A Chick Does Tropical Garden

Friday, July 15, 2011

July Happenings in This Chick’s Garden -- Bamboo Arbors

It's gettin' hotter!  Actually, it's been pretty darn hot here in Houston for the entire summer -- often over 100 degrees, and just now are we starting to have voluntary water conservation.  But, the garden is still thriving.  For the most part, that is.

It's not unusual for me or my gardening buddies to be gardening outside in this hot weather.  We begin as you would boiling a frog -- start the temperature out cool (so that, in the frog's case it doesn't jump out of the water), and as it heats up it's hardly noticeable.  Pretty soon, you are cooking and you don't even realize it.  I know that's kinda gross, but that's kinda how it is.  (Not that I would cook a froggy. Yuck.)

But, I still LOVE IT.  No matter what the weather, I love getting out in my garden, digging, moving, pruning, watering, enjoying my tropical garden.

A few weeks ago my son, J-GQ, and I trimmed down some of my wonderful Oldhamii bamboo and built some arbors for along my fence.  We did this, because the palm tree in that area had grown so tall that the leaves no longer camouflaged the neighbor's roof line.  I no likey.  A neighbor's roof line has NO PLACE in a tropical garden.  So, I wanted to build some "height" and the best way to do this was with the arbors.  My Boyfriend had built an arbor last year with some large sized bamboo that I ordered online, these are mini copies of this.

Here are some photos of the process.  First of all, we have the "host", which provided the lumber:




Then we measured properly, measuring twice and cutting once, as one must always do when building something, don'tcha know.  After that, we drill, drill, drilled -- connecting the crossbars with the posts.
Dig those groovy boots...





It was hot, but it was kinda fun, too.  (We took turns with the drill drill drill part.  I didn't want to be left out.)











 Then, we drilled them to the fence, one on each side of the large palm tree. 








We then drilled some smaller "branches" under the crossbar to fill it in and allow for vines to attach itself to as it eventually will begin to billow over the arbor.













I then tied some twine over the intersections of the bamboo so it looks really cool. 











 Here are some photos of the finished product:









If you'd like more information on how to do this, leave a comment and I will give you some more tips!




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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

2 comments:

Theresa said...

Nice. I like my yard to look like a tropical forest too. Are yall back in the states?

Paula Jo @ Home and Garden Decor said...

Howdy T.K.
that's a really nice project and you using the bamboo that is growing in your yard anyway was a really good idea. Bamboo will last a long time, even here in our region with the most of times high humidity and instead of using some kind of pre-manufactured wooden or even a steel arbor, it gives your tropical garden an additional special touch. Hope you will keep posting pictures as the vines will make progress climbing up on this new arbor.
Try to stay cool and have a wonderful weekend
Paula Jo

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