Monday, August 10, 2015

DRESSING UP THE BARNS

So even though it was HOT this weekend, we dropped off some things to (eventually anyway) dress up the barns.

Shed with stones around perimeter
We found a use, albeit temporary, for the stones we're bringing out there.  I believe several of you suggested this.  We like the look, gives it more charm.  I'm afraid though that in a few weeks, when the grass starts growing again, they will all be covered up and I'll have to use the weedeater around them.  We'll see how that goes, but for now we like it.  


Red barn with clay pots on each side of doors
Then we brought a couple of our large (these are pretty good size, 18" diameter) clay pots with saucers.  We put one on each side of the doors to the larger barn. It got too hot to finish putting stones around this barn, ha.


Red barn, white trellis
Then, as I was heading out on Saturday, I realized that we had these two trellises in town that were behind the garage, not being used.  I looked at the white and thought "hmm, I wonder how they would look in the pots?" and tossed them in the back of the car.  And here they are!  

Sure enough, we think they look pretty good, all things considered.  Not sure what we'll put in the pots that will climb the trellises and look nice but we don't want anything that will attach onto the barn and try growing through the siding, after all, the building is still new, ha.  There is no hurry of course as none of it will get done anytime soon.  They are just put in place, on hold, because it's far too hot for anything to happen now.

Any easy to grow, drought/heat tolerant climbers good for containers?


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  1. that looks amazing,, that red barn is a beauty!!

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    1. Thank you! It's a slow but fun process!

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  2. Love the new trellis and pots. What a great spot that's going to be............

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    1. Thank you, it will progress slowly but deliberately, ha. :-)

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  3. they are perfect! fall flowering clematis would be wonderful. they won't attach to the garage and when they bloom it would look awesome! that barn would look great with a white pergola built on the front of it. it could go up the sides and right above the upper white board. or it would be perfect as is and you could add a white barn star in that empty area. here i go designing again! it's a bad habit of mine!

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    1. Thanks, I put them there and thought "wow, it was meant to be!". Clematis? I will check that out, thank you! I definitely don't want anything that attaches to the siding, at least not for a few years anyway, ha. A barn star!!!! I didn't know that was what they were called. I definitely want to put one up there. A big white one! Design away, I trust your opinion cause your house is gorgeous!

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    2. Clematis grow best when their roots are kept cool, usually with other low plants blocking the sun from the base of the plants. Planting them in pots may not be the best. If you want something tough, some blue morning glories might be good.

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    3. Oooh, morning glories, I have some seeds for those and I remember my Grandmother used to love those. Thanks for the info!! Nothing going in right now of course, lol, but great info, thanks.

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  4. Depends on what direction they are facing and how much sun they get. Love the rocks. Yes, weeds will love them. My husband has been sick and has to use herbicide (I know, I hate it) as he can no longer weed eat and I tried it for about 2 minutes and that was all I lasted. But, it will keep the weeds down. I bring back suitcases of rocks from travels to build little cairns around the farm.

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    1. Oh good point. They get FULL sun and face due West. So they get morning sunrise and all the way up to probably noonish until it's overhead and then it sets behind the barn? Hey I understand...I might try something like vinegar. We'll see cause I'm like you, while I love my time on the mower, I HATE weedeating, ha. Cairns? I'll have to google that, LOL!.

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  5. Whatever you plant, you might consider mixing your potting soil with those crystals that retain water, since plants in pots dry out faster than those in the ground and you aren't there during the week.

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    1. Oh, great idea. Thank you for that. I think they might even have potting soil that has that mixed in? I will look into that. Thanks for the reminder.

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  6. We stacked flat Tennessee limestone rocks at the base of our out buildings, your rocks give a similar look, we weed with a hoe around them, but if your are not able then I suggest a weed-killer, otherwise they'll be covered up before a month or two.
    The trellis's give a lovely look, if you don't plant flowers in the pots, maybe a nice Spruce or Arborvitae ?
    ~Jo

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    1. Hello! I was thinking of stacking up some rocks (we have lots more to bring) and making them look more like a stone foundation. Hey, I'm not opposed to weedkiller if that's what it takes. Great idea about those plants, I didn't think about that. Would be pretty up against the red barn. And no worry of being invasive with the siding.

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  7. Looking good! I would suggest painting the inside of the terracotta pots before anything else along with the crystals mentioned above. The paint stops the terracotta absorbing the water. Keep cool lovey!!

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    1. I didn't know that about painting the inside. Thanks! Definitely trying to keep cool, I guess you should keep warm, right? Ha!

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  8. I have a similar collection of rocks, but can't remember what I planned to do with them. Love the white trellises against the barn, think I'll have to copy that look!

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    1. LOL! We have a bunch at the house in town and realized that when we sell the house, the new owner will get them and I'll be darned, I want them for our farm. I don't know what FOR, but at least we'll have them, ha. The white trellises looked great huh? I didn't think about it until I saw them and they really 'fit'.

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  9. Looks awesome. The weeds will start growing around those rocks and kind of hard to use the weed eater there. Like the idea of the painting of the inside of the pot. Plant something that blooms for your bees. Honeysuckle, Crepe myrtle, etc., etc. It depends on which side of the building, east or west?

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    1. Yep, that's what I'm afraid of. Vinegar, salt, whatever I need to do. Faces due West. morning sun coming up until midday/afternoon and then sun sets behind the building. Definitely something bee friendly. :-)

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  10. Have you thought about bougainvilla? Not sure I'm spelling it right, ha. There are thorns but the flowers are nice and prolific in the heat.

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    1. Ooh, I didn't think about those, and they do grow well down here. I hate the thorns though but since so many trees at the farm have thorns, I'm kinda used to it, ha. Thanks!

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  11. Oh my GOSH your barn is SO pretty. I'm totes jealous!

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    1. Aww, thanks! It's pretty large, not for animals, more for workshop/storage, etc. It's big and has two lofts. We're happy with it for sure!

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  12. I love those rocks around your barn! And those pots with the trellises really brighten up that area.
    If grass starts growing up around the rocks, you might try some 9% or stronger vinegar on a hot day on it.

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    1. Thanks, well we have the HOT days don't we, ha. I was wondering/hoping vinegar might work. Yes, the trellises added much more than I thought they might. :-)

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  13. I vote for either morning glories or mandevilla. If you plant morning glory, you can also plant moonstone in the same planter and you will have blooms morning and night. I have planted them along my fence line together and they intertwine beautifully, but they don't mar the fence surface

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    1. Thank you for that...I love that idea of something for morning and night. I'll look up moonstone! Mandevilla is a good idea too, forgot about that one. Thank you!!!

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  14. I love how the trellis looks. Happy and cheerful which is terrific to me. Morning glory is what I would try but I believe that anything will be hard to grow during the hot times if you cannot water every day. I have 2 huge ceramic pots on my front porch and I have to water every day July/Aug. I switched out from clay as I had to water those twice a day to keep things alive and I am growing only plants with low water needs. We are not as hot as you here in the high dessert of Colorado.

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    1. Happy and cheerful! I like that! Makes me smile too and theres nothing in them yet, ha. Yeah, it will have to be an experiment for sure. I might need to research the low water plants as well. Thank you for the info! Much appreciated!! :-)

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