Monday, June 20, 2005

Deck: Before and Soon After

When we moved in, the plantings around the deck consisted of one half dead red maple and some gangly roses. The maple is still half dead, but the roses turned out to be lovely surprises (a Terese Bugnet and a Rockin Robin). This spring, I planted ferns and spiderwort around the entire perimeter of the deck to disguise its "legs." Eight hostas will be added soon to fill the remaining bare spots. Currently, the perimeter planting is also my free tree plant nursery.

The lattice roof and its posts were begging to be covered in vines, so two trumpet vines and three clematis are slowly making their way up. I ordered both vines from Parks. The trumpet vines were sticks when I received them, but are now leafed out and taking off. The clematis (shipped in 4 inch pots) are barely holding on. I don’t recommend buying clematis in anything smaller than a gallon container. Hopefully, they’ll all make it through the winter to flower next summer and the “one year later” pictures will be eye-popping.

Unfortunately, it doesn't look as if Blogger supports javascript, so no slick roll-over pictures. Instead, you can compare before and after the old fashioned way: two photos side by side.

Looking southwest:

Looking southeast:

Looking northeast:

Of course, before and after photos are easy to make dramatic when “before” is Winter and “after” is Summer.


Blogger OldRoses said...

WOW!! You've turned a typical suburban deck into an absolute paradise. You must love spending time out there now.

10:11 PM  
Blogger Brit said... looks great.

2:55 PM  
Blogger Dianne said...

This is a lovely deck! I love the hammock. You have definitely added your personal touch to the area.
I took a piece of my mother-in-law's trumpet vine about 12 yrs ago and it now covers half of our shed. I also have a clematis tucked in next to the above and it is doing fairly well holding it's own.

9:11 AM  

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