Friday, May 25, 2012

The Dream Sequence

Every time I saw a picture of a rose covered arbor, I would stop.  I would stare.  I would dream.  

I really, really wanted a rose covered arbor!  Actually, I wanted an entire walkway of rose covered arbors!  But an entire walkway seemed a bit unfeasible, even in my dreams.

Still, I was determined to have at least one rose covered arbor.  Somewhere!  Surely I could figure out where to put just one!  So, I began to plan.

And a couple of years ago, I received an arbor as a present.  (Thanks, honey!)  My plans were big.  Make that, my plans were BIG!  Too big.  Way too big.  Too labor intensive.  And too expensive.

I just hate budgets!  :(


So, the arbor lay in pieces in the grass.  Just a pile of rusting metal.  Not at all the beauty I had envisioned.

I needed a new plan.  After all, I already had the arbor!

As a bonus, I learned how to pour concrete footings!

And this week it happened.  Ta-dah!  The arbor has been set up.  At last!


One day it will be covered in roses.  And when you go through it, you will see the gazebo.  Which will also be covered in roses.


Yes, I'm still dreaming, but at least one part of the sequence has been achieved.

(And if you're wondering, no, the catenary bed is still not finished!  Yes, I'm slow.  I'm a dreamer!)

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  1. I am a big fan of slow dreams. Some may call mine procrastination, I just call it taking my time to do it right. lol. I don't know what I'd do if I wasn't trying to dream of something else/new. Nice job on the arbor and footings. Keeping dreaming.

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    1. I think mine is more a case of procrastination! lol This area is taking a lot longer than I ever dreamed! :)

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  2. The arbor is beautiful even without roses, Holley! I look forward to seeing your rose covered arbor in the future. As a fellow dreamer, I hate budgets too! lol

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    1. Budgets can really mess up those dreams, can't they? I dream of having no budget! :)

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  3. yay! You are on your way...it looks like such a great dream!

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    1. I think once it's all finished (whenever that will be!), it will be glorious! At least, it's glorious in my dreams! ;)

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  4. can't tell at a quick glance where you are located, but that arbor is to wonderful..... does hubby remember WHERE he got it...., ????? I have similar rose dreams... so happy for you that you are moving forward on THE plan.... and you will be surprised, two years in the ground and your forms will be covered.... my original forms are too small....

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    1. Mimi - I am located in East Texas (Tyler). If that is not too far for you, and you want to know where we got the arbor, email me at holleygarden (at) yahoo (dot) com and I'll be happy to give you any information you want. :) So nice to meet another rose dreamer!

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  5. Dreams do come true! Some dreams come true almost immediately and others can take years.

    Your arbor is beautiful and will even be more so covered in roses. Enjoy the process and before you know it your dreams will be reality.

    Hugs ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Thanks for the reminder to enjoy the process. Sometimes I get frustrated when my dreams don't immediately spring to life! :)

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  6. Budgets are such party poopers. Mr. Holleygarden, on the other hand, sounds like just the right kind of party enabler. What a gorgeous arbor! I'll bet your dreams are just as gorgeous--you've certainly made a mighty fine start. I can just picture the gazebo covered with climbing roses, a few petals drifting in the wind...

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    1. So glad you can see the dream, too! Yes, Mr. Holleygarden is wonderful at enabling! Just one reason I love him so! :)

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  7. What an unusual arbor - and so nice and BIG! :-) You'll be able to fit lots of roses on there.

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    1. It is big. Almost too big for the space it is in now. (Not too big for where I first planned it!) But I am so glad it is finally up! I see it out the window every morning, and am so pleased!

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  8. Oh but what a beauty it will be upon completion. Keep picturing it and you will make it happen.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. Yes, I think of the final picture often. It is beautiful in my dreams!

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  9. I love the arbor and it looks like you did a great job on those concrete footings. And really, I think taking things slowly is almost always the better speed.

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    1. Well, I stay at the better speed! ;) I am a slow worker, but I enjoy every minute of it. :)

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  10. Stunningly gorgeous, you do dream big and it works!

    Your garden will be all the better for it.

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    1. Yes, I have a lot of dreams for my garden. I hope I can get it all done in my lifetime! :)

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  11. You will love it, Holley... There's a house down the street for us which has a rose arbor ---just filled with gorgeous little white roses. It's so pretty!!!!! You will have the same thing sometime.... Keep up the good work.

    Hope you have a great Memorial Day Weekend. It's going to be a hot one here (temps. in the 90's)... Yipes!!!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. All it takes is time and effort! :) I hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend, too. Stay cool!

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  12. Very nice, Holley! You have such a way with Roses, I'm sure your full dream will be a reality in no time. Have fun during the journey! :)

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    1. Yes, I love the journey. I can't imagine what I will do when my garden is finally complete!

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  13. Beautiful arch, Holley - worth the wait. And you can pour concrete footings? Pop round would you - I may have some work for you. D

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    1. It was easy, once I was taught. I might become quite dangerous with a concrete mixer now! :)

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  14. That is a lovely arbour. I only have room for small arches, but I can dream by looking at your blog! Hurry up and tell us what you are planting on it :)

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    1. I'm planting a rose - of course. New Dawn, which is very reliable, and a beautiful pink. Thorny, though! :(

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  15. what a stunning arbor for roses....I can see them on it already and that gazebo...oh my!!

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    1. I think gardeners all have very fine imaginations! I can see it covered in roses, too! :)

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  16. I'm pleased to see I'm not alone in this World! I start a lot of things simultaneously and then it takes me ages to carry those jobs out! Your arbor looks great! I had a rectangular gazebo (made on my order by my dad! - so it was very budget friendly) on my previous garden: something like 3x4,5 mt and 2,5mt tall. I planted 6 big roses on that, one for each pillar and they covered everything in only 2 years. I have two important things to suggest you: don't plant too much thing on your arbor, it will be covered anyway AND choose a prickless rose for your eyes's sake! ;)

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    1. I hadn't thought about my eyes! But, you're right - thorns can be very dangerous. Unfortunately, I fell in love with the blooms of New Dawn rose, and purchased two - one for the gazebo and one for the arbor. New Dawn is very thorny. I may eventually regret that decision!

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  17. I find those that are dreamers a)are never finished, but b) even though they always tell you 'oh its not done' they nearly always have these wonderful gardens, those that our conscious didn't mess up, because our subconscious spent so much time planning in the background.

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    1. I love thinking that my subconscious is working in the background while I'm taking so much time getting my garden together! Thanks for those encouraging words!

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  18. Holley, you're not alone. I'm a slow dreamer, too. Can't wait to see the roses on the arbor. I think often of your catenary and wonder if I can incorporate a similar concept in my garden.

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    1. I hope you can find a way to put a small catenary in your garden. I think it will be great - if it is every finished! haha

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  19. Ah, but now its almost donme - plant and wait! Its going to be beautiful!!
    I too dream of an archway covered in roses but am battling to find a sunny spot to put it. Maybe in my next garden ...

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    1. You're right that getting the arbor up (and deciding where to put it) took the longest! I just have a few tweaks now (removing more grass, putting in a pathway, etc.) and one day I will be posting an 'after' picture! Perhaps an archway covered in something shade loving - like a climbing hydrangea - would be a good substitute to dream about.

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  20. WOW! That's one huge garden you have...looking forwards to future rose postings x

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    1. The garden is becoming quite large, and I keep thinking of more projects to include! :)

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  21. Glad to see the arbour finally up, and a lovely one too! Looking forward to seeing it with roses climbing on it :)

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    1. I was thrilled when I got the arbor. I wanted one that I could easily pass through without worry of ducking my head!

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  22. What a great dream coming alive! It takes time sometimes but if you don't give up on believing, everything's possible! 8)

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    1. I love those words! You're right - keep believing and don't give up! That's the gardener's motto! :)

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  23. What a great arbor!! LOVE IT!! What roses are you going to plant along it?

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    1. I have a New Dawn that I've been trying to keep alive! (I'm not good with plants in pots.) I'm hoping to get it in the ground before I have to go buy another one! :)

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    1. That's a great motto! I need to remember that one!

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  25. Roses will look fantastic growing on that arbor.

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    1. Thank you, Mary. I hope it will look as good as in my imagination!

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  26. I officially have arbor envy! That is beautiful! I can't wait to see how the dynamics around it change! :)

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    1. I have a lot of plans for everything around it, too. Getting the arbor up was just the first step! I guess that's why I was so excited - I can now start on the other steps!

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  27. What a gorgeous arbor! Can't wait to see it covered in roses!
    I love vines, and when we were getting our fence built, Mr. Red House had them build me an arbor over one of the gates as a present for me. Arbors are such great gifts!! Much better than jewelry... (only a gardener would say that!)

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    1. Yeah for Mr. Red House! And I agree with your last statement. I never ask for jewelry. I always ask for something for the garden! :)

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  28. Such a beautiful arbor. Can't wait to see it covered in roses. Great work!

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    1. I'm hoping my rose will grow fast, too! Always so much patience required in realizing a dream!

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