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The other day I asked Bonnie to come with me to cut weeds for my winter arrangements. (I’m afraid of being attacked by dogs guarding the family weeds.) She was kind enough to come with me although I took her away from working on her kitchen, which she is remodelling. (Gardeners are nice people).

We drove on the country roads, stopped, cut weeds and returned home with my hoard of milk weeds, red stick dogwood, and those tall grasses with the fluffy tops that I’ve been warned never to plant on my property.

Once at home, I cleaned the seeds from the milk weeds and sprayed them silver, Charlie brought cedar branches that he’d cut from the lower garden-to-be and my neighbour let me cut pine branches from his tree. So, with my lovely stash of all things I love, I set about filling the two pots with soil and then arranging the weeds. Next, I poured a lot of water in the pots and I’m letting nature take care of the rest. I read that the water in the pots will freeze and thereby hold the arrangements together. Well, let’s see if it works. That porch gets very windy.

-- Erika, Hastings, ON



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jroot

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posted 11-23-2010 10:34 AM

Well, isn’t that lovely. It looks wonderful, against your vibrant canary yellow door. Very welcoming.

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

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Bon

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posted 11-23-2010 12:05 PM

Nice job Erika.They look good.We’ll have to go road running for weeds again some other time it was fun.

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

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Radicalfarmergal

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 11-24-2010 05:48 AM

I find your doorway very attractive, creative and welcoming. You two are lucky to have a gardening/weed-hunting buddy living close.

-- "...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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erika

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posted 11-24-2010 06:14 AM

Oh thanks everybody for your kind comments. Yesterday’s wind did a number. I was working in the kitchen when I heard a big crash. I ran outside and there on the floor of the porch lay one of the pedestals and pot with all the contents strewn about. It was a heartbreaker. The pot survived and I quickly rearranged the contents but I felt so depressed afterwards. The same thing happened last year only that time, the pot broke into a million pieces. Maybe I should just give it up.

That corner of the porch is extremely windy. The house faces west so it gets the full brunt of any storm that comes along. What I hope to do in years to come is knock away the porch and extend the house. When you consider that eight months of the year you can’t sit outside anyway, it makes sense to extend the interior.

One day, I’ll have the courage to tell my husband of my plans. He is a neat freak and doesn’t like messes. Well, we all know how construction sites look.

-- Erika, Hastings, ON

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 11-24-2010 08:01 AM

I am glad your pot didn’t break. Are the pedestals pretty light? Can you weigh them down or is there a way to bolt or otherwise attach the pedestals to the porch? Your porch and door look so nice with the pots on either side, it would be great if you can keep them.

As a longer term solution, are you going to plant a wind break? I know you were asking about plants to put in a privacy hedge between you and your neighbor. Will the privacy hedge help shelter your porch?

-- "...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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Iris43

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posted 11-24-2010 09:13 AM

What a shame, the arrangements look wonderful. I hope you can think of some way to keep them. Maybe you could try putting the large arrangements just on the floor of your porch and not use the pedestals. I have to put a couple bricks in the bottom of large light-weight pots.

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

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erika

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posted 11-24-2010 10:08 AM

For now I’ll just put them on the floor whenever we get high winds. The pots are really heavy, filled with dirt and rocks but the wind is stronger.

I guess I could bolt the pedestal down, Robin. I don’t know. Sounds like a good idea. I’ll try it.

-- Erika, Hastings, ON

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MsDebbieP

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posted 11-25-2010 03:54 AM

so very inspiring … what a beautiful display you have created from “weeds”.

I, too, was thinking that this should be a permanent set-up at your door so securing the base down may be a good idea.

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

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Tony Friendly

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posted 01-16-2011 03:13 AM

First I want to say you write very good content, you may want to consider writing a blog.
Secondly your decorative idea with “weeds” is very clever. Your yellow door is very cheerful and inviting.
Thirdly, there are ways to stabilize your pedestals to the floor of the porch and then securing the pots to the pedestals, perhaps just using carpet tape. I know you will figure a way. I am a neat freak to, but always love a challenge. :-)

-- Tony, WWW.jackscountrywoodshop.com

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erika

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posted 03-30-2011 11:49 AM

Oh my, it’s been a while since I read these comments. How about L-brackets? One side of the L gets screwed to the pedestal, the other to the floor. I only need it with the one pedestal. The left one (your left) is fine. BTW Radical, the pot did break. I noticed it when I removed them to take out the weeds. :(

-- Erika, Hastings, ON

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Tony Friendly

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posted 03-30-2011 12:39 PM

it is your floor, it is your call. :-)

-- Tony, WWW.jackscountrywoodshop.com

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leeman

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posted 12-02-2014 09:50 PM

Simple house brings unique beauty from the outside just by adding contemporary design in the entrance. I like the color of the door and the plants on each sides, just like you are in a doorway of a paradise entrance. I have this arts and craft doors bought from http://caldwells.com/interior-doors/craftsman-doors, do you think that is also perfect to create entrance that way you have, or also need to paint.

-- check me at http://caldwells.com/exterior-doors - 2070 Newcomb Avenue, Unit B, San Francisco, CA 94124.

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