Not only is he good at math he can wield a post hole digger like a professional. You can see that he had the proper supervision, our past gardening companion Mishka. Mishka always liked to be in the middle of the action.As you can imagine I was shocked at the cost of the cedar but it had to match the screen at the end of the patio since they are nearly side by side.
The sides of the arch were made to look like the panel that is at the end of the patio. We added the side trellis after we got it put together. I don't know if it would have been easier to put it all together at once but I can tell you this. It was heavy and awkward to jostle into place as it was.
I have threatened to make a couple more of the arches. I could make 3 of them out of treated lumber for what we paid for the cedar to make this one. The cost of cedar is outrageous here. Redwood is even more expensive.
Having several other wooden arch arbors is another of those 'winter dreaming' schemes.
This all looks so much different now that the plants have settled in.
The Lonicera is so thick that nothing will grow on the back side of the screen. I have planted a climbing hydrangea at the sunny side of the arch but it is taking its time growing up the arch. I got so impatient with the hydrangea that I planted a jackamanii clematis with it to have a little color while the hydrangea moseys up the arch. Below you can see how it looked this past spring. I think I have shown this photo before but it is one of my favs because I like to look out my back door and see this lonicera strewing its petals on the patio. Sometimes it looks like someone frosted this area with orange frosting.You can see that the Climbing Hydrangea is still sitting low on the arch arbor. It has sat there for about 4 years. I am normally a patient person regarding the garden but this thing is testing me. I have read many times that these climbing hydrangeas just grow and take over...well I am still waiting with my Felcos poised to try to tame it...in my dreams.