was reading a magazine on a flight from ATL to somewhere for work
and saw an advertisement for a window company. It was a sales piece
for a high end garden window with an artsy concept of it's mullions
being made from bent tree limbs in a gothic arch. I ripped the ad
out as I had another garden idea.
On the farm the year old tree saplings were starting to grow thick
in the areas near the clearing. I went out to the stand with my
loppers and cut down a dozen of these small tender trees, trimmed off
the few branches and cut them to a length of about 12 feet.
Back at the barn I got the compressor out with the finish nail gun
and went to work. Using the ad as a sample I arched the outer
saplings to form the outer frame. Then added additional trees to
attain the inner arches, I added the cross bars, nailed everything
in place. In a relatively short time I had a finished rustic bent
wood trellis similar to the advertisement. It looked great.
This is the first year for our garden in the foundation of the old
chicken house. I decided that this trellis was to be the statement
that the garden started from this point on. I pounded a couple of
heavy steel fence posts to anchor the trellis to and elevate it off
the ground a few inches so it would not have ground contact and rot.
James found a package of Cypress Vines when looking for our garden
seeds. The package showed a delicate vine with small trumpet like
flowers of various colors. James planted a couple of seeds at each
upright and watered them in.
A week late the seeds had sprouted. Their initial leaves and sprouts
were not very impressive and did not
like a vine that would grow into something that would cover this 12
foot tall trellis. Within a few weeks the vine leaders were winding
their way up the frame. Additional branches of the vine started
their route up and across the trellis. By July 4th the Cypress Vine
was almost to the top. By the end of July the vine had filled in and
the blossoms were thick with their early morning bloom. As we were
admiring the vine we watched a hummingbird come up and work the
colorful presentation just a few feet from us.
This concept photo has proven to be a real barn project
winner. Several friends and neighbors have placed orders for a
trellis just like ours.