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Project by jroot posted 08-29-2013 06:38 PM 1864 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have just almost completed my latest garden project.

What garden would be complete without a little garden bridge? There was a nice lady in Kitchener who had a garden pond, and when her grandchild arrived on the scene, she thought she should get rid of the pond, for safety’s sake. She advertised it on Kijiji, and really it did not look very appealing, but I went to see it anyway. I got the rubber for it, and the landscaping blocks for $25, so that fit into my own modified rule that there could be nothing more than $25 in the secret garden.

While I have not built the pond yet, I did build the bridge ( mainly from recycled material ) that will sit beside the small pond which will be built in the midst of the hosta bed to the right of the bridge in the 2nd photo. Here it is with its prime coat of paint on just the top. I will let the rest weather like the rest of the cedar bush and other erections therein.

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



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MsDebbieP

14684 posts in 2692 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 08-30-2013 12:35 AM

how wonderful!
great price … beautiful vision and fantastic bridge.

you are such a genius.

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

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Radicalfarmergal

4305 posts in 1954 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 08-31-2013 06:52 PM

I am really enjoying your secret garden. It looks so quiet and restful; I would be tempted to just disappear into it all day. The bridge is beautiful and it will be even more so when you have installed the pond.

-- "...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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justjoel

1063 posts in 2072 days
hardiness zone 7a

posted 09-03-2013 05:07 PM

Very well done, mon ami. You always seem to make the most of the challenges your hilly gardens present to you.

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

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Iris43

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 09-06-2013 12:11 AM

Nicely done, jroot. And it already fits right in with it’s surroundings. Nice touch, the window boxes. :D

BTW, I picked up a copy of Garden Central and enjoyed all the pictures and the write-up featuring your gardens. Very impressive. The writer did a good job describing your gardens and setting.

I had never noticed this publication bf but now I will watch for it as I found it a good resource for Ontario gardeners.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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jroot

5081 posts in 2322 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 09-06-2013 12:30 PM

Thanks, for all your kind comments.

Iris 43, since we replaced the rails on my front porch, the window boxes were sitting in my garage so I thought I might as well use them. I thought they worked well.

I was not aware of the magazine either until they contacted me. Since then, several gardeners have told me that they consider it to be the best available for Ontario gardening.

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

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Malini

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hardiness zone 4a

posted 10-02-2013 06:58 PM

It is so beautiful. As they say,Trash to treasure. Thanks for sharing.

-- “If you’ve never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden.”Robert Brault

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sharad

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hardiness zone 11

posted 10-03-2013 12:49 AM

Jroot, I am wondering how I missed this post of the bridge in your garden. I am in mad love with such bridges and they certainly beautify the garden. This is one of your great projects.

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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jroot

5081 posts in 2322 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 01-10-2014 01:04 PM

During the recent ice storm, a large branch from one of the cedars came crashing down upon the new bridge. I have not been able to get down to it to determine if there is any damage. From what I can see from the house, it looks okay other than one of the planters, ... but when it gets safer to get down to that area, I’ll take a closer look.

We lost the top of a couple of the trees here. Interestingly enough, the wasp nest, way up in one of the trees, is still hanging on.

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

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sharad

1645 posts in 1909 days
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posted 01-10-2014 07:39 PM

I hope the bridge is safe.

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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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 01-11-2014 06:13 PM

I too hope your bridge was spared.

-- "...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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