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Supporting Role

August 9, 2012

Here’s a neat solution for supporting climbers and it’s relatively easy to DIY since the grid is available from most builders merchants. Look for concrete reinforcing mesh and there are various sizes the minimum being 2 x 3.6 m so you can usually get quite a few trellis pieces from one. It can be cut with a hack saw or angle grinder depending on how energetic you are and what tools you have available. If attaching to masonry you need eye bolts and these can be found on the internet very cheaply: for this size trellis 100mm M6 size were used. If it’s to be attached to fencing then eye screws would hold it in place.

It was painted with black Hammerite metal paint to extend the life of the grid but I imagine it would look good rusty. The eye bolts keep it proud of the wall enabling the climbers to grow through and up the wires with a good air flow to keep the plants healthy. The clematis is C. ‘Bees Jubilee’ and the spacing on the grid (un-like horizontal wires) would allow room for a honeysuckle or a small climbing rose to mingle with it.

I like the contrast of this hydrangea with the similar tones of the metal container. The plant was bought at Ikea so no name available and I dropped the pot with the plant still  in the compost into the bucket where it sat for a fortnight before I planted it in the ground.  I am strongly attracted to hydrangea at the moment partly because they flower for weeks in the garden in total shade and because they last well when cut for the house. The hydrangea below is the cut flower for this week (sorry I’ve lost the label so can’t name it) mixed with the flowers of Sedum ‘Autumn Glory’  which are still green before turning red in a few weeks time. Now is a good time to take a look at hydrangea plants in garden centres where you can choose the colour blooms that appeal most.

And here it is in the garden where it is one of three plants in a row providing a big display of cool white flowers in a dark corner.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Marigold Jam permalink
    August 9, 2012 4:20 pm

    Good idea that! It looks good. Love your little flower arrangements each time. I also love hydrangeas which is odd because I used to hate them for some reason – weird. My blue ones brought from France are resolutely pink here in UK though!

    • August 9, 2012 4:34 pm

      Is that a soil difference as in more acid? I used to hate hydrangeas too so now I wonder what other plants are awaiting my u turn.

  2. August 9, 2012 9:30 pm

    Loving the concrete mesh idea, inspired. I love Hydrangeas too but only in recent years. I’ve just posted about taste and how it changes. It’s strange isn’t it? I bought a lime green coloured one last year which is just starting to flower. Would love some others but just don’t have the space 😦

  3. August 20, 2012 8:31 pm

    That mesh is great…I’m going to keep an eye open when I pass the local building site!

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