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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Doves & Scrolls For the Garden (Arbor For Kiwi)

My husband added this detail to many special buildings he built for me.This is part of the roof support of my dovecote.(below)
 If you look at the roof ridge in this pen in my herb garden you can see the same dove detail. It is presently housing our granddaughter's rooster Roseville, but I will be putting doves in it soon.You can see the close-up here.
 The new arbors for kiwi and grapes surround the dovecote and my husband has worked to craft them so they reflect the other garden structures he has built. We are not finished yet, so many little details to add, plus the landscaping and the upkeep of the gardens.
 The decking under the wood lawn furniture is not on yet. We will be using the gray plastic decking that looks like wood, but will last as many years as we hope to live here, and then some. You can see the new kiwis my husband planted and is training to climb the arbor. The kiwi vines will cover the arbor in a year or two, provide shade in the summer, and fruit to eat.
 

15 comments:

goatpod2 said...

Very nice!

Amy

Pondside said...

What a beautiful detail on each structure. Your garden looks like a real haven - I know you take such pleasure in your home and I enjoyed the closer look at this part of it. We planted kiwi many years ago and it now covers the run where our young birds have fresh air and sunshine, giving them a spot for shade and shelter from aerial predators.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Those are beautiful signature pieces!

Kathy M.

Maple Lane said...

I love the dove cut-outs. Your entire yard is just lovely. Will you be entertaining family for the 4th?

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Oh, my word, Kathy! Everything is just beautiful. The dove cutouts are the best!

Kim said...

It looks like such a peaceful place. Love the cutouts on the structures!

Daisy said...

It all looks so lovely. How wonderful to have the Kiwis there for shade and fruit. The dove cutouts and scroll work make it all extra special.

Dolores said...

The cut outs add the perfect touch!!!

Your lawn and seating area is so peaceful looking and beautiful!!!
Hugs,

PeregrineBlue said...

wow kathy, you would never tell such a storm swept by so recently. the house looks like a magazine home. i adore your husband's craftsmanship with the arbors.

hope all is well with you all.

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Such a wonderful job at getting them all done! Pieces like this just make the backyard!

LindaSue said...

Your DH does beautiful work - the yard is a haven

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Oh Kathy, I cannot imagine having my own kiwis...how wonderful! The touches Jim puts around buildings; a work of love, to be sure.

Star said...

Indeed you are lucky to have such a handy husband! and the space to bring these projects to life. I find all you are doing very interesting and encouraging. I hope you both have many more years to enjoy all your creations, Kathy.
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Willow said...

I love what you did with your yard. I need to have hubby make me one of those for our chairs to sit under.

Luke Kelso said...

The house I moved in to last summer had an arbor, with honeysuckle growing over the arches and more than a few wolf spiders making their homes within it! Needless to say, once installed a garden pond from the guys at ukwaterfeatures.com, those arachnids were quickly evicted or eaten by the bigger bugs that came to play!