Unfortunately, we had some very cold winters that killed off the honeysuckle vines. We took down the archway, cut back the dead branches, and were left with just the gate that looks bare and in desperate need of a face lift.
So I went looking for garden gates that were green in color, hoping to find something I liked and would inspire me to repaint the wooden gate. Here are some pretty gates that I found while doing an internet search:
Using oil paint from a tube, paint thinner and a linseed oil mixture with instructions here, this is our newly refurbished stained gate:
This is the gate yesterday prior prior to staining:
What a difference a little paint makes!
This is a Green Man, cast in iron, similar to one that I just ordered to attach to the fence:
The Green Man
...is that spirit, energy, presence, inherent in every cell of the vegetative realm, and transmitted to the animal/human realms through the foods we eat, the flowers we smell, the trees we hug. He is Pan.