Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Sometimes we just need a little extra support...

I'm always on the lookout for easy trellis ideas. If not easy then at least innovative, something that gets my wheels turning. While I appreciate the creative "pot and piece" stacking here it's not really my style.

But it's something I can build upon, and make my own. I'm still not exactly sure how, but I'm enjoying thinking about it. And I love the idea of a grid panel hanging from a horizontal piece.

In the same garden (the Eckerdt garden —  Deerly Missed — part of the Salem Study Weekend, full post yet to come) was this great re-purposed lampshade / plant cage. I think I might have taken all the fabric off, but maybe they're enjoying seeing how long it takes to decompose?

The plant being protected is an Oak, Quercus robur 'General Pulaski'.

Maybe it's because of my background in lighting (and memories of sweet old ladies who needed to replace their disintegrating silk lampshades and were overwhelmed by the choices) but this just makes me smile.

Another garden we toured that weekend (Schreiner, yes...a future blog post) used this simple rebar design...

I really like this one and need to shop it around to someone capable of welding.

Such a small footprint but rocketing skyward,...

Looks like it has other uses besides holding up your vines...

One more design, this borrowed from gardenista.com. I don't think I would use bamboo and twine but maybe. Ideas are percolating....

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18 comments:

  1. Love these ideas. It's so much fun to see how other people solve gardening challenges and create their own art. Good one.

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    1. Garden tours/open gardens are such stimulators of thought and creativity. We're lucky to have so many opportunities here in the PNW.

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  2. Love the rebar one. Are the horizontals just welded on? I would like those pot stacks if there was no color. I don't want my garden ornaments to take attention from the plants so rebar and terra-cotta are my kind of choices. As for bamboo and twine: Gardenista seems to have ideas that are time-consuming and silly. All that work and then it will decompose in nothing flat. And a serious vine will eat it up and spit it out.

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    1. Yes welded, or so I believe. Ya the color is what I don't care for. It worked in the garden it was in, but it wouldn't here...or in yours. "a serious vine will eat it up and spit it out"...haha, you had me laughing at that one. So true!

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  3. Isn't it great the way garden visits can get the wheels turning, taking good ideas and making them our own? I expect to see dangerous versions of these spewing forth after they've had some time to rattle around in that creative brain.

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  4. I like the hanging idea of the first one, but that rebar one will poke you hurtfully -- at least it would me!

    (I've got a trellis design that I've started and I know you're going to love...)

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    1. Can't wait to see it! Oh and the rebar one would be in a place (middle of a cramscaped planting bed) where I wouldn't be able to easily come in contact with it.

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  5. Now I have an image of your mind spinning fanciful creations on every garden tour! I look forward to seeing what new trellis tricks you come up with.

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  6. Support can be beautiful as the commercial used to say. Some interesting ideas and I look forward to seeing how you make them your own. I've been told by people who weld that it's not really difficult to do it well enough to make garden ornaments. There are surely classes offered at a nearby voc-tech college.

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    1. Was that a bra commercial? And you know...maybe you're on to something with that class idea!

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  7. Knowing how to weld is a really good thing.

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  8. My ideal trellis would be copper pipe and wood. I love the idea of hanging something.

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    1. Is there a copper pipe and wood trellis in your future?

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  9. I love the hanging trellis idea. Seems like it wouldn't be too hard to adapt different materials. For you, I'm picturing sections of orange-painted metal with metal cords of some sort holding them together, or galvanized metal with orange-coated wires.

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    1. You know where I really picture a hanging trellis? Back in that corner when I needed to hide the offending bi-color garage. Now that the plants have grown in it's not really an issue. Thank god!

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