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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Mar 31, 2016 5:36 PM CST
I got the top to an old pergola when I went to pick up a free bench from someone on Craig's list. Actually, I got two pieces. I assume they are both tops, but it doesn't matter. I thought about what to do with them and this is what I came up with. I have done one, the other one soon.


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I put weed barrier fabric and chicken wire on the back and then my husband fastened it to the wall. The plant pockets aren't very big so I added some cut up disposable diapers to the bottom and filled with soil, then planted with lobelia, alyssum, petunias, nierembergia. I can't wait until it fills in. Everything except the plants on the very top I started from seed.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Mar 31, 2016 5:42 PM CST
I cut back the alyssum but I think I need to do the same with the petunias to get them to bush out a bit.
Name: Ibis
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IbisFla
Apr 1, 2016 7:37 AM CST
That's a great idea, Arlene! Thumbs up I'd love to see more pictures as the plants fill in over the summer.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Apr 1, 2016 8:16 AM CST
Arlene, that is absolutely genius! Please, please DO share some photos as the plants grow -- it looks like it will be spectacular Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Name: Mary
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Pistil
Apr 1, 2016 10:31 AM CST
Arlene- My first thought was: "Fabulous I can't wait to see it in three months".
But, my second thought was: "Her siding might rot" :-0
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Apr 1, 2016 11:48 AM CST
Way cool, Arlene!
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Apr 1, 2016 2:39 PM CST
The pergola is leaning against the house and attached at the top. It is not flush with the house so no need to worry about the siding rotting!

I will post photos as it fills in.

Thanks for all the thumbs up and compliments!
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Apr 21, 2016 4:36 PM CST
Just a couple of updated photos to show how nicely the flowers are filling in. The hummers are enjoying the petunias!

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Name: Ibis
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IbisFla
Apr 21, 2016 4:58 PM CST
That's beautiful, Arlene! Just the right amount of color and so rustic looking!

I hadn't even thought about hummingbirds, but this is like a buffet for them Thumbs up
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Apr 21, 2016 5:29 PM CST
It's rustic all right! But not falling apart so it should last a few years hopefully.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Apr 21, 2016 6:05 PM CST
LOVE it! That is such a creative use for the pergola top, Arlene Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Apr 22, 2016 11:06 AM CST
How pretty. You are always so busy. It looks to be growing happily and I can hardly wait to see it in a month or so.
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
Apr 23, 2016 3:12 PM CST
That is so amazing--I love the creativity of reusing something like this. Great choice of plants, too. Thumbs up

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