Garden Art forum: Castle Project

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Name: Dee Moore
Arroyo Grande, CA (Zone 9a)
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DomehomeDee
Jun 9, 2016 12:05 PM CST
Well, here's the starting pics from my "Castle Project". It's going to be planted with succulents when finished, and will even have a built in fountain feature. It's made using Portland cement soaked cloth over a hardware cloth framework. I still have a bit to finish but I think the hardest parts are done.
1. The initial framework, this was as scratchy a project as I ever want to do.
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2. Inside the laundryroom, the center tower gets it's material coat.
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3. Installed out in the garden, a barrel stay was used for the base.
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4. Starting to fill in the details. The base is poured with Quickcrete and the "steps" of the planter get their material coats.
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Today I continue with the details. Some outside windows will be added and I'll snap some pics of where the fountain is going.


Name: Vicki
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vic
Jun 9, 2016 1:38 PM CST

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Very Nice Hurray!
Name: Ibis
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IbisFla
Jun 10, 2016 6:56 AM CST
WOW! You are so creative, Dee - I can't even wrap my head around how you get from Pic#1 to Pic#4! It will be amazing nodding
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jun 10, 2016 9:39 AM CST
Wonderful! I can't wait to see it finished and the fountain running!
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GardenNome
Jun 10, 2016 9:40 AM CST
Wow! Awesome! Smiling Can't wait to see the finished work.
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Jun 10, 2016 10:02 AM CST

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Hurray! This is great!
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Name: Dee Moore
Arroyo Grande, CA (Zone 9a)
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DomehomeDee
Jun 10, 2016 5:57 PM CST
I got a little more done. I've installed the side "windows" and have most of the work done on the fountain area.

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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jun 10, 2016 7:04 PM CST
It's coming along! Looking great!
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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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Jun 11, 2016 10:02 AM CST

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Hurray!
Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
Jun 12, 2016 11:31 AM CST
Looking fantastic Dee! I know that wire had to have been a complete pain to put together but it looks really well made. What are you using to make the top look thicker? A split hose?
Name: Dee Moore
Arroyo Grande, CA (Zone 9a)
Seed Starter Winter Sowing Garden Photography Greenhouse Container Gardener Region: California
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DomehomeDee
Jun 12, 2016 12:43 PM CST
I used irrigation tubing, the small kind you use for a drip system. Today I will cover the tubing with cement soaked cloth so the cement will adhere well to the plastic parts. You can see were I've done this in the pic, it's red cloth. I had to do the spiral part post haste as this little bird kept landing on it and there was a lot of scratchy wire poking up, I was afraid he'd hurt his feet.
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Bubbles
Jun 13, 2016 6:16 AM CST
Fantastic! Thumbs up

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CrystalIvy
Aug 27, 2016 5:49 AM CST
Dee, I'm eager to see the completed outside wall where you have your fountain planned. I hope you post another photo. Will you be painting the interior 'building' with the window in it?

Thanks for sharing your project1
Name: Dee Moore
Arroyo Grande, CA (Zone 9a)
Seed Starter Winter Sowing Garden Photography Greenhouse Container Gardener Region: California
Cactus and Succulents Annuals Garden Art Butterflies Seller of Garden Stuff I helped beta test the first seed swap
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DomehomeDee
Aug 27, 2016 11:24 AM CST
Well, the whole project has been on hold. It's funny you should post this today as I'm going out to buy some more fabric, I've promised myself to restart work on Monday. I've mostly just been busy with other things. I really want it finished now, I have a wood rat eating my potted succulents, I moved them out into the open yesterday. The rats and the bunnies tend to leave things alone that are out in view of the sky and the predatory birds. In fact I think many of this springs bunnies have become owl and hawk food. I feed the California Quail by tossing birdseed out on the ground and at one point I counted 5 bunnies at one time eating birdseed! The rats are whole other story, they kind of creep me out.
They're cute enough, there's just something about large rodents. They can just go live out in the forest and leave me alone, LOL.

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