Look at the "treasure" I got today

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  1. cherylad

    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    When I got home, my "good brother" was here about to throw this in the junk pile.
    "Wait! I've been wanting one of those!" (since I saw one used here.)
    He looked at me like I was nuts. So I quickly told him my plan for it. It is now tucked away, until Spring and I know the perfect place and plant that will call it home...my Lavendar Lady Passion Flower.


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    old patio umbrella ( photo / image / picture from cherylad's Garden )
     
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    waretrop Strong Ash Plants Contributor

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    That's precious. Who would have thought you could put that old thing to such good use.

    Barb in Pa.
     
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    Roll on spring so that we can see exactly what you're going to do with it and where you're going to put it. :stew2:
     
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    There will be a happy passion flower with lots of shade next spring. Nice rescue.

    Jerry
     
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    Barb... I wish I could remember who recently posted their old umbrella stand covered in morning glories. Hopefully they'll see this post and "raise their hand" as my inspiration.

    Eileen... Right now the Passion Flower is on a pretty short "make-do" trellis over by the bird bath/ fountain. It's main purpose was to block that area so "the dragon" wouldn't mow through there since the clippings were beginning to clog up my fountain pump. I'll take a photo tomorrow.

    Deanna... You should have seen the look on my brother's face! :eek:
    You'd think they'd be used to my wackyness by now.

    Jerry... the passion flower will not get lots of shade... it WILL be the shade.
    I've ready cut away the rotting canvas. All that's left is the "skeleton".
     
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    Looking forward to seeing the completed project!
     
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    I have used an old umbrella to shade delicate plants for several summers. The cloth has finally gave out. Any ideas for what I might do with the frame? It still functions.
     
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    I'm going to use the frame as a trellis. I wish I could remember who showed a picture of there's... I'm thinking maybe DonnaS?
     
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    This one is short handled, so maybe. I have an old truck horn stuck on a peice of pipe to extend it. Not sure what I will do with that yet, but it is bound to have some good purpose for it. I usually have a lot of ideas for stuff, but some are slow in coming. I have an old iron cot frame that was going to be the top for an arbor, but it is still setting in my shed waiting for the arbor to get built. I had started an arbor with help but the weather knocked that one over.
     
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    That is a great find. I use those parasols all the time... every summer for one thing or another.

    You lucky so-'n-so. :)
     
  13. cherylad

    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    Yes... it's pretty short. My plan is to bury an extension pipe and then slide the frame into it. And when the plant dies back over the winter, just take the frame out and stick something in the pipe.. perhaps a garden flag... or maybe a solar light.
     
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    Cheryl, I think Donna has an umbrella with vines on it. I remember her posting a photo when the vines were just starting and later when they had covered the ribs.
    Donna, if it wasn't you, I apologize!
     
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    You know, Cheryl--if you didn't put something in the hole of the tube that is in the ground, you could always neatly tie a sandwich bag over the hole to keep the rain out...and thus rust forming.
     
  16. cherylad

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    We have some left-over galvanized pipe from when we erected my grandparents old archway. We drilled holes near the bottom so the water could drain. I was thinking of doing the same thing. So far no sign of rust.
     

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