DIY Backyard Makeover: The Rose Arbor Project

March 4, 2014

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Spring Is In the Air – Let the Gardening Begin – At least That’s What I’m Telling Myself

We’ve experienced an unusually cold and dreary winter here in the South Texas Hill Country. Spring continues to be such a tease with another blast of cold weather heaving itself upon us on Sunday. (I know if you live up North you have no sympathy for me and my pity party. But hey, I do not like cold weather and that’s why I live in the South!)

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I am DONE with winter! So, I decided to ignore the fact that I’m shivering today and instead post sunny photos of my Rose Arbor Project! Soaking up photos of my sunny roses has given me hope that spring is truly just around the corner.

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I can almost smell the sweet fragrance drifting from the arbor. (Yes, at the moment I’m day dreaming. My roses have not begun to bloom this year. Soon, soon, I hope.)

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A Big Backyard and a Clean Slate!

Let’s start at the very beginning. A very good place to start. (Did anyone hear Julie Andrews singing?) When we moved into our 1950’s ranch style home, it boasted a big backyard with NO landscaping.

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Move-in Day 2008

We actually bought our little house because of its big backyard. But the landscape was bare. In defense of the previous owners, the deer in the area are relentless plant eating machines!

UFO homeschool project

Since 2008 we have been gutting and remodeling our little old house room by room. In 20011, we added a master bedroom and bath. Our home remodel is a never ending DIY project. I tell myself that patience is a virtue.

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A Backyard Makeover on a Budget

Along the way, I’ve been pouring many hours and much love into making over our once boring backyard. In the dirt and sunshine is where my heart truly resides!

Have I mentioned that I was raised by seriously frugal German parents? As they say, the apple does not fall far from the tree. They raised me to be a good little frugal German. Yes, I was budget conscious long before it was trendy!

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The Rose Arbor Project

My father helped me make my square foot gardens, Miss Enigma’s sandbox and my rose arbor. I am lucky because my father is retired, he engineers, he welds and he is always willing to help me with my projects. (Despite the fact that at the end of every project he announces, “This is the last project I’m doing.”)

I designed the simple arbor frame using galvanized fencing similar to what I used on our Inexpensive Trellis Screens. I dreamed it up and my father welded together the metal arbor frame. I don’t like a lot of frills. Just simple clean lines.

Cost $75.00

My father made one very sturdy arbor. An amazing bargain compared to those flimsy expensive arbors we all see at the big box stores.

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Things to Consider

  • Roses need sun to bloom!
  • Deer eat rose bushes!
  • Know what kind of rose you want, a bush or a climber.
  • Some roses are mannerly climbers and others are vigorous climbers.
  • Not all roses have a scent.

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I picked the climbing form of Cecile Burnner.

  • I planted this same rose at our previous home and it grew and bloomed fantastically!
  • It is a repeat bloomer, blooming from mid-spring until frost.
  • It is a vigorous climber.
  • I only planted one rose bush and it has easily grown up and over creating a nice canopy.
  • It takes a bit of work to tame. As it grows I use natural twine to tie-up and control the stems.
  • I use natural twine rather than wire because it will simply disintegrate over time. By the time it disintegrates, the bush is already trained between the lattice of the arbor.
  • Yes, the deer eat the leaves off of the bottom of my bush! I protect the outside with a cylinder of wire. But the deer cannot reach the top of my arbor and they cannot reach the blooming roses! So I just let them have a few of the bottom leaves.

Antique Rose Garden Field Trip

My Rose Inspiration

The Antique Rose Emporium in San Antonio, Texas is my inspiration when it comes to all things roses. Their gardens are a dream. If you aren’t lucky enough to live within driving distance checkout The Antique Rose Emporium website. They ship their roses throughout the U.S. You can even select, reserve and ship your roses later.

Square Foot Garden Designs

Are you longing for spring? What will be your first spring project?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

maryanne @ mama smiles March 5, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Your yard is beautiful!

Right now I’m trying to work out a way to plant a garden without the squirrels digging it up.

Jeannine March 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm

We have squirrels as well. I’m always fighting all of the critters.

Lindsay@ A Design Story March 5, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Hi… I blogged hop and found your adorable blog! I love the arbor… we are in the process of landscaping the front and backyard outside our new home. I love this idea… adorable!

XOXO~ Lindsay@ A Design Story

tammy cordery March 7, 2014 at 9:17 am

wow, you did a great job. I wish I had the time.

Jeannine March 8, 2014 at 6:44 am

Thanks, Tammy! I wish I had more time. I find gardening brings me such peace. Even it is really hard work and I get all sweaty and dirty. Plants and dirt and sunshine make me happy.

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