to do: next summer?

I came across this picture on This Young House the other day. They had gone on a garden tour in Richmond and snapped this photo:I love it! It seems like such a great idea, and I can't wait to do something similar on the front of our garage. Hopefully it won't be too difficult to train the ivy to grow on the wires in that pattern. We want to paint our garage first, so this will probably have to wait until we paint the house (we want the garage to match the house)... but maybe next summer? Here's the only picture I could find of the garage, lovely concrete block...

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2 Responses to to do: next summer?

Lou said...

Hi Katie
Just be careful with ivy.
I know in the part of the world where I live it can become a pest and is considered, by some, to be a weed.
If placed on bricks, it can make its way into the mortar and crumble it away. This is not so good for the structural integrity of the building.
cheers, Lou

Katie said...

hi lou! thanks for the great comments today! and living in sydney, i am very jealous. i was lucky enough to visited australia about 12 years ago and looved it. i actually came back and named the family cat sydney. i hope to go back someday. i completely agree about seeing other homes around the world, i find it so interesting to study not only the different housing types, but also to see how people live in their homes.

i was wondering how the ivy would do with the block, i don't think i'd do something like that on our brick house, but i was thinking that on the garage i might try to build some kind of frame so it's not actually growing on the surface of the blocks, but maybe a few inches away.


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