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Old 08-12-2013, 12:57 PM   #16
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Thanks elic...However we're hardly experts. WE just decorate our yrd
to our liking...If you want our advise, first you need to tell me wht you already have, patio, deck, established beds etc...
I would start with the patio, nice planters, flowering pots, comfortable seating, and a shaded
patio is key. Nobody wants to sit out in the summer in the hot sun.

I love rock gardens and paths mixed with stone, large rocks and slate.
The use of rocks and stone is especially nice if you have areas where grass is hard to grow, or it
gets trampled from walking on it. I also like layers (berms) instead of just flat areas.
This is a mix of stone and slate, from July 16th This is front of our pond,
but you can just as easily do this in front of a bed. If you notice we plant close and tight with lots of
perrenial ground covers and ivy, as well as
lots of vinca vine. This leaves no room for weeks to grow. thus, no weeding in the hot summer
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Old 08-12-2013, 01:00 PM   #17
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This is from this morning...
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Old 08-12-2013, 01:25 PM   #18
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Now for the birds...
We love feeding the birds and do so all year long.
We currently have a family of Cardinals...a Mom, Pop,
and three fledglings. They are at our feeders all day long,
as well as woodpeckers, wrens, tit mouse, woodpeckers,
carolina wrens, blue jays, black capped chickadees,
and American goldflinches to name a few.
This is a new bird house we made last year after a squirrell distroyed
our old house.
It's on a pole that we wrapped (many years ago) with grapevine
roping...It also provides a great place for the clamatis to climb.
The birds give endless hours of enjoyment...and feeders and houses
can be in a garden in a 'decorative way.'
I have a few more that are my favorites.
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Old 08-12-2013, 01:56 PM   #19
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This is one we made from a regular feeder, We took out the plastic inner tube and wired
a suet feeder cage inside. Then we wrapped the twisted
branches from the trimmings of our walking stick tree.
The birds love it, especially the woodpeckers.
They land on the branches and look around before hopping
on the suet. Many times there is a Queue on the branches.

Wow, by accident I got two pics up?
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:49 PM   #20
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Well currently I am planning to start decorating/renovating my patio, for which I want some ideas, if you can share me some pictures of patios that you like or by which you took some inspiration so that will be great.
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Old 08-13-2013, 02:11 PM   #21
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What kind of patio do you have and how big is it?
Is it covered? in my opinion a top on the patio is essential, nobody
wants to sit out in the hot sun.
I know they sell free standing awnings, pretty reasonably.

A good place to start is seating. I prefer outdoor wicker, it's comfortable
and durable. Our set is at least 20 years old...it stays out 24/7
365 days a year. In the winter we gang the chairs around the table
and cover it with a tarp.

We made two seating areas, one with a large table and six chairs.
The big table also has 4 smaller chairs that enables us to seat 8 to
10 at the big table.
We also have another smaller table with just two chairs that we use everyday.
We also can put 2 more chairs at the small table.

If your patio is covered, then your on your way to creating an outdoor room.
Hanging baskets from the patio covering and nice potted plants on the patio
is a plus.
Put nice potted plants on the tables.

I know of no sites where you can go for inspiration. I have a vivid
imagination, thus, it's probably best I stay away from patios and deck
websites.

Another thing we have on our deck is a serving bar, with running water
that we rigged from a garden hose...we picked up a faucet from
Home Depot...made a tall thing for it, and underneath we use a big ceramic
oval bowl picked up from a garage sale for 2.00. It was the insert
for a slow cooker.( we ditched the slow cooker.) under the bar we have
two small under the counter refrigerators. One refrigerator is
14 years old, the other is two years old...they also stay out
all year...think I must sound crazy at this point, but it's all about comfort.
The running water nearby waters
all the pots of plants, flowers, and my herb garden without getting the hose
out and up on the deck and turning it on and off.
I would like to make a new bar for outside, it's currently on my
to do list.

Tell us more about your patio.
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:36 AM   #22
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Well the bar thing really attracts me well my patio is not that big and not even covered, do I need to cover it up first? is it necessary if I am not planning right now to put any appliances as you have placed refrigerators in your bar, I am right now not planning for anything like that so do I need to cover?

Running water must give a peaceful look to a garden but my question here is how can I make something like that if I just have a simple and not maintained at all patio? From where I start first? Covering it or making ponds?

Thanks for your response, they'll help me for sure by the way
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Actually, our serving bar is backed up against the house. In the fall
we take our fabric down from the pergola, so the fridges do
stay out all winter...only the back and top of the fridges are covered.

We have a back on the serving bar that houses the fridges, however,
the snow does pile up in front of it. The reason we have two is
a couple of years ago -- the bottom of the fridge door started to rot so
we went and bought a new one...Then the head guy cut a piece of metal
for the front and applied it and painted the fridge black to match the new one.
We keep one running all year. It's a wonderful thing to keep beer, soda,
juices cold and at hand all summer long. We never planned on having two,
but we keep watermelon, corn, etc...The extra fridge space come in handy
when you have company. Even in the winter at holiday time, it comes in
handy.

I'll get some pics of the set-up later....
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Old 08-14-2013, 06:30 PM   #24
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Well elic, You need to focus on one thing at a time. First the patio
area, and then the pond if you want one.

You don't need a gigantic pond, many people start small with a pre-fab
pond, before taking the leap to a bigger pond.

Our son picked up a small pre-fab pond (about 200 gallons)and pump at a yard sale for a song.
He landscaped around it beautifully. He keeps a few goldfish in it and takes the fish in for the winter.
So, I recommend if you
think you want a water feature -- get a pre-formed pond and go from there.
You have an entire winter to plan out a pond for next Spring.


Here is the duel fridges, under the service bar, note the water faucet
is up on the left, partially visable.
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This is the faucet. we built it up on a tower (the stained glass on
the tower is just for decoration.)...the hose comes up from
under the deck and up the tower...The water is only turned off when we go away.
I could never do without it, as we water all the deck plants with it.
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Actually, our serving bar is backed up against the house. In the fall
we take our fabric down from the pergola, so the fridges do
stay out all winter...only the back and top of the fridges are covered.

We have a back on the serving bar that houses the fridges, however,
the snow does pile up in front of it. The reason we have two is
a couple of years ago -- the bottom of the fridge door started to rot so
we went and bought a new one...Then the head guy cut a piece of metal
for the front and applied it and painted the fridge black to match the new one.
Yes this will be a great idea for me too, if I place a fridge with covering it from the weather conditions and to use it in the summers and falls and even in the winters if required, because I was just worried of the same issue that the fridge could possibly have some rust on it because of the weather, but covering it properly might help in preventing the rust or not that is my important question ? And if it will help then which material should I use?
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Well the picture of the fridge place is great, I'll do something like that too. It is an inspiration for me
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And in the last picture, what is this a tub or a bucket? Whatever it is, it's really nice and adding a beauty in your garden space, however I am thinking of the same idea with adding a recycled pond in the garden area. What you think about it?
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Do you mean the bucket I use for a sink, it's just a tub
that I picked up for a couple of dollars.

the fridge....After years, it will eventually rust on the bottom of the door
(from the snow).. We put a strip of bendable metal on the bottom
two years ago and then spray painted it.
the old fridge is 14 to 15 years old... the new one is 2 years old.

BTW...they only cost 99.00 ... we got a lot of years out of the old
fridge outside for 99.00...
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$99.00 that's not so expensive though, well I must consult it with rest of my family members and then surely will place it

About the bucket what you did to recycle the water? I mean you surely recycle it right?

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