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Photos of garden porch

Posted by schoolhouse z5/ohio (My Page) on
Thu, Dec 5, 13 at 11:05

Here it is. I'll do some tweaking of the top later when I decided what I want (would prefer wider, weathered boards). In the Summer and Fall it will be more secluded, hidden by patches of weeds and wild flowers.

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Oh wow that is going to be spectacular !! I love the use of the pillars. Cannot wait to see how it looks !! You have a great eye and it's just a beautiful setting.


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me too,that will look like a beautiful framed picture when done.You certainly do have a good eye.
Kathi


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Thanks. I couldn't wait to share it with you.

My plan is to leave it as unadorned as possible, let it settle in with the nature down there. No paint. Except the ugly plastic tops and bottoms I had to buy for two of the columns as they had disappeared. I'll try to paint them grayish white and maybe rub some dirt stains on them (!) to give them that aged, repurposed look.

Limbs of dead and/or pruned trees will be laid around the top and over it as "lattice" , similar to twig projects I have done in the past. And I visualize a dome made the same way with an antique wooden finial on top. Ooooooo the possibilities! Did I mentioned I wanted it unadorned? :)


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Schoolhouse- It's a wonderful porch...and I think leaving it unadorned will be perfect. Such a great place to have a cup of tea and enjoy the garden :)


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Oh, I love the pillars! Outstanding! Thanks for sharing photos!


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Oh my! That is just wonderful! I agree that you have placed it perfectly and I cannot wait to see it come spring and summer. Now, I am looking around our little half-acre wondering if there is any spot for a garden porch here, too. You and Mary Lu have inspired me...as usual.


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Love, love, love it, also the setting you've chosen for it. Is it going to be in plain view or is it in an area where one would stumble upon it making ones imagination come into play?

Annette


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These photos from September show different points of view from the porch. The growth is tall so it will be semi-hidden mid- summer to fall.

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Yes, that hidden aspect will make it even better! Agree with Annette: love love love! You must be feeling terribly impatient for spring. I know I would be!


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Thank you very much. I appreciate comments from fellow gardeners, kindred spirits if I may say. I purposely wanted the floor close to the ground so that when you sit or stand there you are almost on the same plane as the flora.

As for Spring, I toyed with the idea of planting drifts of daffodils around it but didn't really know if that was the look I was going for. I already have some naturalized in the orchard and plant a number every year. I think I tucked in a couple bags of bulbs in some corners by the stone wall, but I do mow paths and areas near there too and if I would plant lots of bulbs I'd have to wait until late to mow the foliage off.

My tastes could change though, that's what a garden is all about after all.


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BTW, did you find the pillars at a local salvage place or did you have them already? It reminds me of the pillars in the field at the National Arboretum here.


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Great job! Can't wait to see it in spring and summer!Love the pillars. Are you going to paint the floor or stain it?


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I've had to replace the two columns on my front porch three times over the past 34yrs. The first two pair were wooden, this last pair I had put on are a resin material and should last awhile longer. I thought long and hard about the fake columns but once installed and painted they look great.

Unfortunately the older wooden pairs do not match exactly at the top. One pair has a more narrow band. And of course there was miscommunication on both the builder's and my part and opposites ended up front. :(

No paint or stain on the floor or the columns. I want the floor to weather to a grey patina and the columns to keep their chippy paint appearance. Except the new caps need painted as I mentioned above.


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Love it! I think one could call that a garden 'folly' and it is a lovely one! Looking forward to seeing it as you embellish it with 'roof' and plants.


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Thanks luckygal. Yes, believe it or not I mentioned that name "Garden Folly" to the workers as they were building it. I told them, "You know sometimes these structures are called "follies"". They just looked at me with half smiles like "Yep lady, that sounds about right". hee hee

The guy picked up his check yesterday and he suggested running cables corner to corner to stabilize it more. I haven't decided yet but I know it needs a tweak in that area. Cables? Maybe old rusty ones. :) No plants around it per se except something wild. We'll see.


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Lovely! It suits your garden well.

One thing to consider for your roofing, is whether you want it waterproof. If so, you can sandwich transparent corrugated roofing material (Onduline is the brand I am familiar with, though there are probably others) between layers of branches or whatever roofing material you choose. My inlaws did that with a pergola and they can sit outside in anything from a light sprinkle to a downpour and stay dry. It also lowers maintenance on any furniture that's kept there since it doesn't get wet. It would need to be a slanted roof, however so that it can drain.


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Thank you nhbabs,

Original plans call for no solid roofing at this time. Interesting, I just got a copy of the winter issue of Cottage Journal and there is a photo of a wooden garden arch with limbs arranged ontop.

When I built my trellis house of branches, I did put on a solid roof (slanted) of plywood, then tar paper. It lasted many years.
It sat in the exact same spot as the new porch (or follie!). This is a pic before roses and silver lace vine smothered it.

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I think it's spelled "folly" isn't it?


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Love your trellis house. Unfortunate that untreated wood doesn't last forever.

Yes, 1 folly, 2 follies.

My favorite site for pics of follies is "Locationworks." Of course they are in Britain and most are stone or brick and quite ornate.


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The main reason the trellis house succumbed was because of one load bearing post at the back (made of pine tree stump) rotted at the bottom. Then it went back to nature pretty quickly.

Thanks for the link.


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What a pleasure to come across your pictures on a cold snowy evening! I can just imagine the many hours of pleasure you will have sitting out there. Now I am inspired to shake off the winter doldrums and focus on the next stage of my backyard project.


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Schoolhouse, thanks for showing your trellis folly again! I always loved that one!


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  • Posted by memo Zone 4B Nebraska (My Page) on
    Sun, Jan 12, 14 at 23:38

I rather like that they mismatched the pillars, Schoolhouse. It makes them seem more "found" if that makes sense. As for stabilizing the corners more, perhaps you could seek out some architectural corner pieces to use at the corners tying the pillars to the upper frame more? What ever you decide on in the end I'm sure it's going to be wonderful. I love all the views you'll have being able to simply turn your chair one direction or another and having a whole new view to look at. Brilliant!

MeMo


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Thank you.

And thanks, MeMo about the suggestion of the corner pieces. I was actually thinking about some cool architectural pieces as corner supports, but wondered how they would attach. So then decided perhaps I should go the traditional route for the top instead of using twig art. ha. Find some reclaimed lumber and make wider top boards of course and cross beams like a normal pergola top. This would spoil the aura of "found" (I like that!) however.

Nice to hear different suggestions. It will be fun to begin the treasure hunt for the corner pieces.Thanks again.


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Now that I know what to call them - corbels - I'm having a great time browsing Ebay and Etsy! I may check out some local people who sell reclaimed lumber and such so I can see the pieces in person.


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I love this! And your views from the area are wonderful! I look forward to seeing it surrounded by colors and foliage as the seasons move along.

FlowerLady


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Thank you. Still wavering between "dressed up" or "leave to nature". Just this afternoon I weeded the old pink damask rose growing near it, the rose once covered a trellis house in the same spot. It's not my intent to let it cover the folly (porch), but we shall see.


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