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A new arch.

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We have been patching the old arches up for years and T was going to make some new ones for me but hasn’t been able to get on with it lately. We called in to that well known cheap supermarket on Saturday for milk and saw some metal arches. We decided to take one to see what they were like. This is how the old one looked, fairly covered in clematis. ( as it turned out, actually held together by clematis…🤔 ) (The front one not the back one)

As I’ve said, I’ve been patching it up for years and I realised after the high winds this winter and spring that if one more fat pigeon sat on top of it, the whole lot would collapse. So it had to go….before it fell on someone or even worse, damaged any plants….;o) it didn’t look too bad when you couldn’t see it…..see it for foliage that is…lol

I needed to provide some form of support for the Dr Ruppel clematis which was beginning to put on growth again.
Removing the old arch left a gaping hole so I felt I needed to replace it asap.

As T is not able to make me new arches yet, the cheapy one from the supermarket will fit the bill for now.

The clem is safely tied back to the frame now without much damage and can continue to grow to flower later this year. I don’t know how long the arch would last but surprisingly it has a 3 year warranty on it! Plenty of time for T to get his act together, stop having accidents and get those arches and trellis panels made…….👹
So glad we got it done yesterday as its extremely cold this morning. There is a keen frost. It was cold in the shade yesterday but it would be finger numbing this morning I reckon. It would be a right fiddle trying to fit small nuts and bolts with ten frozen fingers that feel like fat sausages. 😱

This is the second arch T fetched today as this one was crumbling too.

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Your new arch still looks very lovely- as does the rest of the garden :)

10 Apr, 2016

 

Well done both - it's a great buy!

10 Apr, 2016

 

Great job.

10 Apr, 2016

 

That will do nicely HB. Really cold wind here today. Dewy this morning, but thankfully no frost. Its sunny but very cold.

10 Apr, 2016

 

If you get the three years that can't be bad for a cheapie!! You did have a severe frost! It has turned cold and very windy here, not nice at all.......

10 Apr, 2016

 

We looked closely at the second arch and that too was crumbling so T went to get another one and we've put that up now. For about £19 you can't grumble and as I say they will serve their purpose until he can build me some stronger ones. The clematis iether side of the second arch were well on their way and took a bit of untangling but they look fine now they are tied back fortunately. It turned into a lovely day up until mid afternoon when the cold wind returned but at least we managed to g t everything done and th rubbish cleared away.

10 Apr, 2016

 

Oh well done, just the right time to do it, before the Clem's get heavy, we have several arches some metal some wood, but none of them last, because of the wet winters, I dread having to replace them!!

11 Apr, 2016

 

My arch is plastic, quite heavy duty. It supports a Lonicera Halliana and a jasmine, and has been going strong for over 10 years. I have had a couple of cheapies - metal ones, very like yours - in the past. They actually lasted quite a long time and gave good value, I thought. As you say, over the years, it is hard to say whether the arch is supporting the climber, or vice versa!

It was very chilly here this morning, though no frost. I think it was mainly wind chill. Around midday, it suddenly got quite a bit warmer. We are champing at the bit to lounge outside! It'll be a little while yet, I fancy...

11 Apr, 2016

 

Whooo. Lovely job

14 Apr, 2016

 

I spent all day yesterday painting trellis. What a faff trying to reach behind the shrubs, climbing roses and clematis. Still it looks loads better for a lick of paint. I looked like the jolly green giant by the time I'd finished. The paint would keep splattering my arms and face. Good job it washed off in the shower. Lol

14 Apr, 2016

 

Haha Homebird, and roses always hook into the skin ouch, well worth doing though. I've been in the pond today in leaking waders, sigh, removing rampant bog bean, wish my water hawthorn was rampant instead and looked as good as yours.

14 Apr, 2016

 

Ooh! Cold wet feet. Don't envy you. I bought some waders a few years ago so I could sort out the pond plants. The feet are so big I found it hard to move without over balancing. I now wait till the water is warmer and get in in short shorts and my jellies. I have to pull some of the water Hawthorne out every year or it could take over.

14 Apr, 2016

 

Your arches look great. I made the mistake of turning my arch into a bird feeding station as well as growing plants on it. The smaller birds feeding there were OK but the jackdaws and crows plus 3 delinquent squirrels just were too much and the plants were torn to pieces. Went out in the rain this morning and reinstated a proper feeding station.

I will look forward to a blog about your paddling in the pond antics :)

16 Apr, 2016

 

Sorry but had to smile. I hope your plants recover quickly from their battering.
I think Dawn should have put photos on of her sloshing about in her leaky waders don't you? I put a photo on of me in my pond gear a few years ago in a blog....;o)

17 Apr, 2016

 

Oh dear, me in waders not a pretty sight. Now Homebird, I'm not scare mongering but .....? Like you, a couple of summers ago I couldn't find the flipping leaking waders so I thought oh well, I will go in, in shorts, in my wellies and just let my wellies fill with water. All good until after I had my shower as and my legs started to itch. Cutting to the chase I ended up on antibiotics, my legs had so many bites, a member on here in Canada said folk over there get it when swimming in rivers, its called swimmers itch, get ready ..... Snail larvae burrowing into the skin, our pond is full of water snails, so make sense. So be careful! 😀

17 Apr, 2016

 

Oh! Cricket, I never gave that a thought. I look like dragging the waders out and getting T to clear out the spiders before I put them on. The most I've worried about had been hoping I got used to the cold water quickly and didn't squash any dragonfly larvae underfoot in the mud. Thanks for the warning. I haven't any water snails but better safe than sorry. 😉

17 Apr, 2016

 

I felt exactly like you, thinking there would be no harm,except being cold, maybe they were mosquito bites, I don't know but the itching was unbearable.

19 Apr, 2016

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