For the last couple of years we have had a couple of non-hardy plants growing on trellises that we transport back and forth from the greenhouse to the back fence with the changing seasons. This way we can enjoy some near-tropical climbing and flowering plants in the yard during the summer and keep them alive over the winter. I mounted brackets on the back fence for reattaching the trellises each year and I have Christie help me move the potted plant, attached to the trellis back and forth.
This year I had another plant (or two) that I wanted to add to the shuffle, but I was out of trellises. I knew that I could buy another trellis to match the ones I have, but it would require a trip to Oklahoma City and also would cost a bit of moolah. And we had some wood lying around...
So I decided to just make my own trellis. It's a pretty simple contraption and it didn't even need to be an exact match to look legit. After previous unpleasant incidents with the circular saw, I had Christie on hand to help me hold the wood while I was cutting these slivers of wood. It helps to have a supervisor nearby who reminds you not to do stupid things - like getting your fingers in the way of whirring blades that don't notice the difference in wood and finger.
About fifteen minutes of work and we had a new trellis mounted on the back fence with my Flame Vine (Pyrostegia venusta) planted at the base. (and I still had all my fingers!)
|One of our purchased trellises. Notice the Passiflora bloom. More on that later...|
|Veritable smorgasbord of unknown projects|
|My new trellis, crafted by moi.|