Thursday, March 01, 2018

Arbor jasmine

When Jilda mentioned building an arbor on the front of our house a few years ago I was hesitant. The front of our house is unique and I wasn't sure an arbor would fit. I couldn't see it.

Jilda said, "Trust me. It will look great." She has the knack for visualization. I wish I had it, but I don't. I trusted her. 

We had our carpenter up replacing our front steps. While he was out there, Jilda asked how hard it would be to build an arbor. She described what she envisioned. He listened intently. After she finished he said, "Let me study on it." He'd pulled his truck up in the yard to unload the lumber so he backed up to the hood of his truck as he studied the front of the house. Reaching into his pocket, he pulled a pack of Pall Malls from his overall pockets, tapped one out of the pack, and lit it with his lighter. 

After a long while, he pulled a tape measure from his pockets and made some preliminary measurements. Then he returned to the hood. Pulling a pad and pencil from his pocket, he drew out a rough draft. When he showed it to Jilda, she smiled. That pencil sketch is now what stands in the front of our house. 

We planted honeysuckle and jasmine on the front posts. The honeysuckle is slow to bloom in spring, but the jasmine does not hesitate.

It rained most of the day, but it cleared enough this afternoon before dusk that I could shoot a picture of our arbor jasmine. 


  1. It's easier to envision when it's something you want. Envisioning someone else vision takes a good listening ear and vision too. I love the pretty blooms.
    Hugs, Julia

  2. How beautiful and how wonderful Jilda had the vision that came to be such a wonderful place.

  3. I love it when when someone can 'see' what is not, then it is! Smart lady you are a fortunate guy (Of course youdidn't know that!) (smile)

  4. I am in awe of carpentry skills. I would love to build stuff, but it is not in me. My pops was pretty good and my son is also, I guess the gene skipped over me.

  5. Lovely photo. I love the smell of that flower. It reminds me of roaming the springtime woods as a kid.


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