If I told you this is a photo of our backyard would you believe it?
It was taken sometime in September of 2005, right after our neighbor to the backside cut down a huge amount of laurel and built a fence. See the bare soil at the bottom the fence? That area had been under laurel. We lost a wall of green leaves and gained a few feet of property, along with a cheap ugly fence. For the record we had just moved in at the end of June...
The bamboo stock tanks along the back side of our patio were put in as a knee jerk reaction to how ugly that fence was. Here they are shortly after installation, before the patio was a reality.
Fast forward 15 years and a lot has changed!
However some of the fence was still visible. I wanted to grow a vine on it but there was nothing for the plant to grab a hold of.
That is until we put up these pieces of expanded metal...
I wanted something light that wouldn't damage the fence (it's not ours) and found a long piece of flexible metal. Andrew helped me cut it in half and came up with a genius mounting method. Three pieces of bamboo screwed to the fence space the screen out far enough from the fence that the vine can twist around the metal.
I actually planted the vine last summer, after Monrovia sent me some plants to trial, it's Cathedral Gem Sausage Vine, Holboellia coriacea—vigorous stems to 25ft long. Although this area doesn't get a lot of water, so I doubt it will be all that vigorous.
They actually sent me two plants and I couldn't come up with a long term place for the second to live, so it's here—yes, it is planted in a container, because getting a shovel in the soil here is next to impossible.
It's quite happy...
Maybe too happy?
Nah...too happy is fine for awhile. Maybe there will be flowers and namesake sausages this year?
Weather Diary, June 3: Hi 74, Low 54/ Precip 0
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