There are always a million ideas swirling around in my head. Hubby can see my mind working and probably thinking oh-oh here we go again. lol Every spring I have plans to improve or enlarge the garden. Some are large time consuming projects while others minor and easy to complete in less than a few hours time. Regardless they all add just a bit more of my personal touch to my garden space. Here’s one of the simpler projects I completed this spring. I have three Clematis ‘Niobe’ that were growing on small metal trellises. Of course I knew I could do better by moving them to the two large pvc trellises on the front of the house. Unfortunately there is a gap between the ground and bottom of the trellises of about 10 inches. I wanted the twining tendrils to have something to latch onto while they made their way up the structure this spring. I had these bamboo poles and a can of white spray paint sitting in my garage and an idea popped into my head. First I spray painted the bamboo white, then I cut them to size and inserted them into the bottoms of the hollow pvc bases of the trellises. A simple but effective project completed in less than an hour. The white poles now blend in with the rest of the structure and eventually you won’t see them at all is my hope. Last but not least, plant the vines and viola! A long drink of water, some compost or mulch to top it off and talk about almost instant gratification.
Archive for March 27th, 2009