A Chick Does Tropical Garden

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fall in Houston and my Bamboo Arbor

Fall is my favorite time of the year.  It was when I lived in Seattle, and it is now that I live in Houston.  But, for different reasons.  In Seattle, it's when I could stop watering the plants and not work so hard.  No built-in sprinklers there.  In Houston, it's when the weather is absolutely perfect and Houston Garden has every single plant, including palm trees, on sale for 70% off.  Gotta LOVE that!

By fall in Houston, the tropical plants have gone gang-busters because of the heat and humidty, and it is starting to cool down so that some of the spring blooming plants also peak out again.  The weather in Houston in the fall is like Seattle in the summer -- it's just that we have better weather longer -- in other words, for longer than two weeks.  Right now it's in the low to mid 80's for highs and mid 50's to low 60's for lows.  Ahhhh...window opening time.  Great for listening to my outdoor fountains and not needing the air conditioner.

This fall, my SWEET husband put up a WONDERFUL arbor for me made of bamboo.  (Did I mention I love bamboo?)  It's framing the great fountain I found at Nelson Water Gardens (I wish everyone could go to that place -- it's remarkable!)   I wanted it to "break up" my backyard a bit to make it more park-like.  I also added my "Fred Flintstone" bench that I bought in North Bend, Washington, when I lived in the Seattle area.

It looks better in person than it does through pictures, but you would love it, too.  I bought the bamboo through Mainlanders, and I really wanted it longer than 8 feet, but anything longer would have to be freighted.  So, I settled for 5"x8' bamboo and it was UPS'd to me.  It took some time to figure out how to put it up without sticking it directly into the ground, because we don't want it to rot.  So, my hubby put two 4"x4" stakes in the ground (which he had to "whittle" down a bit to fit inside the end of the bamboo) which he then concreted in,  and then we slipped the bamboo over the top of these and screwed them in.  Before that, we had to screw the crossbar to the two "posts", but that wasn't too difficult because he used 10" lag bolts.  Just measure and drill and screw the bolts in and voila!  I used 3/8" sisal rope as "ties".  Did I say that I love it?  Yep.  I do.  I've got more photos of the process, too, if you would like to see them.  Just let me know!
GROOVY COOLNESS GADGET


T.K. Goforth is a musician and author of the well-received book "Chord Piano is Fun!" She also writes a music blog called "Chord Piano Chick's Mostly Musical Musings.
Chord Piano Is Fun

1 comment:

garden arbor bench said...

your blog is amazing. new follower!

T.K. Goforth is a musician and author of the well-received book "Chord Piano is Fun!" She also writes a music blog called "Chord Piano Chick's Mostly Musical Musings.
Chord Piano Is Fun