Nuts + Bolts

Liberty Street Deck by Robert Shepart and David Yama via www.studiogblog.comAre you considering adding a deck to your garden?  What deck materials or finish is right for you? What is right for your project? How do you figure out what to do?

This guide will help.

A Guide To Decking

There are four basic options for decking material—painted fir, hardwood, synthetic material, or treated wood.

Within those four options is a second round of decision-influencing options—finish, texture, color, and cost.

One might think the latter (cost) would drive the decision, but often costs can be deceiving. For example, some have a higher initial cost, but are much lower maintenance. As a result, we find ourselves dealing with several additional considerations—high cost/high maintenance, high cost/low maintenance, low cost/low maintenance, low cost/high maintenance, and more!

So where to begin?

What are the options, and what are the factors to evaluate?

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wood graain concrete pavers via www.studiogblog.com

It seems inevitable that as I finish up a cobblestone patio at my own home, I come across these pavers.  Had my cobbles not come with a little bit of history and some sentimentality, I would be hard pressed not to sell them on and opt instead for these wood grained concrete pavers.

wood graain concrete pavers via www.studiogblog.com

I mean really- the warmth and charm of aged teak but the stability and ease of installation of concrete?  What is not to love?  And the pattern options are endless.  I particularly love that top image with pebbles inside open squares that are framed by the pavers (even though I am sure it would create a weedy hassle). But the basket weave is really nice too.

wood graain concrete pavers via www.studiogblog.com

They aren’t terribly expensive either ($5.65 for each 8″ x 15.5″ paver) – except that the only place I can find them is through Big Grass Bamboo in San Antonio, Texas (which is far from here and the shipping will sure double the cost).

I’m imagining a very wabi sabi sort of space, or something more exotic and tropical like in these images.  But what would you use them for?

The staff at Uncanoonuc Mt. Perennials are so nice, they just smile sweetly even when they have no idea what you are yammering on about.

uncanoonuc mt perennials by rochelle greayer www.studiogblog.comThis is Uncanoonuc Mt. Perennials.

Last week, I was up in New Hampshire visiting the Proven Winners Team at Pleasant View Gardens and on my way back I thought it the perfect time to check out a garden center that had been highly recommended by my friend Neil at The Gardeners Spot (one of my fav. local garden centers).  Neil told me about this fantastic nursery that his closest friend has created that put his own beautiful center to shame.  Simply, a must visit….

ruby star coneflower uncanoonuc mt perennials by rochelle greayer www.studiogblog.comBut then I lost the little piece of paper that had the name of place written on it….

I googled and knew two things….that the center was between Manchester and Concord, New Hampshire and that it had a really odd name.  Uncanoonuc sounded right.

mercury rising coreopsis uncanoonuc mt perennials by rochelle greayer www.studiogblog.comThe place was fabulous and my favorite part was that all the beds were right out front so you could see the plants in the ground rather that all stacked up in pots in the nursery.  I also fell a little bit in love with the idea of using salt marsh hay for mulch…I actually liked the way it looked and think it might relieve my disdain for hauling mulch.

eucalyptus honeysuckle uncanoonuc mt perennials by rochelle greayer www.studiogblog.comSo while I was there I made extra special sure (like at least more than three times) to mention Neil and his recommendation and how Neil told me they were such good friends because Neil is awesome and all that….I seriously name dropped Neil’s name constantly, because I intensely wanted to make sure that Neil got credit for sending me there…Neil, Neil, Neil….

And then when I got home I had an email from Neil making sure I found the right place…he wanted to know what I thought of  Chakarian Farm Greenhouses.

Right, another crazy named nursery between Manchester and Concord.

climbing rose uncanoonuc mt perennials by rochelle greayer www.studiogblog.comI’ll be heading to Chakarian Farm Greenhouses next week — and will once again make sure they know that Neil sent me…but I hope that this time instead of blankly polite smiling faces (behind which lie people who think I am an obnoxious, name-dropping, friend-of-some-guy-named-Neil whackjob) I will actually meet Neil’s friends.

But seriously — Uncanoonuc Mt Perennials is well worth a visit.  It’s in Goffstown, NH.

images by rochelle greayer

 

garden hut black slats patio cover from torvan via www.studiogblog.comI am desperately trying to finish off some projects that have been carrying on for too long.  One of which is the pergola over the cobblestone patio that I laid last fall.  I have just finished putting the polymeric sand between the stones and now I need to turn my attention to the pergola that will go over the top.

modern chicage house by Ranquist Development via www.studiogblog.com

I have been hashing through the design details in my head for months and I have finally settled upon a style.  Black Slats.

The house is currently very dark brown, but I am slowing getting it stained black (season by season, side by side….who says you have to paint your house all at once?)  so going black makes sense to tie everything together.

outdoor bathroom from http://bobedre.dk/ via www.studiogblog.com

Open slats are modern but have a cottage appeal — which I think will strike a perfect balance for my quirky  1940’s house…plus they leave plenty of room to go a little glam….which I am dreaming of in my garden.

black slat garden via www.studiogblog.com

It has me thinking that maybe I need to go all black….I love the black pots (which I already have some of) and all the black accents.  This green/black color scheme works so well in Danish and Scandinavian light…I wonder if it will work in New England light?

images by Torvans, Trendir design by Ranquist Development, bo bedreskona hem

 

 

stump style via www.studiogblog.com

 

Simple, sturdy, texturally beautiful and nature made, stumps are a great inspiration for a variety of garden ready products.

  1.  Stump Pouf 
  2. Cottonwood Cast Stone Stump Fire Pit
  3. Light n’ Go Cocktail Party Fire log
  4. The Stump Cooler  
  5. Stump Chunks – Eco Fire starter from aged shredded stumps

 

 

john eshaya garden fabric via www.studiogblog.com
I stand in envious awe of the eclectic Los Angeles bungalow garden that belongs to John Eshaya, the founder of Jet clothing.

john eshaya garden fabric via www.studiogblog.com

I love the look of layered textiles and flowy fabrics in the garden but I can’t decide if I can handle it.

Can I live with all these outdoor fabrics being exposed and all that goes along with it (bugs taking up residence, dust and dirt in the fabric, and probable mildew….or protecting it by constantly taking it down and putting it up and taking it down….).   I need to experiment, perhaps all these textiles aren’t as wrought with problems as I imagine them to be.   New England weather and its extremes brings so many materials to their knees – surely these beautiful fabrics would be no exception?

john eshaya garden fabric via www.studiogblog.com

The shrine of kitschy religious statues that look like those that my parents made in the 70’s is however something that can happen in my garden.  But I am thinking to change them up for a collection of animals….like a little Serengeti on the garden coffee table.  Yes, that would be perfect.

-rochelle

images from  honestly wtf

coat hanger trellis DIY via www.studiogblog.com
How are things growing for you?  I’ve got a few things (new climbing hydrangea and new grape vine, I’m looking at you guys) that need some help.  They have outgrown the little wooden stick things that came in the pot with them and they need some help to grow up in the direction that I want them to.

coat hanger trellis via www.studiogblog.com

This project isn’t going to help me, because frankly it is too lightweight for hydrangeas and grape but it would be an easy solution for jasmine, honeysuckle, morning glories, or any other dainty climber.

DIY hanger trellis via www.studiogblog.com

It is quick and easy and who doesn’t have dozens of extra wire hangers cluttering up their closets?

diy trellis

What have you got growing that this might be perfect for?

Images and idea from AT casa