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Old 07-18-2016, 10:02 AM   #41 (permalink)
 
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Very nice.

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Are you going to add a second story to the deck, or is that for a pergola?

Looking great. If you could share the back yard behind yours with that rock garden, y'all would have an awesome combo.
It will either be a solid roof or pergola, the jury is still out but I am leaning towards a solid roof done with Suntuff panels so I will get shade and rain protection.
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Those 6x6s are beefy enough for a second story if you ever decide to remove that window you keep shooting from and turn it into a door.
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Old 07-18-2016, 10:55 AM   #43 (permalink)
 
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I climbed onto the roof for the photos there is a window there and a second story deck has been discussed and shot down.
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Gotcha. Too bad. I used to be a contractor, and did a few two story decks. Yours is set up perfectly, at least for US code.
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Gotcha. Too bad. I used to be a contractor, and did a few two story decks. Yours is set up perfectly, at least for US code.
I am still thinking of doing an addition that would be to the left of this deck and up 3 steps, I would have to take a window out of the kitchen /eating area and replace that with french doors. It would then cover the lower stone patio where my BBQ is . But I am also thinking of turning that area into a nice little sitting conversation area, Add some more plants and a love seat or two and I think it could be pretty nice.
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If you want professional advice, I will be more then happy to work with you. PM me and and I'd love to see your situation.
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Old 08-10-2016, 05:33 PM   #47 (permalink)
 
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So its been about a month since I last updated.

The Basjoo's are coming along well but the Ensete's seem to be stalled and are getting quite ratty looking.Not sure if I should cut them back and let them start over or let them go and see what happens. Thoughts?

Finally, just tonight I managed to get this new bed planted. Its got a Trachycarpus Fortuneii, two Ensete, three Alocasia Calidora, three hardy Ginger, a bunch of daylillies that I divided from another bed and some Canna's Hopefully it grows in as well as it has in my mind

Making a quick reply. I have an enset that was born because somebody cut back theirs hard, or it broke. I also just read about one such example where they cut it back hard, and then cut a notch down across the corm to wond it. The following photo had all kinds of shoots, which properly cared for turned into what was 12 or 15 plants quite possibly.
I have a long time to grow before we cut ours, but we do intend to cut it and make pups, before it flowers!
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Glad your ensetts have done well. They look very happy.
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So where did the last month go? Seems summer has finally brought some heat so everything finally kicked into gear.
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Now the new bed that I planted on the north side of my driveway.

this has come along pretty well but I am disappointed in the canna bulbs that I got this year. over half haven't come up and the ones that did are very slow and short.
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Down to the lower patio, the ferns are native and keep coming on their own so I have stopped fighting them and planted some hens & Chicks and sedum in the rocks.

On a trip to HD this weekend I found 4 of these planter with very neglected Ensete Ventricosum for $12 so I brought them home and started rehabbing them, you know watered and gave them sunlight.

and finally my Trachycarpus has not only flowered this year but has also shot up to about 6'-6" this year.
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Your pictures are inspiring! I love your setup.
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