If there is one think I dislike about my garden, one thing I have to live with no matter what it is the white vinyl fence erected between our lots by my neighbors. I have a large garden for this part of the city and as such an insurmountably large wall of white blinding plastic to look at. This obstacle/limitation has become a mental tool I use to try and make peace with circumstances or facts I dislike but cannot improve. I am designing my garden not to desperately hide the fence but as if it did not exist. I hope someday my eyes will no longer be blinded by its harsh plastic-ness and will simply forget it is here. I have been in this garden eight years and it has yet to happen!
One of the tricks I employ to break up the white is trellises, I had relied on some rather wimpy big-box-store supports the past two years but last weekend Thomas helped me make this wood and re-bar six-foot tall trellis for some young clematis. We will make another Identical model for a purple lonicera.
The clematis is “Guernsey cream” and I’ll admit right away that untangling it from the previous support was completely nerve racking. I paused a lot and ended up with only one casualty. I think ultimately there will be more than one vine on this support. I hope to procure either a chocolate vine (perennial) or a hyacinth bean vine (annual) to supplement the clematis and give it something to twine on.
The casualty .