Quest for cedar Part 3

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Blog entry by dickson posted 03-04-2011 11:55 PM 733 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Having built on to my house using the plans I designed for the blueprint, I had to decide what to do with the ugly hump in my backyard next to my new deck that housed an old storm shelter covered by a piece of heavy metal that had to be pushed aside before going down inside a concrete structure crudely made in the early 1900’s that had a piece of concrete wall protruding up against the hump of dirt that was the roof of the shelter.
There had been a house that burned down before our house was built 12 years later on that site. I knew that if anything could make it look good and fit into my plans to be surrounded by things made of cedar; I had to construct a covering out of CEDAR!
As soon as I figure out how to upload pictures of this and my other cedar funiture, you will get to see how cedar has transformed such an ugly hump in my backyard creating a glorius flower garden that brings me serenity as I sit on my deck.
My design was to make a covering of cedar doors to to the top of the concrete steps that lead down into the shelter. We used black hinges and handles on the two doors that can be locked to hold them in place from inside in case of a tornado, but they can be easily opened from above to rest onto each side where attached flowerboxes contain lilies, buttercups, tulips, and pansies.
I have a huge cedar flowerbox resting on top of the concrete wall that has exteneded cedar sides that cover that ugly structure and attaches to the door and flowerbox platform below it. This also contains bulbs and seed plants.
Resting at the far end of the hump of dirt was I dead tree that I had cut down that is now covered by a huge cedar planter filled with buttercups and pansies.
The flower garden is filled with hundreds of bulbs and seed plants that go around all these cedar stuctures. I also have a path outlined in cedar boards that is filled with river pebbles and stepping stones that will lead you up to the opening of the storm shelter covered by cedar.
I’m just getting started on turn my outdoors into a cedar filled wonderland!

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