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Name: Sasha Wiseman
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DaisyRyder
Apr 16, 2017 2:47 PM CST
I have an old fashioned climbing rose that's outgrown it's pot. I've been struggling to find a place to plant it. All the good spots are taken. Then it came to me. The staircase that leads to my studio. It can grow right up the metal railings, gets plenty of sunlight. And it's right by the garden hose!
But the stairs are fugly. And were in need of some serious attention.
I had been meaning to paint the metal and stain the wood. If I was to plant the rose climber there, I'd have to paint it now. Finally. Because it'd be pretty difficult getting a paint brush around a thorny climber.
I think it looks cool. Haven't planted the rose yet, was too excited over my paint job.

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... D'Oh! Oh shoot! I forgot the hand rails!
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Apr 16, 2017 9:26 PM CST
Amazing what a little paint will do! Love your color choices too!
Name: Vicki
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vic
Apr 17, 2017 2:27 AM CST

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What a fantastic idea and I LOVE the color Hurray! Hurray!

Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Apr 17, 2017 7:33 AM CST
Love the color and the items you have displayed. Thumbs up
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Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Apr 17, 2017 11:24 AM CST
Just a thought how would one of those metal arches at the bottom of your steps look with the rose using not only part of your railing but then continue up the arch which could be fastened to the railing. That way if your rose is scented it would create a great smelling arch thru which you could enter your studio.
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Name: Sasha Wiseman
Fl. (Zone 8b)
I'm quite frond of plants.
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DaisyRyder
Apr 17, 2017 2:28 PM CST
Hmmm, I don't know if they're scented. Perhaps. The stairs stretch out from the building a good ways. An arch might be over kill ... yet, several arches ... like a rose tunnel. Lol. I dunno. I'll take a pic from the side and give me your opinion on if an arch would be too much.
Name: Vicki
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vic
Apr 17, 2017 3:09 PM CST

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Thumbs up
Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Apr 17, 2017 6:36 PM CST
I would, if this were my setup it would be one at the foot of the stairs to create an entrance as the arches are seven feet tall and a person would have to consider the steps are going up so more arches might need to be taller.

I am sure it will be lovely however you decide to do it, post pictures when it is completed.
If you want to be happy for a lifetime plant a garden!
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Betty MN Zone4 AHS member

Name: Sasha Wiseman
Fl. (Zone 8b)
I'm quite frond of plants.
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DaisyRyder
Apr 19, 2017 1:34 PM CST
I finally planted it. Lol. I'm seriously considering the tunnel idea Betty. It'll be a while until that rose reaches for the sky, so I have plenty of time to think about the challenge. I have a welder friend who might could help.
... I'd like the idea more if those stairs weren't facing a wooden fence. Still, I'm tempted.
All in all, I think the rose climber will be happy there. And I finally painted the stairs. Something I've been wanting to do for about a year.
Thank you all for the props.


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Name: Vicki
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vic
Apr 20, 2017 2:46 AM CST

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Looks very nice Sasha and I hope you show us photo's as it grows Thumbs up
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plantmanager
Apr 20, 2017 9:28 AM CST
It looks so bright and cheery! LOL at your toilet planter!
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iciris
May 18, 2017 9:10 AM CST
I'm usually over on the Iris forum but I do look at the Garden Art forum here and there. I've made my metal arches out of tee posts and pig wire panels that you can buy at a large animal stock and feed store. This is much cheaper than the ones you can buy at gardening andlandscaping businesses. I use heavy wire to attach the panel to the tee posts. This way I can control the height of the arch. I have 4 of these type of arches, 2 with wisteria climbing on them and 2 with roses. I'll try to take a couple of pictures of the them today.
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Name: Sasha Wiseman
Fl. (Zone 8b)
I'm quite frond of plants.
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DaisyRyder
May 18, 2017 3:05 PM CST
That's a really good idea iciris. We used to raise hogs, and have plenty of panel left over. I've been wondering what to use for some of the various sprawling climbers taking over parts of the yard. I'd love to see some photos of how you put them together.
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
May 18, 2017 3:51 PM CST

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Welcome! iciris Welcome! Welcome!

Great idea and looking forward to your photo's Thumbs up Green Grin!
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iciris
May 18, 2017 10:08 PM CST
I waited to late to take photos tonight. I was looking right into the sun. Sticking tongue out I'll take some more photos tomorrow morning.
Thank you for the welcome. Smiling
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
May 19, 2017 3:37 AM CST

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We're glad you're here Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Barbara
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iciris
May 19, 2017 10:50 PM CST
I had all my pictures uploaded and my message 98 percent completed an we lost our power for a few minutes. Grumbling
Power is back on now.
I will upload the pictures again and put the message in a new post.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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iciris
May 19, 2017 10:58 PM CST

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• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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tx_flower_child
May 19, 2017 11:23 PM CST
What weeds? I didn't see any.
Name: Barbara
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iciris
May 19, 2017 11:46 PM CST
Pound the first t-post in the ground with a post driver. Make sure the flat area (near the bottom of the t-post) is firmly in the ground where you can't see it anymore.
Lay the panel on the ground to check if the wire arbor is where you want it. So it's straight.
Pound the second t-post in.
I left about 18" of open space from the ground to the edge of the panel so I could weed and the arch was higher towards the sky. If you place the edge of the panel on the ground make sure someone (who is tall) can walk under the arch.
I wired the panel to the t-post on post 1 and post 2 in about three or four areas.
This part is sure a lot easier if you have a second person helping.
On the non-attached side of the panel walk the panel towards the wired t-posts. This will form the arch, pay attention where your feet are to get an idea where the 3rd and 4th posts are going to be pounded in. Don't forget to keep both edges of the panel about the same distant from the ground. Be careful with this part because the panel wants to stay straight and could hurt you if you let it go.
Pound in the 3rd and 4th posts, wire the panel to the t-posts and enjoy your new wire arbor.
The t-posts can be painted before or after, I painted some and forgot to paint other t-posts. D'Oh!
Please excuse my t-post terminalogy. Hilarious!
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous

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