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Wisteria on Atherton fort rustic-landscape

Wisteria on Atherton fort

Photo courtesy of Karen Aitken

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March 9, 2014
axtell21 wrote:
Tree trunk rot - How long do you think the tree trunk will last before it succumbs to rot? I have a huge tree tree that is coming down this coming summer (too close to house) and thought about doing something similar to this.
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It's been this way for at least 20 years. Such a large Oak trunk is pretty slow to rot though it surely is.
    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 11:09PM
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December 24, 2013
wolfgirl wrote:
Is this a wisteria? Is it attached to something?
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Wisteria attached to a Tree house, upon a dead Oak tree stump
    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 6:20PM
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February 26, 2012
debeck wrote:
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BUT THE BUGS! Wisteria attracts so many insects (had to take it outs from our pergola) Sorry. I love this in theory only.
    Bookmark   March 2, 2014 at 4:14AM
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All plants are wonderful. . . in their right place. No harm done by this Wisteria, being planted around an old Oak tree stump.
    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 11:04PM
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In Atherton, CA, wisteria fringes a backyard fort atop on old tree stump.
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With beautiful purple wisteria blooms dripping down around the structure of this nest built onto an old stump, the views from all sides are framed perfectly. The plantings give the tree house a veil of protection, while the open windows offer vistas. How will you create a nest today? Will you trim a few branches in spring to create a frame? Will you drag a comfy extra mattress out on your rooftop balcony next summer? Perhaps you will be inspired to break out the hammer and nails and build yourself your very own tree house complete with wisteria vines, a tiny door and a zip line — or maybe you will just close your eyes and dream of pirates and a family named Robinson.More: How to Create a Nest at HomeCreating Nests in Unexpected PlacesStaying Cozy Outdoors
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This beauty looks almost like a work of art. The caption attached to the photo by landscape designer Karen Aitken pretty much says it all: "Wisteria on Atherton fort."Browse photos of treehousesShow us your treehouse: Do you have a treehouse, or did you as a kid? Please add your photo — current or vintage — and tell us about it.More:Amazing 'James Bond' Treehouse in Athens14 Picture-Perfect PlayhousesSecret Forts Indoors
This floral fort wins the Best Use of an Old Tree Stump award. While I wouldn't recommend this wisteria-draped getaway for anyone allergic to any kind of stings, it could be a great place in which to perform scenes from Romeo and Juliet or Cyrano de Bergerac.

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