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Apr 29, 2021 11:47 AM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
If anyone is looking for a cheaper version of umbrellas to protect tree peony blooms, you should consider getting a beach umbrella from Costco. Granted that it is not as nice as the ones sold by Cricket Hill, it serves its purpose. I bought one to try and I may get 2 more. It is sold for $25 at Costco.


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Apr 29, 2021 2:14 PM CST
Name: Bea
Zone 8b Oregon (Zone 8b)
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kousa..Karen... hey whatever works. I have been known to do the same using tarps, umbrellas ....hey ya gotta get creative when it comes to protecting our plants.👍
I’m so busy... “I don’t know if I found a rope or lost a horse.”
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Apr 29, 2021 2:46 PM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
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I'm thinking of getting a rain umbrella, 40-inch at Lowe's for $4. That's 3 feet and more.
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Apr 29, 2021 2:52 PM CST
Name: oscar
beamsville Ontario canada (Zone 6a)
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Karen I bought some from IKEA 15$ two years ago,
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Apr 29, 2021 3:17 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I thought I got a good deal but wow, you guys did whole lot better. I have to check out the ones at Ikea, thanks Oscar. Socal, thanks for the tip but 40" is a bit small for my need.
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Apr 29, 2021 4:55 PM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
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I didn't find any at Lowe's either.
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Apr 29, 2021 7:56 PM CST
Name: Bea
Zone 8b Oregon (Zone 8b)
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This is what's up to shade a area in my garden today... had to set up cover for shade it was 79' today. A real heat wave for the Oregon mountains. The winter winds took a shade tree in this area down last year. Now it's time to get creative, greenhouse shade cloth and reclaimed umbrellas from a garage sale came in handy.

Protecting hydrangeas from hot afternoon sun.
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Covering dwarf maple tree from afternoon sun.
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I’m so busy... “I don’t know if I found a rope or lost a horse.”
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Apr 30, 2021 3:43 AM CST
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Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Good idea, Bea.

My question is to those who use these is how do you keep them from blowing away?
LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
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Apr 30, 2021 10:53 AM CST
Name: Bea
Zone 8b Oregon (Zone 8b)
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Mieko2 , How do ya keep from them from blowing away ? Some umbrellas have a weighted bottom filled with sand or water to place them in. Others fit in a heavy table, or stake in the ground , or in my case I have wired them and the shade cloth to a tree or anything else that holds it in place. Not fun climbing up on the roof to retrieve one. They take off like a rocket in winds.
I’m so busy... “I don’t know if I found a rope or lost a horse.”
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Apr 30, 2021 12:49 PM CST
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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I have been known to shade hostas and pounded in a T-post and attached the umbrella to it. If you have access to cedar rails they can be used to 'cover' the metal T-post even when the brolly is put away for the season - then it doesn't look ugly.
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Apr 30, 2021 1:04 PM CST
Name: Bea
Zone 8b Oregon (Zone 8b)
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The upside to T posts work well for holding coverings down for protection from weather for plants.
Also prop magnetic cameras on top of them around the property. Tricky to get t poles thru the clay. Using a root water feeder dealy helps to soak the holes then the posts are easier to sink. Downside..To remove
t posts I need the tractor bucket and chain to pull them out.. Rolling on the floor laughing
I’m so busy... “I don’t know if I found a rope or lost a horse.”
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Apr 30, 2021 7:11 PM CST
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Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Thank you all! I am going to get one and try it.
LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
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May 1, 2021 4:24 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
That was going to be my question too, LG! My umbrella blew all over the place during the windy night after I used it to shade from the rain. Next time, I will tie it to my deck and/or t posts.
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May 1, 2021 4:26 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
bumplbea said:This is what's up to shade a area in my garden today... had to set up cover for shade it was 79' today. A real heat wave for the Oregon mountains. The winter winds took a shade tree in this area down last year. Now it's time to get creative, greenhouse shade cloth and reclaimed umbrellas from a garage sale came in handy.

Protecting hydrangeas from hot afternoon sun.
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Covering dwarf maple tree from afternoon sun.
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Your garden is so beautiful, Bea! What is that white covering used for the maple tree?
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May 12, 2021 6:02 PM CST
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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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And if you get a red one it'll attract more hummingbirds to your garden....win! I actually have a boring patio table umbrella that I was going to leave behind, now I think I'll take it! Might come in handy!
We'll have to start a competition for finding the best cost/sq ft of umbrella for peony protection, I'll donate 5 acorns for a prize for the winner! Off to check out the Big Lots website...
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