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Project by justjoel posted 480 days ago 1817 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know I saw something like this somewhere else, but this is my take on the idea. Hard to tell in the photos, but in person it sort of looks like it is suspended in mid-air, with no visible means of support. As you can see in the last two pictures, that’s not the case.

I went through several layouts, with other frames, and after about 10 days settled on this. Bought all the frames at thrift stores (except the butterfly one, which I had already), spending on average about $2 each.

It was very difficult to get it square, but I did okay the first time (third photo), but had to tweak the upper section a bit. Everything is screwed in from the back, which means after deciding on the final layout, I had to flip it over and match my layout (backwards) and screw it together – and since I knew that’s what I had to do, I put it off for a day or so after I was happy with the layout (kinda waiting for the weekend too).

Knew I wanted a picture of something in the center – thought about flowers (no, redundant), a picture of my mom (would have been nice), some sun thing (hmmmm), then went with the butterfly. Thought about ways to protect it if I painted it on paper or canvas or something, knowing the elements would eventually get to it, then remembered I had some sheet metal (sometimes the brain works, sometimes it doesn’t!). Made some stencils, grabbed the spray paint (used a fine-point Sharpie for the wing detail), and ended up this guy.

I have some Black-Eyed Susan vine (Spanish Eyes) starts, just ready to start climbing (as soon as the weather behaves).

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell



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1062 posts in 1956 days
hardiness zone 7a

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daltxguy

882 posts in 1673 days
hardiness zone 4a

posted 480 days ago

Good thinking with the sheet metal. Guess you had to be in the right ‘frame of mind’!
Looks awesome!
Be sure to update when the Black-eyed Susan shows up.

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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lavender22

85 posts in 528 days
hardiness zone 8a

posted 480 days ago

That is very cool:)

-- I love hostas:)

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justjoel

1062 posts in 1956 days
hardiness zone 7a

posted 480 days ago

Was thinking of not posting this until the vines were at least 1/3 the way up the thing – but it wasn’t in me.

I do so love puns, DxG – so keep’em coming if you’ve got’em.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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Greenthumb

2287 posts in 2395 days

posted 480 days ago

progress pics

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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ChristinaLeef

5 posts in 1285 days
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posted 478 days ago

Wow! I LOVE it! I might have to do my own “take” on this for some clematis I’m contemplating.

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MsDebbieP

14675 posts in 2576 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 476 days ago

brilliant.

you need a HUGE yard so you can make hundreds of really cool garden creations

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Greenthumb

2287 posts in 2395 days

posted 476 days ago

add plants,

I love ideas that go beyond a few frames and can only imagine how beautiful that could be when a few plants make yet another beautified canvass

I can almost see it and that is all we gardeners need

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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jroot

5047 posts in 2206 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 476 days ago

Nice photo, Roman, Greenthumb. Is it one of yours? I could use a structure like that in my garden where the path goes into the bush to the secret garden below.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Greenthumb

2287 posts in 2395 days

posted 476 days ago

Thank you and yes, its the entrance to the lilac path at the cottage.

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1838 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 473 days ago

Your creativity is endless, Joel. I look forward to seeing these entwined with Black-Eyed Susan vines. You definitely know how to “dress up” a fence.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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scrollingmom

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posted 469 days ago

Cool idea and you made it look good.

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sharad

1622 posts in 1792 days
hardiness zone 11

posted 467 days ago

Beautiful creations Jj. Waiting for the vine to climb.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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