The grapevines are starting to lose their leaves and I need to trim things back soon. The vines have created a privacy wall around the front yard, but I’m looking forward to opening things up again for a while.
The vine has grown up to 30 feet long in some places and is still grabbing and wrapping around branches and wires along the fence.
Over, through and around - amazing!
Up, over and around twice! How does it know to do this??!!!!
The vine looks messy from afar, but taking an up-close view is so interesting! Another little miracle of nature…..
My elderly neighbor has a Cup of Gold vine growing in her front yard and the plant was sending shoots straight up into the air. She wanted them cut but her gardener hadn’t been showing up, so I took on the task. I cut four stalks down and then cut those in shorter pieces to try to propagate. I dipped the ends in Rootone and stuck them in pots. Fast forward about two months and voila! What a nice surprise to find that one of the sticks had finally sprouted. One out of eight isn’t a great return, but it only cost me a few minutes of time so it’s all good!!!
Alleys don’t the get accolades they deserve. There’s a lot of interesting stuff going on in alleys if you take the time to look. I took a ride around my neighborhood the other day and found all these great vignettes. Ohhhmmm……
I was working in the front yard a couple of weeks ago when a couple on bikes stopped to look at the garden. The woman asked me, “Are you selling trellises?” which was a reasonable question because the garden is a mish-mash of bamboo poles, redwood, wrought iron and various other sticks and rods I’ve stuck in the ground. Last year I was not prepared for the incredible growth that took over so this year I overcompensated by making sure every plant that has sprawl potential was staked or trellised to the max. It was a bit much when all the plants were small, but now that everything is really starting to take off, it is becoming obvious to me that I did the right thing. Oh, and no, they are not for sale!