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Door Arbor Complete!

posted by: jeannespines on 06.06.2009 at 10:32 pm in Garden Junk Forum

This door arbor my DH & I completed this week. On Wed. he cut 2x8's for the top rafters...the 2 old doors I salvaged some time ago & they were ready for use! We pushed, pulled, tugged and balanced things to get the rafters on. DH has patience! While he screwed in the brace pieces, I hooked up extension cords and sanded and sanded! The doors were painted white on the outside & stained dark on inside...doors are a bit different...but the hts. were the same. Here's a pic of them balanced on sawhorses and so I paint this coat of white:


Next day gave it another coat & then was ready to move out by that woodshed...too heavy so we pulled it on that scrap pc. of plywood with the 'Gator. Here it is from the backside...set in place:


Then I worked on a few plantings (haul some dirt & compost...amend the soil)...susieroses inspired me to try roses again at bird this project got the "Knockout Rose" bush(red)...which is supposed to be hardy! I hope so for my sake! No green thumb with roses! It's that little plant in front of the door. Had to dig out Hosta's they had been shaded in this spot where we lost a Jack Pine tree.


So here's a full view of what's back there now... a re-cycled metal shed (for DH's wood) & old white barn door & now the Door Arbor! I planted "White Queen Cleome" at the other door opposite the rose:


Since today was cold & rainy, DH & I went to a nursery & I picked out a "Sun Parasol Pretty Crimson Mandevilla" bushy plant which will hang from the center rafter. I've never tried this plant before (annual which I will try to save) has 3" red flowers...glossy green foilage...should be beautiful! That's a white lilac in front (already bloomed) and an pink-turns-to-red bush behind I'm hoping for a very pretty red & white garden!

Ok, one more thing...lookin' for a metal bench or stool/chair to sit near the arbor...I will paint it white (or red) ... and, if I can't find while GJ'ing...then I will look for some sort of white garden statue/art.

Long post...can you tell I'm excited! A great project...can't take the idea from a Country Sampler (May 2006) article about a guy who built one for entrance to herb garden...we changed it a bit...he used 2x4's for rafters...and different pane window openings.

Will post pics later as it progresses. Thanks for listening! Jeanne S.
oops, purplemoon, the green stained glass butterfly that you sent on the JT is going to hang in there, too! Whoopee!


clipped on: 06.10.2009 at 09:45 pm    last updated on: 06.10.2009 at 09:45 pm

Butterfly Bushes from Cuttings-Photos

posted by: wyndyacre on 01.28.2008 at 06:45 pm in Plant Propagation Forum

Recently, on a couple different forums, there have been some threads where we talked about how to propagate Butterfly bushes from cuttings. Since I recently did a bunch and took photos of the process, I offered to post them here with some directions.

BBs are fairly easy to start from cuttings. Even right now, in the middle of winter, most zones will probably still have some viable branches on their BBs. I've taken some cuttings this week from 'Nanho Purple' in the garden but also found a potted 'White Profusion' in the bargain bin at a local nursery that had been stored outside but still had lots of live branches and leaves. That is the plant that I took photos of as I cut it up for propagation.


After I cut all the branches off, it looked like this. I have put it back outside into a cold frame for the rest of the winter and will have a nice 3 qt. size plant to plant out in the spring.


I trimmed all the skinny bits off the main branches and further cut the branch into 6" pieces. Make your bottom cut just below a leaf nodule and your top cut just above a leaf nodule. Pull any leaves off the bottom 2/3 of the cutting and if the top leaves are large, cut them in half. You want enough leaf material left to provide photosynthesis but not so much that the cutting will transpire quickly and wilt. As you lay your cuttings down, make sure you maintain polarity....that is, make sure the UP end of the cutting still faces up and DOWN end faces down. You don't want to stick them in the mix upside down. :)

The top row of cuttings in the photo haven't been stripped of their leaves yet. The bottom row has. There are some uncut branches still laying across the flat of ProMix.


I chose to stick my cuttings in a flat filled with ProMix. It is a sterile, soiless mix of peat, perlite, vermiculite and a shot of fertilizer ideal for cuttings and starting seeds. There are other brands but the main point is that it is soiless and sterile.
In a greenhouse with a misting system I have used straight Perlite but it doesn't hold moisture as long and I don't have a misting system in my own GH.
After your cuttings are prepared, dip the bottom end in some rooting hormone. If using the powdered type, you can first dip the cutting in water to help the powder stick.


Then push the cuttings into the container of ProMix. I use the clear, plastic domes over my flat to help retain humidity or you can use a clear, plastic bag over your container. Place your container in a warm spot, out of direct sunlight. I have placed mine on a heat mat. They are also on a light table but the since the table in my GH, I don't use the lights.


In ideal conditions, the cuttings will begin to root in a week but will take about a month in our conditions at home. Resist the temptation to pull them out to look every day! You can gently pull on them after a week or so. If you see swellings on the ends, that is roots beginning to develop. Try not to pull them out too often or you may damage fragile little roots. When you have a nice little ball of roots, gently dig them out and separate to pot up into 3" pots and continue to grow on until they can be planted outdoors.
Don't forget to harden them off-they need to be gradually exposed to outdoor conditions like sun, wind and rain.


clipped on: 04.29.2009 at 09:39 pm    last updated on: 04.29.2009 at 09:39 pm

Window Garden Box

posted by: jeannespines on 08.04.2008 at 06:25 pm in Garden Junk Forum

My friend has beautiful gardens! She has a white garden and I wanted to do this project for her b'day. My DH did most of it...I helped a bit. The window garden box is made of 2 recycled windows from an old farm bldg., old barn wood, tongue-in-grove recycled boards,old hinges and 2 spindles I bought at a GS and cut in half for the legs.

This pic shows the project completed at my place and ready to deliver:
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This pic shows the completed project painted by my friend and put in her new "white garden" with fan flowers in front of it & hydrangeas in the box. She made it look wonderful!
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Thanks for the inspiration, Kudzukween...this is like the one I saw in one your pics by a new bdhse (see link below) Jeanne S.

Here is a link that might be useful: Kudzukween's birdhouse project


clipped on: 08.08.2008 at 06:44 pm    last updated on: 08.08.2008 at 06:44 pm

Spindle Planters

posted by: kudzukween on 05.20.2007 at 04:43 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I copied sewigardnut's spindle planters and made a pair. I already had the spindles,bought from a yard sale a couple years back,and got the galvanized buckets for a quarter each at a yard sale last week.And I already had the blue paint I used on our bed bench,I crackled painted these.I'm not sure they'll stay here in this spot,because I'm still trying to finish the front porch.

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Here is a link that might be useful: junk album


clipped on: 05.23.2007 at 09:20 pm    last updated on: 05.23.2007 at 09:21 pm

RE: Landscaping! (Follow-Up #27)

posted by: yardkat on 09.25.2004 at 01:19 pm in Soil Forum

Finally, here is what my DH wrote about making the beds.


Redwood 2x12 either 8 or 16 feet long

Hot galvanized box nails 1/ 1/4 inches long

deck screws 3 1/2 long. (I used "Deck Mate" brand. I liked them because they came with a driver bit enclosed and I never had any trouble with screw heads stripping out. They also were color coated in red to match the boards.)

brackets: I just went to the place in the Home Depot where they have all the joist hangers and brackets. Look for the longest "L" bracket you can find. You'll need 4 per bed.

The bed sizes I made were 3x8 and the smaller ones 2x4. You can make them any size you like but I wouldn't go much wider than 3-4 feet(harder to reach across) or longer than 8 feet(the sides of the beds will bow too badly if longer than 8 feet.)

To put them together just "butt" the ends of the boards together. Pre-drill the holes for the deck screws. If you don't know what size bit to use find a scrap and test it out. This helps to prevent the boards from splitting. I put three screws in each joint, staggering them just SLIGHTLY...meaning when you look at the screw heads they shouldn't form a straight line. You don't want to stagger too much though

After all the joints are screwed put one bracket on each corner of the inside of the box and nail them in place. I put the brackets in the middle of the joint.

That's it! Your boxes are built. If you want you can also put a cross piece in the middle of the box if you are concerned about the sides bowing out. Attach them with screws. I didn't do this so we'll see if they bow far they haven't.

One last thing, either dig a 1 or 1 1/2 inch deep trench and set your boxes in it. You don't have to dig out the whole area, just a little wider than where the boards will sit on the ground. Backfill after you put your bed down. That will keep them in place and help prevent the sides bowing out. Or if you are going to put some rock or something down in your planting bed area like we did, just place your boxes and then put your 1 -2 inches of rock down around the outside of the beds...that will help hold in the sides.

Hope this helps and have fun!


clipped on: 04.14.2007 at 11:30 pm    last updated on: 04.14.2007 at 11:31 pm

Mosaic Mirror with 'Texture'

posted by: Buddyfly on 10.16.2005 at 02:12 pm in Hypertufa Forum

Hi folks! Just popped over to the gallery to post some pics of a mirror I did a mosaic on. It is for indoors only and isn't hypertufa at all - just silicone glued the pieces to the framed mirror I bought at Walmart and used regular grout. I then carved the 'texture' into the grout while it was hardening. Then I took some drywall compound and made the little 'rosettes' around the inside edge.

Was a very fast and rewarding and easy project to do! Also recycled two teacups and one saucer a friend of mine was throwing out because they were cracked. They were perfect for this project.






clipped on: 07.13.2006 at 05:06 pm    last updated on: 07.13.2006 at 05:06 pm

Roses a'plenty

posted by: rcnaylor on 05.10.2006 at 11:27 am in Garden Photo Gallery Forum

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clipped on: 07.10.2006 at 06:19 pm    last updated on: 07.10.2006 at 06:20 pm

July backyard pics

posted by: diannesjmo on 07.07.2006 at 10:15 am in Cottage Garden Forum

This is a long shot as you walk into my back yard, it's maybe 1/2 acre? I have a large hillside garden to the left.
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Swing garden, lots of hostas, some vinca on the sunny left side, and impatiens on the shady right. I do a lot of containers in this one, because the ground is so hard and full of tree roots. Lots of old milk pails!
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An arbor next to the deck has four small beds of impatiens in it, kind of like a foursquare with a chair and table in the center of them.
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A bigger overall pic of that arbor
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Here is a link that might be useful: Garden 2006


clipped on: 07.07.2006 at 04:59 pm    last updated on: 07.07.2006 at 05:00 pm