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Post by freebird on 11th May 2014, 1:42 pm

Eons ago we had metal front gates. Living as we do on a busy main road meant that sooner or later they would be damaged by a vehicle. And so it came to pass, and the damaged gates were removed and languished in the back garden for nigh on twenty five years.

They've recently done service as 'stop the dog jumping over the woodpile and getting into the vegetable garden' gates. But since the assembly of my new arbour, I found I wanted more privacy, and the gates caught my eye. Knowing the man can cut and weld metal, I put my ideas to him, and lo, today he has finished making my idea.

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It's a bit difficult to see with the busy background, and has yet to be painted and installed. One of the gates was very bent and broken - he cut it and straightened it and welded it back together. Then he bought the two outside uprights and welded the gates in between them. The bottom gate is the right way up, the top one upside down. It's going to be next to the arbour, and I have already planted the alpine clematis to grow up it - though I think sweet peas this year to fill it quickly.
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Post by Dandelion on 11th May 2014, 4:03 pm

Amazing!

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Post by Jaded Green on 12th May 2014, 8:54 am

wow. what colour are you painting it?
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Post by Ploshkin on 12th May 2014, 1:23 pm

Well, your garden is going to be a posh place. That's an excellent use for your ex gates. I don't do metal myself but am tempted to have a go at welding - Mr P has all the gear & more but if I asked him to do anything like that it would be on an industrial scale & would be capable of stopping an advance of Russian tanks.
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Post by Chilli-head on 12th May 2014, 10:03 pm

Good job - are you going to grow a climber over it to make a denser screen ? A clematis might like it on there, and look good. Or maybe a vine ?
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Post by freebird on 13th May 2014, 8:44 am

Yes indeed CH - I have already planted the alpine clematis that is going to grow up it, though will fill in with sweet peas for this year.
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Post by freebird on 3rd June 2014, 8:30 am

I had quite forgotten to post the 'after' pic. The screen has been installed and painted for about three weeks now, and the sweet peas are just starting to climb, the clematis just starting to twine.

When I took this, I hadn't planted the sweet peas, so this is in its bare state:

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Post by Jaded Green on 3rd June 2014, 9:08 pm


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Post by Dandelion on 3rd June 2014, 10:42 pm

That's amazing - what a difference! (Love the colour!)

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