool tan if that even exists. So while I love the wall color and the cabinet/floor color, I don't love them next to each other. Ditto the stair runner and the hardwood floors.

I just keep thinking that they're neutral so it will work but I'm not completely convinced. Luckily I found a rug that will bring it all together in the family room. And I think I've finally found some fabrics that "marry" the golden and tan colors, and the blues I want to use.

New family room rug:

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Fabric for kitchen WT:

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Fabric for stools in kitchen:

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So what colors are you trying to combine?


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can i grow olive trees in the portland vancouver area?

posted by: onamission on 09.05.2006 at 10:59 am in Northwestern Gardening Forum

Would like to grow some olive trees and live in the Portland area. The climate is much like Italys but I don't know if other conditions are conducive to growing olives in this area. If it is possible to grow them, does anyone know of a nursery that sells them? Thanks


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Need Landscape Pic

posted by: ibmudpie on 11.21.2007 at 03:11 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Someone posted a pic of their recently landscaped back yard. I have searched this forum and can't find it. There were some evergreen trees in the landscape. Made a lovely screen. Can someone please please post the pic. I wanted to show it to my sister, she is planning a landscape in the back of her house. Thought I saved it but can't find on my PC. There is also a swing set in one of the Pics. Hope someone saved it and can post.
Thank You


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Got a pics for all who have been so kind to put up w/me!

posted by: susans02 on 11.21.2007 at 03:23 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Wow - it's been a year and I'm still making changes. Here are some pics of things that are a bit different now - I STILL don't have treatments for the new room - If I do anything, I'm thinking of going w/roman shades to match the ones in the other room. Thanks all for your kind words!

The blue couch in now in the fininshed basement, I wanted to bring red in to balance the bits of red I have going on in the other room:
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We repainted the LR & DR -
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Lastly- we ended up doing a stone patio at the end of the deck - we love it!

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Finally replaced the falling apart flagstone walk way w/brick - DH's friend did it - we love it too-
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I think we're up to date now! Hope I'm not bothering anyone by posting the pics! THanks!


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RE: So you need to sell your garden ? (and, oh yeah, the house to (Follow-Up #85)

posted by: david_5311 on 11.20.2007 at 10:41 pm in Perennials Forum

Well I think I have reached the end of the story on the new owners and my old garden.

The buyers who bought from us were indeed gardeners, but downsized the garden. Then got transferred.

The house resold as I mentioned above. My partner Jim and I drove by the neighborhood 2 weeks ago and we saw a Bobcat in the back. The stone wall I handbuilt was all dismantled, all the stone piled up. Many of the specimen trees were gone, obviously cut down. The others that did remain really looked good, reminding me how trees really do need space to shine. And then we could see that most of the central beds in the back garden were gone. There was a very large area of crushed gravel that had been laid. We thought probably for a patio or something.

Then I saw a neighbor and friend from the old neighborhood. He told me that a nice family with 2 early teenage boys had moved in.

And, he said "guess what they are putting in where your garden was?"

"A new paved 1/2 BASKETBALL COURT!!"

Jim was shocked, but I actually chuckled gently to myself. My grieving for that garden is mostly past. I have a new one, though it does not have the glorious sense of intimacy and wonder yet that I cherished and marvelled at in the old one. Not sure if it ever will, time will tell.

So it is once again true, that residential gardens rarely survive beyond the original gardener.

A few pics from the back garden, some of my favorites, in memory:

Images from a permanent hard drive now, just a glimpse of the past

Forever written in my heart.



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Help choosing specimen plant, Please

posted by: lexer on 10.28.2007 at 12:56 pm in Landscape Design Forum


I have a space where I need something just right. I would appreciate suggestions. I am in zone 8a, Oregon.

Size is very specific: 4' wide x 7-8' tall x 2-3' deep. I will prune.

The spot is next to my front door. I am putting in a path (natural quarry stone and river rock) from the street that will curve a bit to the front door. The path will be framed, on the street end, by a wooden arch 9' tall x 6' wide. So, from the street, the arch will frame this plant (and not the door) and I want the plant to look like it should be the focal point.

The house is a small ranch house painted a blue that is toward slate - door is creamy white. I have noticed that the house goes well with silver/blue, purple/maroon, golden-yellow plants.

I am hoping for three seasons of interest and or interesting branch structure for year-round interest. I want something I can get that will be close to the full-size I need.

Plants I have considered, with various reservations:
contorted filbert
other hazels
weeping ornamental cherry
acer conspicuum silver cardinal
japanese maple

What would you use?



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'New' garden -- 2 years after first plants...

posted by: david_5311 on 10.19.2007 at 10:22 pm in Perennials Forum

Well, finally this past weekend, with unseasonably mild weather (the politically uncorrect side of me who hates living in the north says 'bring on global warming'...), I manage to take some pics of the garden. No killing frosts here yet, wonderful flowery fall even in a new garden.

I am going to post pictures in small groups so that they are manageable for me. First, the large front borders. I built these starting with nothing but almost pure fine sand in the fall of 2004. I added about 100 yards of not-too-mature horse manure, the cheapest local organic material I could find. I planted lots of transfer woody and herbaceous plants in these beds in the fall of 2004, only to see most of them engulfed with 8' weeds and die in a hot dry summer of 2005. But I cleaned all that out last fall, and this is how this area looked almost exactly 1 year ago to the day:

After planting many hundreds of perennnial plugs last spring, 1 year after the above picture, same view:

And a Cedrus libanii stenocoma (hardy z 5) that I moved, last fall:

and now

More front garden pictures:

I think these will become my favorite sunny areas of the garden. There is nothing like large garden planting areas THROUGH WHICH you walk on a path. Far more compelling to me than beds viewed across a lawn or other surface.

More to follow....


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What inspires your design for a room?

posted by: bnicebkind on 09.25.2007 at 10:23 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I am wondering what it is that inspires you to design a room, or several rooms in your home? What triggers that desire and ignites your creative side, and gets you started in "a" direction? With all of the beautiful and very different looks available today, how do you know which look is "the" one that will accomplish what you hoped to achieve in redecorating your home or a room?

I often wonder about this when I look at the shelter magazines. How did the designer choose "that" look, and know that all of the elements/pieces (many of them special orders) and the various accessories, would all come together in the end, and "work" in the way he/she had hoped?

How did they narrow it down to "one", with so many beautiful options available? And how did they know they were on the right track...that it would all pull together and look great in the end?


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A few more new garden beginnings...

posted by: david_5311 on 02.08.2007 at 06:06 pm in Perennials Forum

Well, I decided I should not encumber the other threads with these pics, so for those who are interested they are here, and those who aren't can conveniently ignore them.

The gravel garden path (planted on mainly sand with about 1/4 compost by volume mixed in.....)


July (love that Digitalis ferruginea....)

The pastel bed

The pergola/terrace beds

I'll have a few more on this one when I move pics from one computer to another....


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posted by: cherri on 09.20.2007 at 07:37 pm in Home Decorating Forum

We are thinking about adding an overmantel to our existing fireplace. We just moved into our new home and have 18 foot ceilings in our great room with a very large fireplace with painted surround and mantel. We feel like we need to add some additional architectural interest and to help fill the space. We have builts in on each side of the fireplace. Does anyone have an overmantel, and if so, would you be willing to share your pictures.


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Background Shrubs

posted by: boxofrox on 03.30.2007 at 07:59 pm in Northwestern Gardening Forum

I've got a considerable amount of mostly full sun fence to break up so I'm looking for a number of background of bed type shrubs in the 6-8' range. I'd like a variety of foliage color/summer pop, etc. I've got plenty of rhody/pieris types already so I'm looking for later flowering and purple/darker foliage or even lighter limish tones. I was thinking about maybe an elderberry or a ninebark for the darker foliage but know little about either. I learned from my earlier mishaps with various butterfly bushes etc. that it's better to ask before you experiment than regret the experiment :-( I'm also thinking about a spot for a Viburnum opulus, the sterile one with the big flowers. Any experiences with that would be appreciated as well. Also any advice on any of the Hibiscus varieties.


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