An Easy to Make and Inexpensive Trellis for Clematis, Morning Glories and other Vines

An Easy to make Trellis for Climbing Vines

An Easy to make Trellis for Climbing Vines

A few years ago I was invited to friends’ house for supper. Before the couple started the barbecue, they gave me a quick tour of their garden. The husband had started a collection of clematis vines and planted six or more of them in a row along a wooden privacy fence that separated their land from the neighbors. The clematis were all growing fine, but the thing that disturbed me most was that each of the clematis was planted along side a decorative trellis. Each of the trellises that they chose would be a welcome addition to any garden, but having all of those different styles of plant supports in a row was just too much of a good thing to see (very busy looking).

Here at Whimsey Hill, I have a dozen or so clematis and some decorative trellises that I’ve picked up over the years, but most of my vine supports are much less fancy. To me, a fancy trellis is fine in certain places in the garden, but most of the time I think it should be about the plant, not what it grows up on. This post is about how I make my inexpensive trellises for the clematis and morning glory vines I grow in my garden. Continue reading

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It Really starts feeling like Spring when I bring out the Lawn Furniture and Fill Planting Containers

IMG_0290IMG_0291 Last week, with the nightly temperatures rising a bit and days looking to not be that cold, I decided it was time to put out the lawn furniture and the more delicate garden ornaments (accessories). It is surprising that with just a few hours work and some lawn furniture, garden ornaments and planting containers, how quickly my property was transformed from the ho-hum that I see during Winter, to a much more visually pleasing sight for my eyes to view, and I didn’t even have to plant up my containers with late Spring and Summer annuals to have something to look at.

Now let’s look at the first photos, the cover photos for this post. Continue reading

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A Garden Tour of My Property. It might be Spring, but You should be thinking Winter Interest when Planning your Garden

Evergreens provide Year-Round interest in the Garden, Plant them First

Evergreens provide Year-Round interest in the Garden, Plant them First

After getting over a Winter here in upstate New York that was snowier and colder than recent years past, everyone I know is soo glad it’s finally getting warmer and signs of Spring are showing up. All the garden folk that I’ve come across just can’t wait to be outside to start the preparation for the growing season soon to come.

It is still much too early to plant annuals, and perennials are just starting to show signs of coming back to life, but when the ground has warmed up and dried out a bit more, evergreens and deciduous bushes and trees can be planted in the garden.

When a person is thinking about gardening, especially here in the north-east, they should not just put attention onto annuals or perennials that are seen for 5 or 6 months a year, but think about evergreens in the garden and around their property that provide something to look at 365 days a year.

Here at Whimsey Hill House, I’ve put a lot of thought into placing all different shapes, sizes, colors and heights of evergreens and deciduous bushes and trees on my property so I have something to look at, out through every window in my house, or while outdoors, during the coldest and darkest days of Winter when nothing is growing. This post is a garden tour of my property, right after the beginning of the Spring cleanup, which shows how I’ve placed evergreens on my land. The evergreens are the stars of my garden from November until almost May, but as perennials start to emerge and annuals are added to the garden beds, they have a way of stepping back and going from star to supporting cast. Continue reading

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The color BLUE, the Next Decorating Trend

Move Over Radiant Orchid, BLUE is Easier to Decorate with!

Move Over Radiant Orchid, BLUE is Easier to Decorate with!

Recently I was looking through all the different “shelter” magazines at my local super market, and I think I spotted what might be the next interior decorating trend. Every magazine I picked up had the color BLUE, as either the predominate color shown on the cover of the magazine, or BLUE was a focal point / major factor in one of the homes featured in that month’s issue. Continue reading

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Picking Paint Colors for a Small House, Condominium or Apartment

Neutral Paint Colors can Trick the Eye into thinking Your Home is Larger than it really is.

Neutral Paint Colors can Trick the Eye into thinking Your Home is Larger than it really is.

Buying your first home, or moving into your first apartment should be a fun and exciting period in your life. One of the first things that you will most likely want to do is pick new paint colors, and change the colors of the rooms so they say you. Even the slightest color change, because you choose it, makes all the difference psychologically. (If renting contact your landlord to see if changing paint colors is OK).

Picking paint colors for a small place or open concept spaces is really quite simple. You want to pick colors that make the spaces look airy and larger than they probably are, by tricking the eye into thinking there is more space in your new place than there really is. Continue reading

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Today Fred Gonsowski Garden Home.com reached the point of having 500,000 Page Views/Articles Read

img351 img358Today February 21, 2014 at 8:01PM, Fred Gonsowski Garden Home.com reached another milestone; having had 500,015 page views/ articles read. When I first started this blog in October of 2010, I had no idea or premonition of ever getting to this point. The reason I started this blog was not that I liked or wanted to write, but to let out a lot of things about decorating and gardening that I had inside of me, and not that many places to apply.

For my followers and casual readers who don’t know about it, WordPress is how I get an article, drawings, and sometimes photos from my home in upstate New York out onto the internet for you to find. WordPress is kind of like a middleman that I upload articles to, and through them they end up on the internet / domain. WordPress is quite a remarkable entity. They do all the counting of articles read by my readers, and provide me daily with the numbers and even countries across the world where readers came in from. Continue reading

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How to Pick the Perfect GRAY PAINT…. A Popular Color choice of the Moment

The color Gray, one of the most popular interior decorating trends of the moment, you see it on everything from paint, fabric, carpeting and on painted wood furniture.

The color Gray, one of the most popular interior decorating trends of the moment, you see it on everything from paint, fabric, carpeting and on painted wood furniture.

If you look through interior decorating magazines, go to show houses, or even watch reality shows on TV, you will see gray interiors everywhere. Gray, be it light and silvery or dark and slate toned has taken the place of the colors gold, red and green which for years were used constantly. I think with the national obsession for all things that look Pottery Barn, gray has become the perfect new neutral color for a person who wants something different from the classic colors of the past.

Looking at the different colors of gray.. Continue reading

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