Saturday, August 2, 2008
Trellises and dreams
The design workshop by the good folks on the Gardening Gone Wild blog is about trellises and screens this month. A worthy gardening topic since we all have dreams of luscious flowers cascading down and through a trellis or screening one of those eyesores we all have. Here are a couple from my yard, minus the luscious flowers at the moment. The first one near the round window was designed by my friend Alexis and built by a local man talented in the art of iron work. It gives a bit of modernity (sp?) to a traditional rose garden and house. This picture was taken last year when the Madame Alfred Carriere climber was not yet in bloom. This year it's zoomed over the top and is now climbing on the flat roof. Guess the trellis wasn't tall enough after all!
The other trellis is actually a very old Egyptian gate. I bought it several years ago with the idea that I was going to screen an area under a staircase. But I never got around to that and so I schlepped it to Louisiana when we moved. It now sits towards the back of the yard in line of sight from the deck. My grand plans were to have a clematis grow up through it but sadly, it's still a rather wimpy vine. This area gets dappled shade most of the day until towards the end when it gets blasted by the sun. So it's a challenge and if you have any good ideas of what vine will tolerate that, let me know.