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A number of years ago, before we had our deck, I partially closed in my garage for several reasons:
1) We needed a place to sit “outside”, as there was no patio, deck, lawn etc;
2) The wind comes around here quite strongly when it blows, and I wanted to reduce the coldness during the winter;
3) The sun blasts the front part of the house during the day, and I wanted to reduce the excessive heating during the summer;
4) We never have used the garage for storing the car, but rather excessive stuff that we collect and use;
5) I needed a place protected from frost when I start my plants early in the spring, and yet make it handy to get them outside on warm spring days.
6) I needed a place that was cool enough to let my tulips die back without getting moldy, so there needs to be an air exchange. Note the buckets of tulips on and beside the table.

... so, I partially closed in the front of the garage, and made a door for entry.

I thought that the barricade looked a little plain, so I made a window box out of left over lumber, and pieces salvaged from the builder’s burn pile.

When Joel proposed this challenge, several ideas came to mind, but the other day, I went out and realized that I already had a window box placed in an unusual setting. Who else has a window box on their garage door? He made it more challenging with the concept of having something in the window, but I went down stairs this morning to check my email and I spotted a statue of Wm Shakespeare that I inherited from my dad, and I thought, ... I wonder what that looks like behind the window box.

The rest is history.

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



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jroot

5047 posts in 2206 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 1142 days ago

Another interpretation of this theme.

A number of years ago, when I built the deck, I closed in beneath the deck using the supporting structure. Because it is a narrow space, I utilized an old window frame, putting a mirror in place of the glass. This adds a perceived depth to the enclosed area. Under the window I have a shelf upon which I have an antique candleabra and a “window box” resting on supports behind a side table. This gives the illusion of the window box with flowers beneath the “window”. Reflecting in the window is the wonderful view of the bush and river behind us, thus allowing visitors sitting on the outside side of the enclosure to also watch the scenery.

Thus we can, while being outside, sit “inside” the enclosure and watch the beauty of nature outside of the enclosure. It is amazing to watch the sunsets while sitting inside here, and while being outside, be inside and not be eaten alive by mosquitoes, which hopefully remain outside.

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

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justjoel

1062 posts in 1956 days
hardiness zone 7a

posted 1142 days ago

Wonderful, Jroot! Wish I had a statue of the Bard.

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

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MsDebbieP

14677 posts in 2576 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 1142 days ago

Bill is definitely enjoying the view!!

These are AWESOME.

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

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NavyCop68

262 posts in 1867 days
hardiness zone 8

posted 1142 days ago

Could you post a couple of pics from the outside looking in? I really like what you have done here, but am having a ‘moment’ and cannot picture what this looks like from other angles…

-- Steve, Vancouver, WA

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jroot

5047 posts in 2206 days
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posted 1142 days ago

NavyCop68, I’m thinking that you mean the second concept. Here are a couple of links to it which I posted previously. If this is not what you are looking for, please feel free to send me a private e-message.

http://gardentenders.com/projects/162

http://gardentenders.com/projects/165

http://gardentenders.com/members/MsDebbieP/blog/2487

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

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daltxguy

882 posts in 1673 days
hardiness zone 4a

posted 1142 days ago

Wow, the challenge is done and dusted for you. Both ideas are quite clever and they look great!

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

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Greenthumb

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posted 1142 days ago

Lovely place you have JRoot

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

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NavyCop68

262 posts in 1867 days
hardiness zone 8

posted 1141 days ago

jroot, that is exactly what I was talking about! Thanks for the links to previous postings. I have a much better idea of what it looks like from all sides (and inside now). Always wonder what to do with that extra space. It is nice that you have a full story of room to work with under the deck, though.

-- Steve, Vancouver, WA

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Bon

7374 posts in 2356 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 1141 days ago

Beautiful Jroot.Everything you do is always such a nice show piece.

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

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Gone_Tropical

510 posts in 1289 days
hardiness zone 9b

posted 1139 days ago

very nice Jroot!!
too bad I can’t use this idea on my house… but the mirror project, I have an old mirror in the garage, all i need now is a window frame :-D

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1839 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 1139 days ago

Both of your window box ideas are marvelous, Jroot! I especially like the window box in front of the garage. Clever and beautiful.

-- "...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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jroot

5047 posts in 2206 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 1138 days ago

Thanks, folks. Much appreciated. I have been planning to do another one, but lately I’ve been busy planting hostas and ferns to more clearly define a boundary between a new neighbour with two young kids who will possibly have to be “educated” as to respecting someone’s property.

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

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justjoel

1062 posts in 1956 days
hardiness zone 7a

posted 1138 days ago

Well, if that’s the case with the kids next door, and you do end up making a free-standing one, you might not want to use a window with glass (aka, “targets”). :-)

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

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tunesandtales

145 posts in 1607 days
hardiness zone 5

posted 1114 days ago

I love the Shakespeare addition, John.

-- Helen, Stratford, ON

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sharad

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posted 1109 days ago

It took all these days for me to understand and comprehend the concept behind this challenge and your brain has worked so fast to finish this project. Hats off to your intelligent ideas, Jroot. It looks this challenge is only for the very brilliant and not for mediocre like me. Well done and good luck.

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

5047 posts in 2206 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 1109 days ago

Thanks, Sharad.

We STILL wait for JustJoel’s creation. Waiting … waiting …. waiting…

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

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justjoel

1062 posts in 1956 days
hardiness zone 7a

posted 1109 days ago

Working … workingworking

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

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