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Project by MsDebbieP posted 07-24-2009 06:13 PM 3189 views 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

July 24/09

This past week we purchased some grave vines and, once we got home and I had a look around, I decided that I didn’t have a perfect spot for them so we’d have to create one!

The Arbour
Several years ago the cloth gazebo that we had just purchased was damaged in a wind storm and I salvaged the corner panels to use in an arbour. Every year I say “I want to build the arbour this year” but other things always become more of a priority. This year was no different and the arbour again went onto the list for next year – that is until the purchase of the grapes!

A quick (well, it was quick for me, but Rick did the digging!) build and the frame was up. We added the old gazebo frames and that was that! Simple (yes, Rick – I know.. a lot of work for you!)

We left the four posts tall. These will be posts for more birdhouses.

I wanted a spot to sit in the arbour. Once we get grapes hanging we can just sit there and enjoy the produce. It’s also a nice space to sit and enjoy the front yard and all that Mother Nature has provided us.

I had four remaining cement blocks from a walkway (I have been stealing them for other purposes and there were just four left.) Four was the right amount to set under the bench to keep the wood off the ground.

The Bench
The bench was the easiest and quickest project Rick and I have ever done. In less than an hour we had the bench completed and sitting outside.

The Grapes
At this time we have two Concord grape vines and one Niagara. (The sale was on 3 bushes – I still need to purchase a fourth one. We didn’t have a plan at the time of purchase so now we are one short.)

I also transplanted some hostas at one end and some… hmm yarrow? at the other. Hopefully they won’t mind the move and will fill in nicely for next year.

Now all that is left is to cut down that tree!! :D (Oh how I have wanted it out of there for years. Now I have the excuse. The grapes need sunshine.) Yippee

UPDATE Spring 2010
1. the rabbits got my vines this winter – chewed them off about a foot from the ground. I have wrapped them with chicken wire so that won’t happen again – but no grapes this year.

2. the tree remains – just not three of the branches. The birds love the tree and I just couldn’t cut it down so we have compromised: no branches by the arbour.

UPDATE 2011
This year we have LOADS of grapes hanging from the vines and the vines have grown so much this year that we’re having to revamp the arbour.
We have added a section to both ends of the existing arbour, taking it out about 8 feet in either direction.


Using gardening velcro strips, we are slowly training all the vines to go up and over the arbour, leaving the walkways clear as well as the two side windows in the original sections.


view from the “thinking outside the inside of the window box” window

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



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GrandmaT

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posted 07-24-2009 06:18 PM

NICE, very nice!!!! I like the sitting and eating grapes part!! :-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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MsDebbieP

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posted 07-24-2009 07:40 PM

me too :)
thanks

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

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mmh

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posted 07-24-2009 07:41 PM

How lovely! It looks like it will be a nice place to sit, especially once the grapes cover the top to give some shade and ambience. It looks like you have quite a large yard compared to my 1/4 acre in suburbia Maryland. I’d like more land, but alas, that would also mean more work! Thanks for sharing!

-- A weed is a plant that is growing where it was not purposefully placed by human hands.

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MsDebbieP

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posted 07-24-2009 07:48 PM

thanks :)

I have not quite an acre of land, most of which is front yard. Up until this year it was pretty much all grass. I now have pathways lined with flowers (starting the paths, anyway) and my labyrinth .. and now my arbour!

Work? Oh yah…good thing I’m not a perfectionist.

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

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 07-24-2009 08:23 PM

Beautiful bench and grape arbor. What kind of grapes did you plant?

-- "...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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MsDebbieP

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posted 07-24-2009 11:17 PM

2 concord and 1 Niagara

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

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mario1360

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posted 07-25-2009 04:22 AM

wow what a neat recycling thing….love the bench….

-- south shore montreal, zone 5a, whish it was 9

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MsDebbieP

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posted 07-25-2009 04:54 AM

thanks Mario :)

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

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Greenthumb

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posted 07-25-2009 01:15 PM

Fine Woodworking at its best

Looks perfect, a nice addition to an already nice backyard!!

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

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mtkate

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hardiness zone 4

posted 07-25-2009 02:51 PM

Just cross-posting my compliments… I remember the grape arbour at Hampton Court (in England) and always wished I could do such a thing. Not likely in my zone but I hope your grapes are bountiful.

-- Zone 4a or 4b... depending on where you are standing!

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MsDebbieP

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posted 07-26-2009 11:12 AM

thank you; thank you :)

crossing my fingers for my grapes as well.
We purchased the 4th vine yesterday and, weather permitting, we will get it in the ground today.

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

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jroot

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posted 07-26-2009 11:56 PM

Very nice, MsDebbieP. Very nice indeed.

I hope that you don’t get “rained on” when you install the bird houses. I still have a new shirt that got “rained on” by a French pigeon at Luxenborg Palace in Paris, and the stain never came out. A few years ago, we went to Paris to celebrate our joint 60th birthday. I had purchased my wife a lovely pair of white sapphire earrings which she wore the day we went to the palace. Upon entry to the palace grounds, she touched her ears, and realized that one earring was missing. We checked around, and I was patting my wife to see if had fallen on her clothing. I guess one pigeon decided that it didn’t like where I was patting my wife in public, and it let fly. As I say, I can’t get the stain completely out. So, I hope you don’t get “rained on”.

I do like the idea however, of the houses on the 4 posts. Well done.

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

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MsDebbieP

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posted 07-27-2009 12:10 AM

with over a dozen birdhouses (with dozens and dozens of nesting areas) we are used to “ducking”. Perhaps I’ll put a bucket and some umbrellas outside the arbour for visitors to use as they pass through :)

your story reminds me that of my uncle. (I think I’ve told it before). They were in Australia at a beach and my uncle watched a seagull weave its way along the beach. He laughed and said, “He’s looking for the right person to hit” (aka “rain on”).
The bird continued its back and forth flight and, yes, his target ended up to be my uncle. Right on top of his head.

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

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Bon

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posted 07-27-2009 01:09 AM

You two have turned that into a great looking grape arbour.Nice job.I just love the way grapes grow over arbours and fill them in.I’ve always wanted to try growing them too.Maybe someday.The bird houses will look really good on the posts.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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MsDebbieP

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posted 07-27-2009 02:00 AM

thanks :)
I think we looked at it two dozen times today and smiled. This morning when the morning sun hit it – it glowed. Oh so lovely.

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

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Uncommonparent

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posted 07-29-2009 04:12 PM

You Lady ( and Rick ) ROOOOOOCK! what an awesome addition!! I love it!!

-- If things were so simple, oh if they could be...

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MsDebbieP

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posted 07-30-2009 01:42 AM

thank you; thank you. :)

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

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posted 01-13-2012 04:48 PM

Jan. 2012

We should have a really good crop this year and the vines should be zooming across the wires. We might have to add to the arbour, making a “Y” formation. Well, it’s not “have to” but “choose to”. The “Y” will connect two different paths and should look pretty impressive.

Other than that it will be a matter of pruning and guiding the vines, keeping them up on the wires and leaving the walkways and “windows” open.

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

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Iris43

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posted 01-13-2012 06:32 PM

I loved your arbor area when I was there for the ‘gathering’. It would be my favorite place to sit. Especially when the vines are hanging with sweet grapes. Really lovely, MsDeb.

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

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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-14-2012 10:46 AM

Thanks Iris.

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

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Greenthumb

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posted 01-14-2012 11:08 AM

time spent in

a garden

knows no better reward

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

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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-14-2012 11:20 AM

very poetic and very true :)

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

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posted 01-14-2012 05:02 PM

Debbie, I also liked your arbor area and can imagin how it will look when the vines spread and bear tasty and sweet grapes.

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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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-15-2012 12:36 PM

thank-you.
I hope it is covered in grapes this fall. That will be a wonderful treat for my guests.

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

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jroot

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posted 01-15-2012 02:45 PM

Then maybe Sharad and I can lie beneath the grape vines, and MsDebbieP can feed us some grapes. – like the good old Roman days. LOL

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

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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-15-2012 03:41 PM

haha oh the image in my mind now.. lol

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

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sharad

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posted 01-15-2012 06:18 PM

What a great idea Jroot!

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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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-15-2012 07:18 PM

oh you two!!!
haha

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

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