Plodes Wave Fire Pit, Carbon, 40.5", 1/4" Carbon Steel Plate
Plodes Wave Fire Pit, Carbon, 40.5", 1/4" Cor-Ten Steel Plate
EJ : I will share this with my welder and ask his thoughts. I imagine we could do something like this. I like the idea of some shapes punched out of a fire ring too - like the photo with the oak leaves you shared adjacent to this. I'll consider it while onsite tomorrow mocking up the garden beds : )
American bittersweet may be an option for pine tree area to add interest and a bit of screening. The female vine has these beautiful seed heads in fall/winter (assuming a male is nearby). It can get pretty large too if left unpruned. It would need support. ...and great wildlife value - it's a major winter food source for birds. What a great thing to have outside the kitchen window! I can't believe I I didn't think of it earlier. Especially with the pine right there we'd be creating a great bit of habitat.
This appears to be a corten (or similar) weathering steel. After a bit of time in the outdoors it gets this great weathered patina which actually prevents rusting of the material. It's a really nice product and could look stunning with the other elements we have assembled. The irregular form of this is really appealing to me. I'm not certain it is the right look for your home but I share it to point out the possibilities.
For the raised beds we should consider some alternatives. The rounded form of these galvanized water tanks might be appealing. The added height above grade could be helpful to keep the rabbits out as well as reducing stooping/bending over. There are numerous material & design options but something prefab like this could save on construction costs. Corten steel would be another option. We could consider incorporating a bench with tool storage beneath as well if the garage & potting shred fill up.
This is the aronia we planted - as we discussed the plant has great fall color, edible fruit (full of anthocyanins), and nice flowers... It should look great year-round but especially when full of purple fruit and during fall color. Once the prairie dropseed grasses get larger it will make a really nice composition with the asters and large boulders. Just keep an eye out for rabbits chewing on this one - especially when it's young.
We talked a bit about how fruit comes all at once and may be difficult to handle all of it at one time - especially if you are traveling. Some of these other growing methods can preserve space and also limit total fruit volume. Consider other functions these fruit trees could provide. A 'Belgian Fence' along one of the property lines could be compact and provide a bit more privacy. There are some newer narrow, upright varieties that use minimal space too. We should talk to our orchard contact to discuss training options that may be suitable. Also, we could potentially use trees grafted with several apple varieties to increase flavor options without having too much yield to manage.